Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says any new additions to the squad this summer will be dependent on players being sold.
The Reds have only signed one senior star so far in Ibrahima Konate and when asked whether more signings will be made in the coming weeks, Klopp said:
“We still have to see. It’s still early and not a lot has happened yet. We have to see who is leaving us and whether anyone else wants to leave, that’s what we do.”
Klopp’s comments do tally with the majority of journalists, who say that the main focus of sporting director Michael Edwards and the recruitment staff is to offload fringe players.
There are currently a lot of members of the first-team squad who don’t have a future at the club, and trimming numbers is likely to be the priority at this time.
It means that any new signings are likely to come closer to the end of the transfer window next month. The two positions where reinforcements are expected this summer are in midfield and upfront.
The departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, in particular, has left a large hole in the squad, and Klopp says it will be difficult to replace the Dutchman:
“Replacing Gini will be very difficult, even as a person. We have to do that. It’s also a challenge on the pitch, but we will somehow manage that too. I do not know yet.”