KEEP Philippe Coutinho at Anfield, bring in Virgil van Dijk, and Liverpool would be a sure bet to finish among the top four this season.
The Fenway Sports Group’s rejection of a second bid of £90mil from Barcelona revealed that the club owners, led by John Henry, are serious about not selling the little magician at any price.
After signing AS Roma’s exciting winger Mohamed Salah early in the pre-season, along with striker Dominic Solenke from Chelsea, the Reds fans were joyful that the club is going all out to make big buys.
What more, when the enigmatic Klopp made several attempts to sign young sensation Naby Keita. However, his team Red Bull Leipzig have stood firm so far in the face of Liverpool’s offer of £70 million.
While Liverpool are still looking at a few more signings, including the unfinished business of bringing the want-away Southampton skipper and defender van Dijk to Anfield, they have been stunned by the Coutinho transfer saga.
What Liverpool’s fans can do is have faith in the owners, as I believe they and Klopp realise that selling the Brazilian will severely dent their hopes of winning the league title.
As it stands now, the Anfield team are looking very strong in midfield and attack, with goals ready to flow from everywhere.
The sad thing is that we will be missing Adam Lallana who is out with injury for three months. However, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Salah and Coutinho himself, with his creative vision and accurate passing skills, will able to get the team going.
With defending champions Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United making massive improvements to their teams with big-name signings, I reckon this season, which is Klopp’s second full term, will be the toughest.
We finished seventh in Klopp’s first season, fourth last year and a repeat top four finish will be good for the club’s ambition to be continuously challenging in Europe’s elite tournament, the Champions League.
Under the circumstances, finishing among the top four, winning a domestic cup and having a good run in general, perhaps making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, should be considered a success. And in view of the fact that Liverpool are in the rebuilding process – then it would have been a good season.