Liverpool need to make a Diogo Jota-type signing before the 2021 summer transfer window slams shut, writes Michael Mongie.
If Michael Edwards is working on any incomings for the Reds, he is leaving it very late but it does seem unlikely that Jurgen Klopp and his trusty sidekick are working on anything this late in the transfer window.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi and Harry Wilson all left the club on a permanent basis this summer while Ben Davies and Woodburn have gone out on loan.
Ozan Kabak also had his loan spell with the club come to an end.
Ibrahima Konate is the only incoming so far and the Frenchman is yet to make an appearance as Joel Matip’s pre-season form saw Klopp make the decision to start him alongside van Dijk in defence ahead of the new arrival.
Fabrizio Romano previously claimed that if Liverpool are going to make any moves in the market this late in the transfer window, it’s going to come from an out of the box player.
Prior to Shaqiri’s exit to Lyon, LFC Transfer Room quoted him as saying: “If Liverpool do [sign a player], it could be a deal like Diogo Jota. It was a surprising transfer out of nowhere completed in two days.
“They’ll need to do something like this if they sell Shaqiri or Origi.”
Liverpool signed Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £45million – a fee that looked like a massive outlay at first but the forward looks as though he is only going to get better and better.
What has set the Reds apart from their rivals in the transfer game in recent years is their ability to identify gems at smaller clubs and then execute with a smart plan to bring them to Anfield.
In a COVID-influenced market, Liverpool were able to negotiate an incredible payment structure with Wolves which saw the selling club accept 10% down on the Portuguese player for the first year.
If Liverpool can find a player with similar Premier League experience and a club willing to sell this late in the window, the Reds could finally add another player to their squad.