Richard Hughes predicts transfer 'hurry' as Liverpool take 'opportunistic' approach

New Liverpool sporting director Richard Hughes has revealed the club will try to become ‘opportunistic’ this summer and predicted a busy August in the transfer window.

Hughes, who joined the Reds from Bournemouth last month, was speaking alongside Arne Slot on Friday morning as Liverpool’s new head coach conducted his press conference.

Unsurprisingly, transfers were a topic of conversation, with Hughes and Slot being asked about the club’s plans for the summer. The Reds have been linked with a host of names in recent weeks and have also turned down the opportunity to sign Anthony Gordon from Newcastle United.

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Gordon continues to be linked with a move to Anfield, while Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all entering the final years of their contracts at Anfield.

And asked about contract negotiations and potential transfers, Hughes revealed that the Reds will try to use the window to bolster their Slot’s options heading into the new season.

He said: “It's been great to work with Arne. It was a difficult position at first. We both had jobs to finish. Since then, we've been in conversations daily.

“On many things: logistics, organisation and, of course, preparing the transfer window. That's something we'll know more about when we go on.

“We need to improve; we need to improve on the training pitch first and foremost, as Arne said. With the window open, we'll always be opportunistic if we can.

“The only concerns we have [players with one-year deals] is total commitment from the players to the cause; we are absolutely convinced that is the case.”

Hughes is also expecting a quiet July but then a busy August in the transfer market due to the number of international tournaments being played.

“It is hard to say and speak industry-wide,” he replied when asked about the quiet start to the transfer window.

"Naturally, when major competitions are on in the summer, World Cup, European Championship, in this case a Copa America and the Olympics as well, so there is a lot of football being played.

"Naturally, the attention is there. After the flurry in June, it will calm down now is my prediction for the month of July.

“Then, like always, when August starts and coaches have had more time to work with players, I think the opinions will then be more set at football clubs.

“You then may see a situation in August, like in previous seasons, there is a little bit of a hurry to get things done and to make sure everyone's squads are in order.

“I don’t think this will be any different, but who knows what will transpire economically? It is hard to say and speak for other clubs. I see a quiet July, then a crescendo in August."