Liverpool can easily be called the best side out of the Merseysiders following their pedigree and recent achievements. However, they are bound to have serious competition for the next few years given Everton’s latest plans. Having been acquired by a new owner, the blue-wearing Liverpool side quickly made a statement by appointing 1 of the best coaches in the EPL in Ronald Koeman. The Dutch will be handed £100million worth of transfer funds this summer and the club might finally provide enough competition for Liverpool. The Anfield outfit could also change ownership, and follow a new direction as a result after it was rumoured to be nearing a £700million takeover from Chinese investment group, SinoFortune. But current owners, FSG have denied such as per the Liverpool Echo. Fenway Sports Group looks hesitant to let go despite the frequent rumours linking the club to new ownership.
New owners or not, their transfer plans haven’t been affected, and despite not participating in European competitions next season, they are still set to land some big names. Klopp’s former charge at the Signal Iduna Park, Robert Lewandowski has been linked with an Anfield arrival this summer. As per the Daily Mail, the Poland international is unsettled in Bayern and is still open to an EPL move. Playing in England has always looked inevitable for the 27-year-old after United tried to sign him from Dortmund before he eventually switched to Bayern Munich. Real Madrid are also considering landing the goal-scoring machine, but he believes he won’t be able to displace the BBC forward line. Lewandowski is said to be a fan of Liverpool having supported them as a kid, and he still hopes to reunite with Klopp. A lack of Champions League football is the only barrier at the moment, and he might consider a move when the club returns to the elite competition.
On the flip side, the club has lost one of his star players in Martin Skrtel. The Slovakian skipper lost his place in the team last season, and a move away was on the cards as a result. The central defender is close to moving to Turkish giants, Fenerbahce after both clubs agreed a £5million deal for the 31-year-old. The likes of Wolfsburg and Chinese clubs were also interested in securing the services of the veteran defender. Skrtel arrived Anfield in 2008 and is one of the longest-serving members of the squad. The arrival of Joel Matip will mean his limited playing time will become further limited, and that wouldn’t go down well with him. Fenerbahce offer regular first team and Champions League football and a move there is definitely way to go as he nears retirement.
Skrtel will be joining an exit list that includes Kolo Toure, Teixeira, Jose Enrique and Ilori. The jury is still out over the future of the likes of Benteke, Brannagan, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva at the club. A squad overhaul looks underway, with the likes of Matip, Karius, Grujic already confirmed, while a deal for Zielinski looks close to completion and a couple of others are linked with prospective arrivals this summer or the next.