Liverpool look set for a major summer overhaul after club owners Fenway Sports Group gave manager Jurgen Klopp the green light to splash the cash at the end of the campaign in a bid to turn a squad that is struggling to qualify for Europe and lost the Capital One Cup final into a serious force.
Klopp, who has already secured the signing of defender Joel Matip from Schalke and Serbia Under-21 midfielder Marko Grujic, had been adamant that a raft of new faces would not arrive but an overhaul of the playing staff will take place during the summer.
Few clubs in the Premier League have brought in as many new faces – or spent as much – as the Reds over the past few seasons. Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers outlaid just under £300million on 33 players from the time he took charge in June 2012 until last October when he was sacked, with many of these on excessive wages.
Klopp, of course, can’t be blamed for any of those flops – and there are a number of players who are yet to prove themselves – and it’s only natural that he wants to build and develop his own squad but Liverpool need some sort of stability, some continuity – they can’t get it wrong this time.
One of Rodgers’ final signings – and his most expensive – Christian Benteke is set to be just one of several big names to be told their services are no longer required at Anfield.