Jurgen Klopp recently took Liverpool to be crowned Champions League winners while finishing the Premier League as runners-up, just one point behind Manchester City. Following a summer where the Reds made sure to improve their ranks and sign good players at high prices, one would think they are to do the same this offseason trying to defend their European championship and win the Premier League once and for all.
Well, we are wrong about that, as the Reds transfer policy has drastically changed for this year. For instance, Klopp has claimed that the club is not set for an entertaining summer transfer window, suggesting that the likes of Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will act like new signings for the club.
This offseason the Merseysiders have been extremely quiet, only making one permanent signing in Dutch youngster Sepp Van Den Berg, who joined the Reds earlier this month from Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle.
Following Liverpool’s win 6-0 over Tranmere in their first pre-season match, the Reds boss was asked what were the plans of the club before the transfer window closes in August.
“We brought them already,” he said, via Sky Sports. “Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster, they didn’t play last year. All the young boys today, they’re all new players for us.
“The transfer market is open I don’t know exactly until when, when does it finish? [Interviewer: August 8]. August 8! This wonderful country, the whole of Europe had the idea to close the transfer window early and the only country who did it was England finally. So we close it three weeks before the others.
“We will see what we do, but I don’t think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time.”
Now one player who looks set to make his way to Anfield this summer is Fulham’s Harvey Elliott, who was in attendance for the friendly win on Thursday evening, hinting that his move to Merseyside is just a matter of time. Liverpool reportedly will introduce the 16-year-old to the first team rather than sending him on loan or keeping him in the academy.