Liverpool to spend over £100m to challenge next year
Liverpool are tipped to spend in excess of £100m on new players this summer after securing their return to the Champions League for only the second time in the last eight years, with a new club record deal likely to be part of the much needed strengthening. According to a report from the Daily Telegraph, the American owners will back manager Jurgen Klopp with a sizeable transfer budget.
£50m-rated Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk appears to be the most expensive of Liverpool’s rumoured targets. That would represent a huge new Anfield record, dwarfing the £35m infamously paid for Andy Carroll back in 2011.
The report also lists £35m-rated Roma winger Mohamed Salah as a target. The Egyptian international almost joined Liverpool three years ago in 2014 before Chelsea swooped in at the 11th hour, but is now considered to be a much improved player.
“Money-wise? We have enough money. That’s a difference, of course. We don’t hide more money then get it when we need it, it’s a normal business.”
– Jurgen Klopp
Arsenal utility man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to be linked with a move to Merseyside as he weighs up his uncertain future in north London, while impressive RB Leipzig midfield engine Naby Keita is another name on the lips when it comes to possible Reds targets. The 22-year-old Guinea international has been likened to N’Golo Kante by some observers.
Liverpool are also interested in numerous world-class strikers, while balancing their ambition with caution. The club wanted to sign Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe last summer but were warned off. The fact a £103 million bid from Real Madrid was recently rejected means Liverpool are realistic about how high to set their transfer ambitions. Nevertheless, the promise of being in the Champions League will ensure Liverpool are at least discussing the most coveted names in European football.