Reputable journalist Simon Hughes expects Liverpool to target ‘less obvious’ players this summer when Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his squad.
It’s widely expected the Reds will prioritise bolstering their attacking options at the end of the season, with Divock Origi potentially on his way out of Anfield.
Hughes certainly believes Klopp will look to add attacking options and he discussed the possible targets on this week’s Red Agenda Podcast.
“From what I’ve been told that’s something that Liverpool are looking at in the summer [add a forward], the one area they do want to improve on. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did find a buyer for (Divock) Origi and another forward came in,”
“It’ll be interesting to see who they go for.”
Highlighting the signing of Diogo Jota as a somewhat left-field arrival last September, Hughes spoke of where the Reds could look to do their business this time around.
“If you look at the success that they’ve had Liverpool with all their signings, it’s the ones who are accustom to Premier League football, I’ve been looking at who they could go for and it’s some of the less obvious names.”
Liverpool have been linked with superstars Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland recently, although the stark reality of signing either at the end of this season makes it a very unrealistic prospect.
Even the most optimistic Kopite would have to concede signing Mbappe or Haaland this summer is probably pie in the sky.
Both would cost in excess of £100m at this juncture and without a major outgoing, it’s simply not the sort of deal Liverpool do, certainly not immediately in the wake of a finance crippling pandemic.
Next summer may present a whole new prospect where that generational duo is concerned, as one may be out of contract whilst the other has an affordable release clause.
In the interim Klopp and Michael Edwards are far more likely to source an alternative option, who given the recent track record, will hit the ground running and no doubt be a success on Merseyside.
Although it’s difficult at times as we watch rivals spend vast fortunes, the Liverpool way has served us well in recent times.