The 2017/18 campaign represented a pretty positive step in the right direction for Liverpool and their ardent supporters will be hopeful that progression is continued during next season.
The Reds might have lost the Champions League Final against Real Madrid at the end of the season but reaching such a stage represented a real achievement for Jurgen Klopp and the football club.
This summer will be massive for the German boss as he goes about assembling a squad that can finally make a genuine attempt to win the Premier League crown that has eluded Liverpool for so long.
Naby Keita and Fabinho have already been added to Klopp’s squad and more incoming activity is likely to take place at Anfield in the coming weeks prior to the campaign getting underway.
With the World Cup now done and dusted several clubs might begin to ramp up their transfer dealings and here at TBR Football we have identified five deals that could be completed by Liverpool this week…
Harry Wilson loaned to the Championship
The flying winger was a sensation during the second half of last season when he was loaned out to Hull City and a full season in the second tier might be on the cards for the youngster during 2018/19.
Frank Lampard is keen to take the 21-year-old to Derby County on a season-long loan, according to the Mirror, and it is a move that could be vital for Wilson’s progression, whilst some might see it as make or break in terms of him ever breaking into Liverpool’s first-team.
In Wilson’s 13 appearances for the Tigers last season he netted seven goals and provided four assists. The Rams will be hoping to see a similar level of form should they complete a temporary deal later this week.
Nabil Fekir deal revived
As per an article in the Mirror, there is every possibility that Liverpool could still complete a deal to sign France attacker Nabil Fekir from Lyon this summer.
The 24-year-old was reportedly close to signing for the Reds prior to joining up with France for the World Cup, although a deal never materialised for whatever reason.
Despite the arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City it seems likely that Liverpool will be in the market for another playmaker and Fekir fits the billing of a player who could have a real impact on the Premier League.
Complete deal for KAA Gent winger
Whilst adding stellar recruits to push for a title challenge is clearly the immediate priority for Liverpool, one eye will still be kept on the future and 23-year-old Moses Simon could represent a big signing in the coming years.
The young Nigerian has been linked with a move to Merseyside following an interview with AOI Football which has now sparked speculation surrounding Simon’s future.
Simon is a bit of an unknown quantity to Premier League supporters and if he does sign for Liverpool it will be interesting to see just what plans Klopp has for his development.
According to Spanish news outlet Sport, Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is a target for Liverpool this summer and a price for the Dutchman has now been set by the Catalan giants.
The 29-year-old can apparently leave the current champions of Spain for £26.4 million and given his pedigree that would represent a decent piece of business for Liverpool should they get a deal over the line.
A new custodian has to be the priority for the Reds this summer with huge doubts cast over Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius last season, whilst youngster Danny Ward is inexperienced and unlikely to get a chance just yet given Liverpool’s Premier League ambitions.
Markovic on his way?
Despite relative promise when he first signed for Liverpool, the future of Lazar Markovic looks particularly bleak right now and he looks to be on his way out of the club this summer.
The 24-year-old hasn’t featured in Liverpool’s first-team friendlies to date and following the signing of Shaqiri he is now even further down the pecking order at Anfield.
It does remain to be seen at this stage just where he will end up but an article in the Liverpool Echo two weeks ago seemed to indicate that Markovic would be able to leave the club on the cheap.