Date published: Wednesday 1st July 2020 10:50
Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor believes the board will be willing to sign off a marquee signing this summer if Jurgen Klopp insists.
The Premier League champions pulled the plug on a deal for Timo Werner just after Easter after the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic set it.
Chief executive Peter Moore admitted in April that there was “a massive downturn in revenue” while outgoings remained throughout the crisis.
The club rushed into placing some non-playing staff on furlough – a decision which was heavily criticised – and which was eventually reversed.
Goal claims the Reds had plans at the start of the year to make two marquee signings, with one of those believed to be RB Leipzig’s striker Werner. And while it’s unclear who the second target was both Jadon Sancho and Kalidou Koulibaly have been linked with the club.
Boss Jurgen Klopp though has since confirmed the Reds will not be too active in the summer window, this week admitting: “Covid has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal.
“It’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world. But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open and we know more, then maybe something could happen.”
‘I’d expect them to back’ Klopp
However, pundit Mellor thinks if Klopp was persistent enough with Michael Edwards and FSG then he would get a marque signing sanctioned.
“It’s exciting to see Liverpool linked with them as they are all excellent players,” he told GentingBet.
“Koulibaly is one of the best centre-backs in world football.
“I think the club has shown they will back Klopp – so if he really feels one of these players will improve the team and squad, I’d expect them to back him in the market this summer.
“You are talking big money for all of them but with Van Dijk and Alisson, the club have proved they are willing to back the manager if he believes certain signings are critical.”