The 2019/2020 season is fast approaching and many teams are acquiring and offloading players with Nicolas Pepe signing to Arsenal for a club record of £72m and Tanguy Ndombele joining Tottenham Hotspurs for £54m.
For Liverpool, it has been a quiet transfer window so far with Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno leaving the club but signing youngsters Sepp van der Berg and Harvey Elliot.
Last summer, Liverpool brought the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker from Roma for a record fee of £71.6m which was at the time the highest-paid goalkeeper, proving vital for Liverpool’s successful season.
Yet, Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool do not have the luxury like Manchester City and PSG to spend a lot on new players.
However, Klopp was reluctant at first to replace the former starting goalkeeper Loris Karius last year after the woeful display in the Champions League finals but the poor performance in the preseason convinced Klopp to bid for Allison, which proved to be worth it with Liverpool winning the Champions League the following season and finishing one point behind Premier League Champions.
Due to national commitments, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were given extra time off so they were unavailable for most of the preseason, resulting in Liverpool failing to win in pre-season apart from Tranmere and Bradford City.
Even though these are friendly matches, it is worrying that Liverpool lack the quality to replace their main players while Manchester City could replace a star player with other quality players.
In the 2016-17 season, Sadio Mane signed in the summer from Southampton for £34 million and became an instant club favourite scoring 13 league goals. However, Mane was recalled for his national squad at the start of 2017 calendar year for the African Cup of Nations, where he was missed.
Fortunately, the 2019 AFCON was moved to the summer to avoid disruption but if Salah and Mane were away, Liverpool would have most likely struggled in their campaign to win the title.
However, with the addition of Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita, Klopp has the luxury to change his team but cannot replace the front three altogether.
Therefore, if Liverpool wants to win the Premier League, they need to be as consistent as last season and be lucky enough to avoid injuries to their front three.
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