Four players will influence Liverpool’s next transfer.

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Four players will influence Liverpool’s next transfer.

Liverpool fans would have expected the additions to keep coming after such a strong start to the summer window.

The Reds beat their rivals to the punch by completing a deal to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig just five days after the 2020-21 season ended.

However, not only has there been a paucity of activity since then, but there have also been no tangible linkages to potential arrivals (barring the usual nonsense, that is).

Of course, this isn’t the time to panic; there’s still a long way to go in a transfer market in which all of Liverpool’s Premier League opponents have yet to do business.

Their hesitation, on the other hand, indicates the intricacy of the following phase of this summer’s activities.

Following the apparent objective of improving a defense that was decimated by injuries last season, boosting the forward line is undoubtedly the next logical step.

Jurgen Klopp anticipates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to miss the Africa Cup of Nations next season, and the process of replacing both players, as well as their partner in crime Roberto Firmino, must not be slowed down.

However, the ECHO is aware that any additions in that area of the pitch are dependant on departures, which complicates things.

For instance, while it is widely assumed that Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will depart this summer, they cannot simply be shoved out the door without receiving bids.

Takumi Minamino, who will return to the club after a disappointing half-season loan spell with Southampton, has a similar narrative.

Given that he is still far from being a likely starter, any serious offer for the Japanese would undoubtedly test the Reds’ resolve, but any action on that front is entirely reliant on the interested clubs.

The summary comes to a close with Klopp.

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