Our Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that next year is finally their year when it comes to truly challenging for the Premier League title under Jurgen Klopp. It’s been a long time coming, though some of their play under the German has simply been that exciting.
Liverpool have looked every bit a Premier League winning team at times, however, this is usually balanced out with a terrible display like the Swansea City match following the Man City win, or a poor defensive situation. So. if Liverpool want to be a genuine Premier League title contender, they have to have a massive shakeup within their team and Jurgen Klopp must reveal a ruthless streak in his quest for his first trophy during his Anfield stay, according to many of the punters at the bar.
Our regulars feel that a few more key signings this summer window could prove the difference between fighting for the top four and fighting for the title, although this has to be off-setted with outgoings to balance the books.
With that in mind, our landlord has taken a look at two flops who should be moved on for the good of the team and the club’s future…
OUR VERDICT – Danny Ings & Simon Mignolet
Liverpool will get nowhere in the league if they remain with Mignolet as the No.1 goalkeeper, despite the early confusion over who actually is the first choice under Klopp last season. Our glass collector has been taking a look back at the Premier League winning teams and everyone has had a reliable, world-class keeper at the helm, so it’s obviously of huge importance.
With that in mind, Klopp absolutely should look to replace Mignolet has his number one priority in the summer.
Alongside that, it seems as if Klopp looks to Ings as his number one back up striker to Roberto Firmino, following the departure of Daniel Sturridge in January. Still, with Ings’ history of injuries and lack of games over the years, our punters believe that, if Klopp wants to challenge for the title next year, he needs a deadly second striker of a similar ability level as Firmino.
Ings is more of a mid-table striker and Liverpool needs top four quality on the pitch and on the bench to succeed.