Liverpool dream squad for next season with three transfers as Jürgen Klopp reality clear

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has taken part in his final European game.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has taken part in his final European game. -Credit:Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Liverpool has just six matches of the Jürgen Klopp era left to go after the Reds were dumped out of the Europa League by Atalanta. Despite a 1-0 win in Bergamo, it was Gian Piero Gasperini's men who relatively easily progressed.

The season is not done yet — win six out of six in the Premier League and it is still possible that could be enough — but either way, the end of the campaign is coming, and that mean the question of what needs to happen in the summer is becoming more prominent. It will be being asked behind the scenes at Anfield — and attention inevitably will turn there among fans if it hasn't already.

Firstly, of course, a new manager needs to be hired, with Rúben Amorim and others under consideration. And then there will be the question of which players are required to come in. Michael Edwards and Richard Hughes will need to identify the positions that need strengthening, and then the right players in the transfer market who can fulfill those roles.

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What and who might they be, though? The goalkeeping department would ideally stay settled, though there will (inevitably and understandably) be chatter about whether or not Caoimhín Kelleher should want to be the undisputed number one elsewhere for as long as the Irishman stays at Anfield.

Given he has played as many games as Alisson this season, the value of a strong back-up stopper should be clear, even if that same situation might not repeat in the future. With the Champions League back at Liverpool next year, European games will not be on the table for Kelleher, and Alisson might not miss a league game if he doesn't get injured.

The defense is probably the area of the team that needs the most strengthening. No matter what formation the next Liverpool manager wants to play, Joël Matip looks set to be departing at the end of the season as a free agent and Ibrahima Konaté is someone whose fitness needs to be carefully managed, even though he started a third successive game against Atalanta.

Signing another center-back, then, is surely something that is high on the priority list. An up-and-coming player similar to what Konaté was when he arrived, but with a better injury history would be ideal. In a perfect world, they might also be left-footed, so they can cover for Virgil van Dijk, who needs to be managed carefully to ensure his longevity.

In midfield, Liverpool has depth but is set to lose Thiago Alcântara, and Wataru Endō will be another year into his 30s. Stefan Bajčetić coming back into the team will be big and Bobby Clark should become even more of an option too, but there might be a case for another signing just to be safe.

With the Champions League's expanded format meaning an extra two quality games, there will be more minutes available. Ryan Gravenberch should be eyeing those but Liverpool will be able to manage injuries better with an additional option to rotate in. A repeat of the downward spiral of 2022/23 must be avoided.

Similarly, while the attack looks well-stocked numbers-wise, adding an extra body would be no bad thing. There is also a question mark over the ruthlessness of some of the players Liverpool currently has, though finding upgrades is not necessarily straightforward. Darwin Núñez might miss chances (and he isn't the only one) but even Erling Haaland has been criticized for not being good enough in recent weeks.

The majority of the Liverpool squad, then, should be largely set, despite it looking likely that it will fall just short of a dream send-off for Klopp. The reality is that the German leaves behind a team that isn't a million miles away.

Short of any surprises, it should only take a couple of tweaks this summer to ensure another improvement. In a dream scenario, keeping Kelleher and signing a defender, a midfielder and a forward would be more than enough. In a period of change when Klopp will be replaced and there is a new structure behind the scenes as well, that seems perfectly sensible.