It is shaping up to be an extremely exciting summer transfer window for Liverpool fans as the club continues to be linked with RB Leipzig sensation Naby Keita.
Jurgen Klopp has already bolstered his attacking ranks with the £34 million signing of Mohamed Salah and that looks to be a fantastic piece of business. Keita would cost a lot more than that and would give Liverpool boundless energy in midfield and make them a far tougher nut to crack.
Liverpool broke their transfer record to sign Salah in a clear statement of intent from Klopp ahead of next season. A lot of the talk has been around who Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea will sign this summer, but so far Liverpool are the team on course to have the most impressive transfer window. Salah may have struggled at Chelsea, but his quality is beyond doubt and he was a key force in driving Roma to a second place finish in Serie A last season.
Liverpool badly missed Sadio Mane whenever was absent in the 2016-17 campaign and dropped many points as a result, but Salah gives them another option in those games as he has a similar level of pace, dynamism and goal threat. Play the two of them together and things could get frightening for opposition defences.
Signing Keita would force them to break their transfer record again, and by a considerable distance, but it would be worth it. The figure being bandied about is £70 million, but this is a transfer market where Jordan Pickford is a £30 million player and Kyle Walker is being touted as a £45 million right back. The hard-tackling box to box midfielder role is arguably the most important position for a Premiership team at the moment. Leicester surged to an improbable title in 2015-16 with N’Golo Kante’s power and desire at the heart of everything. He went to Chelsea the following season and won the league again, despite the Blues finishing 10th in the previous campaign. He won PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers Player of the Year ahead of attacking talents like Eden Hazard and Harry Kane, and justifiably so. Without Kante Chelsea would have struggled to win the league.
Keita is a similar player in that he has seemingly indefatigable stamina and marauds up and down the pitch all game long, but he has another dimension too. The Guinean banged in eight goals last season as RB Leipzig surprised everybody in the Bundesliga by finishing second. He scored 17 in 59 games at Red Bull Salzburg before that, and that could arguably make him an even better player than Kante. If that turns out to be the case, £70 million would be a bargain.
Now is the time for Liverpool to show some ambition and back Klopp to the hilt. He has returned the club to the Champions League despite having to field a team that he did not assemble. He is a superb manager and it is time to let him put his stamp on the team. If they land Keita and push through another big money deal for Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool will have a whole new spine to their side and will be a force to be reckoned with next season. They were great in fits and spurts last season, but struggled for consistency as they clearly needed investment. Now that investment seems to be happening.
Reds fans should be feeling very optimistic at present. Liverpool are all the way out at 12/1 to win the title next season and that could be an interesting bet. If you are planning to place some action, make sure to do it on a trusted betting site, have a look at this list. You will see that the bookmakers rate Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd and Spurs as the favourites, but Liverpool are often underrated. Klopp is signing more players that fit in with his hard-pressing, quick, counter-attacking style and things are looking good for the club. At those odds you can go each-way and still make a fat profit if they finish in the top three, so it looks really interesting.