Liverpool have started their preparations for next season well enough. Having just ended an immensely underwhelming Premier League campaign, the Reds seem to mean business and announced the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings, who had been linked with several clubs including Tottenham and Manchester United. Arguably, Liverpool desperately needed attacking reinforcement, especially given Daniel Sturridge’s tendency to get injured on a regular basis and the apparent lack of high quality back-up. Ings will certainly add another dimension to Brendan Rodgers’ game and arguably resembles a Luis Suarez type of player. In this sense, the €7 million that Liverpool will have to pay to Burnley in compensation represent an obvious bargain.
Last week, the Reds added English international James Milner to their squad for next season. The former Villa and Newcastle player leaves Manchester City on a free transfer after five years and 147 Premier League appearances. City were keen to hold on to Milner, especially due to him being a homegrown player, an area that the Sky Blues have struggled with since the influx of investor money has become more significant.
For Liverpool, the two signings, plus the addition of Belgian attacking talent Divock Origi are an obvious statement of intent. The club have arguably spent very little thus far, although the transfers have been of high quality. If Liverpool’s transfer business continues in this manner, the supporters will be in for summer of treats and shrewd moves. Already, the squad looks better than last year and if quality additions can be made to the struggling defence, Champions League football should be a minimum target next season.