« on: February 01, 2016, 04:59:39 PM »
ter Stegen would have been nice, I'm not a fan of our current goalie options. I don't like the idea of any of the ex MUFC guys. Don't see any of the other names as likely, though Cahill would have been a decent fit. I get the feeling that it's going to be a blank window and then a big push in the summer. Matip has signed new terms- so he's going to be expensive. Teixiera seems to be silly money at this point.
I think by not going crazy in this window, Klopp has actually positioned himself as a players manager, someone who will work with and develop players.
Man CIty's stroke of genius announcing today has precluded top names from taking a last minute bid to the PL or even any of the other global clubs. I imagine that has had an impact on MU and Chelsea targets in the PL and other big Italian, German and Spanish (and Catalan and Basque) clubs.
I think the progression of the so called mid table teams this year will ensure the biggest summer transfer window ever. The big clubs will have to bring in brand name players to make the impact that they need in the global marketing arena. Liverpool in particular, Gerrard was a global name in the sport, and realistically Coutinho who didn't make the last Brazil squad in the next best thing. Klopp is the brand name, and is recognized as one of the top 4 managers in the world, he will draw the players.
However Pep will draw players, and has virtually an unlimited budget so have Barca and Real. This takes MCFC with those two to the pinnacle of global clubs, and really puts them as the most attractive club in the PL. That means that Liverpool need to break the bank for 2/3 key players to build a platform that will allow Klopp to make an impact next year (CL qualification), but more realistically challenge for the league 2017/18.
In order to do that, those 2/3 key players and Klopp need to be as attractive as possible for the global audience for funding the club, and for key players brand and personal image rights to attract them to a world recognized team (not just a club). No easy task...