Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told The Guardian that the Reds simply cannot go and sign attackers of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah’s quality.
Ibrahima Konate was Liverpool’s only senior summer signing, so fans were left a little disappointed.
Reds supporters wanted to see more additions made, and it just didn’t happen.
Fingers have been pointed in the direction of Liverpool owners FSG, believing that they aren’t backing Klopp.
For instance, Gini Wijnaldum hasn’t been replaced after his move to Paris Saint-Germain. In attack, there could be problems emerging down the line.
Africa Cup of Nations could wreck Liverpool
January is a while away yet, but Liverpool will have it in mind already – and maybe not for signings.
The Africa Cup of Nations takes place from January 9th to February 6th.
As things stand, Klopp will lose Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to Senegal and Egypt respectively.
Liverpool didn’t sign an attacker over the summer, and that could hurt when Mane and Salah go.
Fringe players like Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino will have more emphasis placed on them. That’s hardly an ideal situation, and teenager Harvey Elliott will need to step up too.
Klopp would surely love new faces at Liverpool, but he will have to navigate without them.
Klopp on Liverpool transfers
Liverpool fans want the club to go and sign attackers.
They no doubt see what Manchester City are doing and want that for themselves.
They have so many options in the final third; Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus… the list goes on.
Liverpool don’t have depth like that, and it could hurt Klopp when AFCON rolls around.
Klopp has though suggested that Liverpool ‘cannot do that’.
“That’s completely fine, we knew it and we will deal with it,” Klopp said about Mane and Salah leaving Liverpool for AFCON in January.
“People are now saying: ‘You have to sign two strikers of the same quality of Sadio and Mo.’ That cannot be the solution because we cannot do that,” he added.
The German understands Liverpool’s budget restrictions and isn’t about to try and force FSG into splashing the cash.
That may be frustrating, but if there is anybody Liverpool fans should trust, it’s Klopp.