André in, $38m move - Liverpool can still seal two Jürgen Klopp transfers in time for title push


Until January, Liverpool cannot make any more signings. The summer transfer window has closed and that means that Jürgen Klopp's side is fixed — but there are a couple of caveats.

The first is that not every transfer window has slammed shut. Saudi Pro League sides have until Thursday to make signings and another push for Mohamed Salah — despite Liverpool insisting that he will be going nowhere — cannot be ruled out.

While it seems odd that Al Ittihad has waited until now to make a move for Salah — when Liverpool would be unable to spend any of the money on offer for the 31-year-old — a large enough bid being submitted could get tempting. The questions are what that amount would need to be and whether there is a desire to get that high in terms of the numbers.

Only by January will Liverpool be able to make more signings for Klopp's roster. But that is not necessarily too late for the Reds to push on all fronts this season and pick up more silverware.

The Europa League group stage draw produced some favorable fixtures for Liverpool. The Reds will want to top the standings in order to avoid having to play in the first knockout round in the new year, but that should be possible even by making plenty of starting line-up changes.

Likewise, the domestic cups may not have kicked in to the point of needing a strong team involved until at least January. Leicester at home later this month in the Carabao Cup should be a good chance for Ben Doak and others to get minutes. There is only one more round after that before Christmas, while the FA Cup doesn't include those in European competitions until January.

That means that as long as Liverpool can remain fortunate with injuries in the main, Klopp's men should be able to compete on all fronts. The lack of the Champions League means that players like Salah and Virgil van Dijk should be required to play far fewer minutes until the second half of the campaign, meaning they can focus almost exclusively on the Premier League.

By then, Liverpool can spend in the winter market, hopefully identifying a center-back to come in six months before Joël Matip leaves as a free agent, just as Luis Díaz did before Sadio Mané left and Cody Gakpo ahead of Roberto Firmino's departure.

Rennes' $38m (£30m/€35m)-rated 23-year-old Arthur Theate was a defensive target watched in the summer, David Lynch reported, writing for This is Anfield, while Teradeportes suggested that there was interest in 21-year-old Piero Hincapié, valued at around $49m (£38m/€45m) by Bayer Leverkusen. Whether it is one of them or someone else, extra depth in that area is probably going to be more useful in the second half of the season than the first.

Meanwhile, Brazilian outlet Globo expects Liverpool to return for Fluminense midfielder André Trindade in January when his side would be more willing to let him leave. For now, it wanted to keep the 22-year-old in order to have the best chance of winning the Copa Libertadores, but the Brazilian season will be over by the time Liverpool can make more transfer moves.

It is clear, despite having a good summer, that there are gaps to be filled at center back and holding midfield. Fill those, though, and Klopp's squad will look much more complete. In the meantime, the lack of the Champions League should allow the Reds' best players to focus only on the Premier League, hopefully quietly positioning themselves for a title tilt and a cup run or two.

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