A number of Liverpool fans have been left unimpressed by reports that the club will seek to keep spending to a minimum in the summer transfer market.
David Maddock wrote in The Mirror that the need to restrict the transfer budget due to a loss of income from the coronavirus pandemic stopping football will force the Premier League leaders to limit their planned spending considerably. Consequently, they would likely begin next season with largely the same squad, possibly shorn of fringe players to be sold and players whose contracts expire in the summer. A link to the report was shared by @LFCTransferRoom on Twitter.
NEW ? | Liverpool will go into next season, when it finally gets underway, with the same squad, though they could look to offload players who are out of contract, and sell peripheral players if at all possible. [@MaddockMirror]
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) May 1, 2020
According to Maddock, prospective transfer bids for Timo Werner and Houssem Aouar, valued at £50m and £40m respectively by their current clubs, would need to be put on hold or abandoned completely as Premier League clubs rein in their planned spending in light of expected market deflation. [via The Mirror]
That would mean another quiet year in the transfer market for Liverpool, who according to TransferMarkt have spent less than £10m to bring in just four players, none of whom are first team regulars, over the past 12 months.
These Reds fans on Twitter fear another quiet summer transfer-wise, with some directing their ire at the club’s owners FSG:
The owners must have been overjoyed at having a new excuse to spend no money this summer
— Ben (@Beninho_10) May 1, 2020
That’s another summer of no spending by FSG, appreciate the climate makes it difficult but feeling like we need to upgrade our owners.
— Van The Man (@DavidVaughan5) May 2, 2020
— Reverse Flash (@ashutoshnegi007) May 2, 2020
If this is true we have truly messed up ?, not asking for a new squad just a couple of players to add to it to strengthen us because let’s be honest our bench is poor ?
— Mike Newell (@MikeNew1106) May 2, 2020
No spend, no win.
— Ciarán Seosamh (@Ciarn58975163) May 2, 2020
#LFC @LFC Considering our lack of spending and the incredible amount of success we’ve had on and off the pitch the last 3years this is embarrassing????? We can more than afford these players and to suggest we can’t is yet another insult to the fanbase!! FSG need to sell.
— Makaveli (@Marklfc10Mark) May 1, 2020
This is the perfect time to spend last season after the champions league win and especially after this season. Could regret this you strike while the iron is hot. Players want to join us more than they ever have.
— Aaron Jackson (@aaronjacko) May 1, 2020
Means we won’t sell Squad Players like Shaq or Lovren if we cannot replace them. Imagine losing out again on CBs or Mo gets injured.. who should come? If we don’t buy we shouldn’t sell.. we don’t do this anymore. Why is this all so stinky with FSG lately?
— Piia* ?? (@PiiaMay) May 2, 2020
Liverpool fans, do you think the Reds would regret spending little or nothing in the transfer market this summer or is such an approach understandable amid changing market conditions? Have your say by commenting below!