Following Xherdan Shaqiri’s spectacular Liverpool debut against Manchester United on Saturday, supporters have been vocal with their support to the Reds’ transfer business this summer. Initially, the lowest-key addition to Jurgen Klopp’s first team squad, costing just £13million from relegated Stoke City, the Swiss playmaker’s stunning overhead kick against Jose Mourinho’s side left fans salivating with the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season now just over a week away. Naby Keita finally made the move to Anfield after a deal was agreed with RB Leipzig last summer, and the Guinean midfielder has looked worth every penny of his £52.75million transfer fee in early showings and more than capable of taking over Steven Gerrard’s famous number eight jersey.
Elsewhere, where once Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius unconvincingly fought to be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper, the dilemma over who should start between the sticks is no more following the arrival of Alisson from AS Roma in a £65million world record deal. And finally, the Reds caught many off-guard by bringing Fabinho to Anfield from Monaco in a £39.3million move just days after their Champions League Final loss to Real Madrid, with the Brazilian midfielder going about his business quietly but effectively in pre-season so far. And with Klopp unlikely to add to his ranks before next Thursday’s Transfer Deadline Day, Liverpool’s additions have eradicated issues with problem positions and lack of squad depth, leaving them with a squad more than capable of challenging Manchester City as they look to win a maiden Premier League title and first league championship since 1990. Read More But what of the Reds’ rivals? In a summer disrupted by a thoroughly entertaining World Cup, transfer activity has been slow across the continent with a number of deals going under the radar. So who have the Premier League title contenders brought in, what else do they need and should Klopp’s Liverpool be worried? Manchester City Mohamed Salah greets Riyad Mahrez after Liverpool’s win over Man City Who have they signed?
Riyad Mahrez [Leicester City] £60m What else do they need? The most dominant champions the Premier League has ever seen having won an astonishing 32 of their 38 games, it’s safe to say Manchester City are in a pretty good place already as they look to defend their title. Sergio Agüero continues to score goals for fun but also to battle with injury each season too, while Gabriel Jesus is coming into the campaign off the back of an underwhelming World Cup so an extra option up front would not go amiss. Elsewhere, another option at left-back is a possibility as Benjamin Mendy continues to feel his way back from the anterior cruciate ligament that saw him miss the majority of 2017/18, with Danilo and Fabian Delph not natural replacements despite filling in last season. Should Liverpool be worried? In a nutshell, yes. Manchester City became the first side to claim 100 points last year and will no doubt once again be the side to beat, with Riyad Mahrez adding further strength to an already breathtaking armoury. Liverpool and Klopp know what it takes to beat Guardiola’s side in one-off games, but it remains to be seen whether they can do it over a 38-game season. Manchester United Jose Mourinho speaks to Referee Ismail Etfath at halftime of the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Who have they signed? Lee Grant [Stoke City] Undisclosed Fred [Shakhtar Donetsk] £47m Diogo Dalot [Porto] £19m What else do they need? A lot if their showing against the Reds last Saturday and Jose Mourinho’s bottom lip is anything to go by! The Portuguese manager has spoken publicly saying he believes he needs at least two more signings and remains confident of landing at least one. With Anthony Martial heavy linked towards the exit door and Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford not yet back in training following their own World Cup exploits, a further body in the attack could be the priority. Meanwhile, with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling all unconvincing, could World Cup hero Harry Maguire be the man to partner Eric Bailly after also impressing for both England and Leicester City? Should Liverpool be worried? An on-form Manchester United remain a great threat, and it is easy to forget they still finished second last season despite what was perceived as a poor season. Boasting one of the best goalkeepers in the world in David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba will both return to Old Trafford high on confidence following impressive World Cups. And with Alexis Sanchez also now settled after joining the club back in January, Mourinho boasts an impressive squad on paper, boosted by the arrivals of Fred and Diogo Dalot. But football is not won on paper. Liverpool will be confident of finishing ahead of their great rivals as things stand. Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino
Who have they signed? N/A What else do they need? With the focus being on securing the futures of the likes of manager Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Tottenham have yet to move in the transfer window but are yet to lose any players either. Links to Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia remain, while Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose have both been mooted to move on in the past. Replacements for any departures would be required but Tottenham still boasts one of the more balanced squads in the division. Should Liverpool be worried? With focus switching to the latter stages of their Champions League run, Liverpool slipped behind Tottenham in the table last season, while the Reds also found out how deadly Pochettino’s side can be with their Wembley horror show back in October. But as things stand, Liverpool have strengthened. Spurs have not. Well-matched last season, they remain contenders but Klopp’s side may now just edge it. Chelsea Jorginho of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring a 2-2 goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between SSC Napoli and Manchester City at Stadio San Paolo on November 1, 2017, in Naples, Italy.
Who have they signed? Jorginho [Napoli] Undisclosed Robert Green [Huddersfield Town] Free What else do they need? With the futures of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, N’Kolo Kante and Willian all still up in the air, things could look very different at Stamford Bridge come to the end of the transfer window. A striker is a necessity with fans unconvinced by Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi, while Chelsea continues to be playing catch-up following the eventual appointment of new head coach Maurizio Sarri. Everything else rests on who stays and who goes. Should Liverpool be worried? With Sarri likely to discard Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system, the upcoming season could well be one of transition at Stamford Bridge. Jorginho is a very good signing, Hazard and Kante remain two of the division’s finest talents while Ross Barkley will be looking to make up for lost time after a season to forget last year. Who else Sarri can bring in, who he can keep hold of and how quickly Chelsea can adapt to the new regime at Stamford Bridge will decide how worried Liverpool should be.