Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen expects a quiet transfer window for his old club. Owen feels that Jurgen Klopp will not be able to strengthen his side much and could only make one big marquee signing during the summer window. He also thinks that it will be difficult to find star players who know they will be restricted to bench duty.
Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Owen admitted Liverpool will face a recruitment challenge. “I don’t think they will make many, if they make one that will be it in my opinion in terms of sizable ones. You can always buy 16 or 17-year-old kids for the future, things like that but in terms of impact on the squad I don’t think there will be many.”
“I know people talk about keeping things fresh and keeping things alive but it’s not always the case. I know if I was a manager I don’t think I’d want huge squads, yes, you can get injuries but he seems, Jurgen Klopp, like he’s got the most unbelievable harmony at the moment.”
“Where do Liverpool need to strengthen? They might need cover at left-back but where do you go for that? You can’t get the world’s best left-back. You could go and get a kid who could be the next best left-back, there could be one in the academy.”
“It’s difficult to buy squad players. They’ve tried, they’ve used their name to get players on the cheap like [Takumi] Minamino, like [Xherdan] Shaqiri, players like that where they can use the badge because everyone wants to join them.
“It’s very difficult to look at that Liverpool team and say they look weak here and need strengthening. So I don’t think much will happen, I don’t think the squad is old enough to need a turnaround. They are the best team now, it’s about how long they can keep it going.”