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What positions are Liverpool aiming for in the summer transfer window? What did Jurgen Klopp say? And what do the statistics say?

What positions are Liverpool aiming for?

Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:

Liverpool will look to strengthen their forward line this season. The fact that they even spoke to Kylian Mbappe shows how determined they are to keep bringing quality up.

It makes sense for Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to enter the final year of their contracts, while the potential departures of Sadio Mane, who also has one year left on his contract, and Divock Origi, who has already decided on a move, Reinforcement in this area earns priority. If Mane is to leave, Liverpool will only try to make deals for a fee above the stated €30m and they want a replacement sorted before allowing him to leave.

With Fabio Carvalho set to officially start his Liverpool career on July 1, any further midfield makeover could depend on the future of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino. Oxlade Chamberlain made 29 appearances in a 63-game season and has not played since the FA Cup win over Forest in March, while Minamino made just 24 appearances and could both be looking for regular first-team opportunities. Oxlade Chamberlain is another player with just one year left on his contract.

Strengthening the defense doesn’t appear to be a priority as Ibrahima Konate offers another option for Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, while Joe Gomez can cover right-back and centre-back.

What do the stats say about Liverpool?

It seems strange to discuss what a team needs after such a successful campaign. If there is one specific position Liverpool should rise to, it might be that of centre-back.

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If we compare Liverpool and Manchester City seasons, they had a similar number of goals, goals expected (xG) and goals conceded. However, there was a big difference in expected goals against (xGa). The fact that they conceded as many goals as Manchester City was due to the brilliance of their goalkeeper.

The Reds have one of their best centre-backs in Van Dijk, but they are struggling without him: Liverpool almost missed out on Champions League qualification when he was injured for most of last season. Since his arrival, Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost 10 out of 129 Premier League games with him and eight out of 39 games without him.

What did manager Jurgen Klopp say?

As for other potential expenses, Klopp said: “I don’t want to see anyone go but that’s life. Nobody came up to me and said they wanted to go. Now isn’t the time for that.”

“What happened this year is possible because of the group; world-class players. Children played their part, which was nice too.

“I have no idea at the moment who wants to leave, but if someone comes to me and says they have a club they want to join, we will make an offer with the club.”

What should Liverpool do this summer?

Sky Sports senior journalist Richard Morgan:

FSG’s top priority for the final season will be to tie Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to new long-term deals at Anfield as their current deals expire next summer, although that’s easier said than done, especially given that the negotiations with the former have now dragged on for some time.

Liverpool have, of course, already signed Colombian striker Luis Diaz, who was originally slated to join Anfield this summer, only to have Tottenham extend their interest in the player in January and bring that transfer forward by a few months.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Portuguese midfielder Fabio Carvalho will also join the Fulham Reds on July 1 for a fee of £5million plus surcharges, meaning the club already have replacements for Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are on the list both are due to leave this summer.

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