Splash Radio is taking you through the possible buys where Klopp may spend the club’s largest ever budget. It is, however, dependant on Liverpool securing Champions League football next season.
1.Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Southampton centre-back for some time. In March, Football Whispers exclusively revealed the Reds had held talks with van Dijk and his representatives and it’s seen been reported that the deal hinges on a top-four finish.
The defence should be the first port of call for Klopp this summer with the team on course to concede 45 goals this season, almost 20 goals more than second-placed Spurs. There’s a bullseye on the backline shoring that up is a necessity.
The Southampton man is by no means a quick fix but he would go a long way to making the Reds a little more resilient.
2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Oxlade-Chamberlain has looked like a player reborn in the right wing-back role for Arsenal over recent weeks.
However, recent reports suggest he’s interested in a move to Anfield with the promise of a centre-midfield role the attraction.
Klopp has reinvented Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum this season. Both started as attacking midfielders before the former Borussia Dortmund manager adapted their roles.
They’ve flourished and it could be a similar story with Oxlade-Chamberlain. The former Southampton man has traits which could make him an influential box-to-box midfielder.
3. Ryan Sessegnon
The 16-year-old has been a revelation down the left for Fulham this season and the Cottagers have surprised many by getting into the Championship play-offs. He’s one for the future and Liverpool need a left-back for the now. But can you really pass up the opportunity to sign a prodigious talent?
More importantly, are there many better at developing talent than Klopp? Mario Götze, Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gündoğan, Mats Hummels and many others honed their craft under the German manager and have gone on to have enviable careers.
4. Naby Keïta
The Reds lack dynamism, creativity and control in the middle third. Klopp’s midfield men can often be found lacking. They’re sterile and safe when in possession. It’s one of the reasons teams are able to come to Anfield and just sit deep. They don’t even have to soak up the pressure because there’s none put on them.
They need an innovator and Keïta would be a game changer for those in red. He’s both incisive and proactive – two things Liverpool sorely lack. He’s possibly the most complete all-round midfielder in modern day football.
5. Mohamed Salah
Liverpool are by no means a one-man team but without Sadio Mané they severely lack pace in their squad. The Senegalese speedster gives them a different dimension. He’s able to burst away from the opposition and it’s this which creates opportunities for both himself and his teammates.
In his absence it’s all a little predictable. Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Lallana are unlikely to get away from many with their speed. So, this summer Klopp needs to buy pace – and a lot of it.
Mohamed Salah has been linked recently and he ticks all the boxes. Blessed with electric pace, he’d add balance to a sometimes one-sided line-up with his trusty left foot. And he’s a goal threat.
He could play in place of Mané but also alongside him to give Liverpool one of the quickest attacks in Europe.