Premier League 'big six' verdict, part one: Is Liverpool’s lack of signings a cause for concern?

By The Telegraph

Jurgen Klopp might be tempted to quote Bill Shankly when he is asked for team news ahead of Liverpool’s opening Premier League game with Leeds United next week. “Same as last year,” Shankly would quip on the eve of a new season. There was reassuring laughter then. Today it might provoke accusations of lack of ambition, complacency or boardroom stinginess. The 2020 appetite for transfers means stability does not quicken pulses. While rivals chase the most coveted signatures in Europe, there is a theory that the Premier League champions’ stepping aside from such pursuits risks squandering their first opportunity in 30 years to flex muscle and recruit from the ultimate position of strength. There is merit to that argument. Equally, for the last two years Liverpool have defied the logic that every side needs annual refreshing, maintaining forward momentum without spending big. Klopp has enjoyed his most prolific Anfield spell with pretty much the same preferred starting XI since 2018. Since signing Alisson Becker for what was then a world record £65million for a goalkeeper in the aftermath of the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Liverpool have paid a combined £22million on Takumi Minamino, Konstantinos Tsimikas and youngster Sepp van den Berg, while they await a tribunal verdict on the value of teenager Harvey Elliott, signed from Fulham in 2019. Loose change for a club of Liverpool’s resources, especially as they have recouped £52 million over the same period.

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