Liverpool’s season has not finished yet as they prepare for the Champions League final, but speculation is already beginning to ramp up ahead of a crucial summer.
Jurgen Klopp has done a great job at Anfield and the club have developed into a team capable of challenging for major honours.
This season, they didn’t have the consistency or the quality to compete for the Premier League title, but they have shown how good they are in Europe.
The Reds have never won a Premier League title and supporters will be desperate to put an end to that awful run over the coming years.
They already have a very good squad, but Klopp will want to add three or four quality players this summer to push them on.
During recent days, Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he will be leaving Juventus after an incredible career with the Serie A champions.
However, the goalkeeper won’t be retiring from playing and a number of top European clubs have been linked with a move for him.
Liverpool are one of those, Italian pay-per-view sports channel Premium Sport, via the Mirror, and it could be a transfer that makes a lot of sense for the club.
Loris Karius has impressed since coming back into the team, but he isn’t a top-tier European goalkeeper and Liverpool could look to improve their options between the sticks.
As he would be available on a free transfer, Buffon has immediate appeal.
His experience would be invaluable to have around the training ground. This is a young squad and the Italian international would provide a winning mentality that would be a positive influence.
Buffon has received some criticism for his performances this season, with his display against Real Madrid being noticeably poor.
However, he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he would improve the starting eleven at Anfield.
He is approaching the end of his career, but he could do a fine job for one or two seasons and have a positive impact on the younger goalkeepers at the club.
It would be a little harsh on Karius, but he would have to look at the positives if Buffon does sign as he can benefit from working with the experienced shot-stopper.
Over the course of this season, it has become clear why Klopp chose to sign his compatriot last summer as he has been reliable in goal.
That said, he hasn’t stood out as one of the best in the league and if the Reds are to challenge for the league title, they will need a better option.
The summer ahead is an opportunity to push on from a good season for Liverpool, regardless of what happens in the Champions League final.
If they do manage to lift the trophy, they will become a very attractive proposition for top European players and it would be a statement of intent to bring two or three into the club.
Under Klopp, they want to be seen as a force to be reckoned with. Their goalkeeping position is a weakness and Buffon would be a fine addition on a free transfer.
It would send a statement and show that the Reds are now a top team once again.