Mohamed Salah replacement and three more players to sign - predicting Liverpool's transfer window

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is entering the final year of his contract
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While all eyes may on the start of Euro 2024, when hosts Germany take on Andy Robertson's Scotland in Munich, next Friday (June 14) is also notable for another thing: the start of the transfer window.

Liverpool are expected to be active. While major surgery is not required after a season in which they won one cup competition, went deep into two others, and gave Manchester City and Arsenal a run for their money in the Premier League title race before tailing off, what happened toward the end of the campaign suggested further strengthening of the Reds' squad is still needed.

And overseeing that will be a new head coach in Arne Slot and a revamped off-the-field team led, at the AXA Training Centre, by new sporting director Richard Hughes. Apart from the usual rumours and gossip, little has emerged out of Liverpool so far, with Slot, Hughes and Co still getting their feet under the table.

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But make no mistake work will be taking place behind the scenes and here three ECHO writers predict how the summer transfer window could turn out for the Reds...

Ian Doyle

Any Liverpool supporter expecting a massive influx of signings as so often happens when a new man takes charge is likely to be disappointed this summer. But that's not to say there won't be any fresh faces in the squad.

Certainly, the Reds will need a centre-back. Jarell Quansah has been a major plus this season but, with Joel Matip gone, there needs to be another defender brought in. As with any signings, they should fit the Fenway Sports Group profile of being young with sufficient potential to improve.

By the same token, a new defensive midfielder is required. Liverpool need a bit more legs in the central covering area of the engine room and the players already at the disposal of Slot would benefit from greater rotation.

Regardless of whether Mohamed Salah or Luis Diaz leave this summer or next, it's clear they are nearer the ends of their respective Anfield careers than the beginning, particularly Salah. And it would make financial - as well as footballing - sense to recruit the Egyptian's long-term replacement now, not least as they could learn from the master.

A quality second-choice goalkeeper would also be required should Caoimhin Kelleher opt to leave in pursuit of becoming a number one between the sticks elsewhere.

Keifer Macdonald

Arne Slot may not have been unveiled as Liverpool's new head coach yet but that doesn't mean the Dutchman isn't gearing up for a busy and decisive summer at Anfield.

Slot arrives at Anfield with Liverpool having enjoyed a strong domestic season as they secured a return to the Champions League courtesy of a third-place finish in the Premier League and as winners of the Carabao Cup.

However, the young, promising squad - coined Liverpool 2.0 - that Jurgen Klopp left behind will need several tweaks during the off-season if the Reds are to keep pace with Manchester City and Arsenal in the 2024/25 campaign.

In midfield, there is an urgent need to acquire a natural defensive midfielder after the club missed out on deals for both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia last summer. In doing that, it will allow Alexis Mac Allister to operate further up the field in a more natural, left-sided position.

There is also a need to recruit an experienced defender who can challenge Jarell Quansah and Ibrahima Konate for a starting spot alongside Virgil van Dijk.

In attack, much of what the Reds do will depend on the futures of those both old and young at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah expected to be the subject of interest from the Saudi Pro League once more while 18-year-old Ben Doak is perhaps ready for a temporary move away from Merseyside as he looks to get back up to speed after an injury-hit 2024.

Mark Wakefield

It's very rare that a Liverpool summer transfer window will meet or exceed the expectations of many supporters following the end of the season, with 2018 the only possible exception in recent times.

What's clear is that the Reds will need to do some business this summer for new head coach Arne Slot. How much will be dependent on where the Anfield hierarchy prioritise their targets and whether the club can sign their first-choice options.

Liverpool will not want a repeat of last summer where the sagas involving interest in Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo were played out in public, only for neither to end up on Merseyside. The Reds, led by CEO of football Michael Edwards and sporting director Richard Hughes, will want a different strategy this time.

A new centre-back is needed to replace Joel Matip following the expiration of his contract. There is also a strong argument for a new midfielder, with Thiago Alcantara departing and the topic of a new No.6 still generating headlines.

There is also the strong argument to sign a new forward to compete with, and eventually replace, Mohamed Salah. Whether that move will happen the same summer Salah leaves or be completed ahead of time only Liverpool will have an idea.