Yet another hint has been dropped that Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, will loosen their purse strings further and spend to freshen up the squad.
Very few fans expected Liverpool to sign Luis Diaz for €40million plus €20million in add-ons while virtually nobody expected Fabio Carvalho to be added to the shopping list.
The 19-year-old wasn’t successfully acquired but it does seem as though the writing is on the wall and he will join the club in the summer unless something goes seriously wrong.
Carvalho completed a medical and an £8m fee was agreed with Fulham but time ran out to get the paperwork completed. Fabrizio Romano has reported that Liverpool are confident they can find a solution with the Cottagers.
Most supporters would agree that, by and large, FSG are good owners that have done some very good things for Liverpool Football Club not least of all dragging us out of debt, appointing Jurgen Klopp, helping us win the Champions League and the Premier League.
The day to day running of the club is also excellent. Liverpool are one of the best-run football clubs in Europe and right now, the only major issue to note is Mohamed Salah’s contract and the lack of news on an extension.
The only credit I will give the owners is that handing the Egyptian an extension will mean obliterating a wage structure that they have stood by for years but the Americans have also never had to negotiate with a forward like Salah, with the 29-year-old the best player on the planet.
Liverpool seem set to break spending patterns and invest heavily
Recently, three local journalists have suggested the Reds’ owners could loosen their purse strings, including Ian Doyle, who has once again dropped a hint.
He reported on the 25th of Jan: “All logic points to the fact FSG are going to spend reasonably big this summer. I’m fully expecting there to be a few notable departures, and I think there are some key areas that will need improving – midfield and the forward line.
“At least that’s what I’d be aiming for. A couple of big buys and perhaps some younger talent that can be brought through.”
It’s unclear if that changes now that Diaz has arrived but Carvalho will almost definitely still arrive in the summer as the groundwork for a deal has pretty much been put in place.
At the start of January, another Liverpool Echo journalist, Paul Gorst, suggested that the club might be quite active in the summer.
He said: “I think this summer will be a big transfer window for the club. Not in terms of spending necessarily just rather refreshing the squad up.”
David Lynch also told Anfield Watch: “I think Liverpool will have the capability to go big next summer but whether they do or not is an entirely different matter.
“Opening spaces in the squad is always a major consideration: for example, do Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain push for moves away in search of playing time, in turn creating space for Liverpool to future-proof their midfield with a big acquisition?
“And does the same happen with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino in the forward areas?”