Transfer update: Klopp 'wants three players' as PSG eye Pogba
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Liverpool bosses have dropped a hint that they will not be signing replacements for Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane when they leave for the African Cup of Nations. The tournament, which begins in January, will see Salah and Mane likely leave to join up with their international squads.
Anfield officials believe however, that as they would only miss two or three league games, because early round FA Cup matches are played at the same time of year, they will make do without according to The Athletic.
The Reds have Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota to call upon in the absence of the pair, however fans would surely like to see more depth as well.
Firmino and Jota arguably lack the speed of Mane and Salah, so it begs the question where Liverpool’s pace will come from if their African forwards are not available for a month.
Jota, 24, had a great start to his Anfield career last season. He became the first Liverpool player since Robbie Fowler to score seven goals in his first 10 appearances for the club.
However, injuries set the young Portuguese star back.
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The Brazilian Firmino has been constantly criticised for his lack of goals as a forward yet praised for his link-up play with Salah and Mane.
Without them though, who does he link up with?
Albeit they’ll only be missed for a handful of Premier League matches but those games played in January are famously crucial in the race for the title.
Perhaps this sets the standard for FSG believing they can make do instead of buying new players.
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Liverpool have been linked with a few forwards this summer transfer window, such as PSV’s Donyell Malen and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.
However they haven’t been able to offload any fringe players in order to raise funds for transfers so far.
Their only acquisition has been Ibrahim Konate, the 22-year-old French centre-half.
Though it may be expected a £36million fee would not put a sizeable dent in Jurgen Klopp’s transfer kitty, it seemingly has done.
He will hopefully gain experience from Virgil van Dijk and is hopefully poised to take over from the Dutchman in the coming years.
In terms of forwards, Liverpool’s front three misfired last season.
Even though Salah scored 31 goals, Firmino and Mane were disappointing by their standards, the latter even admitting it was his worst ever season.
Liverpool haven’t got the spending power of Manchester City, Chelsea or Manchester United, but their sensible approach to transfers has mostly always paid off.
Yet perhaps it is the time for some investment at Anfield, not making do.
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