Not so long ago, Liverpool had to do with the likes of Charlie Adam, Joe Allen and Fabio Borini as summer signings. These sort of additions became typical for the Anfield club during the early to mid 2010s – spending millions on players who were never good enough to take them back to the top. But Liverpool are now among the most attractive destinations in Europe for prospective signings.
They are the European champions, after all. Jurgen Klopp has built one of the best teams on the continent, with the Anfield faithful accustomed to watching one of the most dynamic, exciting sides in the sport. Yet while the days of settling for transfer market are long gone, Liverpool are not enough to capitalize on their historic season.
With the exception of Sepp van den Berg, who rebuffed Bayern Munich to join the Reds, Liverpool are still making a single signing this summer. Having spent over £ 380 million on new players, including Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Sadio Mane, in the past three years, the transfer radar has gone somewhat blank for the Anfield club this summer.
Of course, Klopp has already assembled and squad strong enough to challenge domestically and in Europe. The German is, first and foremost, a coach and so it's entirely possible Liverpool will continue to improve even if they don't make a single signing this summer. But they are limiting themselves to remaining dormant.
A new center back would, for instance, significantly strengthen their squad. Van Dijk and Joe Gomez have made up the understanding since the arrival of the Dutch defender, but beyond that Liverpool's options are. This deficiency was exposed when both Gomez and Dejan Lovren were injured last season.
Liverpool could also use some depth in the full back positions. In Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, the Reds have two of the best full backs in the Premier League at this moment, but with Alberto Moreno leaving the club and Nathaniel Clyne's future still in doubt, Klopp could be left short.
Timo Werner has often been mentioned as a potential target, with the German international seemingly set to leave RB Leipzig at some point this summer. Werner would give Liverpool the out-and-out center they are currently lacking. The departure of Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge has opened up and even bigger space in their squad.
Then there is the Philippe Coutinho void, which is still to be filled following the Brazilian's sale to Barcelona a year-and-a-half ago. Liverpool targeted Nabil Fekir as the replacement for Coutinho last year but failed in their efforts to lure the French international. They still signed a central attacking midfielder.
Alex Oxlade – Chamberlain's return from injury will help somewhat, but Liverpool need someone to plug the gap left by Coutinho. Dani Ceballos has been mentioned as a potential target, with Real Madrid open to the notion of selling the 22-year-old, and yet there is no sense that a move to Anfield is close. Any speculation seems somewhat tenuous at this point.
Mane and Mohamed Salah could also use some back-up.
Liverpool's starting line-up, along with Manchester City's, is currently the strongest in the Premier League, but the options of their rivals and with Rodri already signed by the champions and Joao Cancelo reported to a city target could fall behind.
There's a player in Europe who wouldn't want to play for Liverpool right now. In Klopp they have a manager who inspires loyalty in almost everyone who plays for him. The Anfield club's long and history history combined with their current status as trophy contenders is very attractive. As things stand, though, they are not making the most of this further.