Liverpool transfer window plans laid out position by position

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Liverpool didn’t hang around when it came to addressing their main transfer priority this summer.

Less than a week after the conclusion of the Premier League season, the Reds splashed out £36million to take French centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Lepizig.

While Jurgen Klopp has long suggested it will be a reasonably quiet transfer market in terms of incomings, that doesn’t mean the recruitment team won’t be busy reshaping the squad.

Gini Wijnaldum has already departed with there likely to be several more farewells to come before the window shuts on August 31.

Klopp will need a sizeable squad with Liverpool fighting on four fronts in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

And here we look at each department ahead of the Reds returning to training on Monday, July 12.

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GOALKEEPER

Liverpool have already made their intentions clear regards matters between the sticks. Alisson Becker is among several players likely to be offered an improved contract later this summer, while Caoimhin Kelleher is the number two.

And with Adrian having earlier this month penned a new two-year contract, there is sufficient cover in the position. Academy goalkeeper Kamil Grabara could leave, though, while Loris Karius has no future at the club.

RIGHT-BACK

Liverpool will not stand in the way of Neco Williams should the Wales international decide he wants to leave in pursuit of regular first-team football, although interested parties such as Southampton, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Burnley will need to splash out £10m to prise away the 20-year-old.

The Reds won’t look to replace Williams, with James Milner, Joe Gomez or 17-year-old Conor Bradley on standby to replace first-choice Trent Alexander-Arnold when required.

CENTRE-BACK

The arrival of Ibrahima Konate and the expected return to fitness of Virgil van Dijk,Joe Gomez and Joel Matip mean Liverpool could have a surfeit of options next season.

Klopp was hugely impressed with Nat Phillips last season and expects to have the 24-year-old as an option for the start of the campaign.

However, Liverpool will cede to the player’s wishes should he express a desire to leave and a suitable offer – believed to be in excess of £12m – is lodged. Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion are among several clubs to have expressed an interest.

Rhys Williams, who finished the campaign alongside Phillips at centre-back, may be released for a loan to a Championship club, with Sepp van den Berg already heading back to Preston North End on another temporary move. Academy teenager Billy Koumetio also featured at the heart of defence last season.

And then, of course, there is Ben Davies, whose future is uncertain given he has still to feature since arriving from Preston in February.

LEFT-BACK

Kostas Tsimikas made just three starts and four substitute appearances last season having arrived from Olympiakos as backup for Andy Robertson.

Despite interest from a number of clubs including Serie A side Napoli, Liverpool have no plans to part with the Greece international and believe he will play a greater role in the forthcoming campaign.

Adam Lewis will spend next season in Scotland with Livingston, while Yasser Larouci, who featured for the first team in 2019/20, has been offered a new deal but is expected to leave.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD

With Jordan Henderson fit and available – if not starting – for England at Euro 2020, Liverpool can expect to have their skipper back and firing having not featured since February.

Fabinho is the prime defensive midfield option, with James Milner also capable of filling the position especially when Klopp switches to a 4-2-3-1.

In more progressive roles, Thiago Alcantara showed good form towards the end of the season and Curtis Jones continues to deliver on his potential, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita saw opportunities limited.

The departure of Gini Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain has prompted Liverpool to consider further midfield reinforcement. Interest in Florian Neuhaus has cooled, with Youri Tielemans and Yves Bissmoua constantly linked.

Marko Grujic can leave with Porto keen on taking the player on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell last season. And youngster Leighton Clarkson could be allowed to depart on loan with a number of EFL clubs reportedly interested.

RIGHT WING

Mohamed Salah remains Liverpool’s most important forward and one of the first names on the teamsheet, making it difficult for alternatives to see much game time.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s versatility means he could feature in the role, while the Reds are planning on bringing Harvey Elliott into the first-team fold again following a successful season on loan at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool will be tempted into parting with Xherdan Shaqiri should a suitable offer be forthcoming, while Sheyi Ojo, on loan last season at Cardiff City, is in a similar position.

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CENTRE FORWARD

Roberto Firmino will again face regular competition from Diogo Jota for a starting role down the middle of the attack.

But Liverpool could seek a new forward given doubts over the long-term futures of others in the squad.

Southampton are pondering a move for Takumi Minamino,Divock Origi has interest from abroad while the resolution of Taiwo Awoniyi’s work permit issues have made him the target of a number of Championship clubs. All will be sold at the right place.

LEFT WING

Sadio Mane is the man in possession with the versatility of Jota allowing Klopp to rotate his four main forward options.

Liverpool will look to move on Harry Wilson in a permanent deal after an impressive loan stint Cardiff City, likewise Ben Woodburn and Liam Millar.

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