Liverpool are expected to be busy in the summer transfer window – whenever it eventually opens.
With football currently suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jurgen Klopp’s side are waiting to discover when they can resume their assault on the Premier League title.
With uncertainty reigning over when football will be back, it also unclear when the transfer window will open.
It could be argued Liverpool will feel less anxiety than other clubs over when they can recruit, given they are 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League and need just two more wins to seal their first top-flight crown in 30 years.
But Klopp will know he must stay ahead of Liverpool’s rivals if they are to build on the success of the past 10 months, during which time he has guided the Reds to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup success.
Liverpool are widely expected to swoop for RB Leipzig hotshot Timo Werner, while the Bundesliga club’s star centre-half Dayot Upamecano has also been linked with interest from Anfield.
There are expected to be departures, too, with Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne coming to the end of their contracts, while Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson could all be on their way out.
Here, we look at what could be a realistic 25-man squad for the Reds next season, courtesy of our colleagues at the Liverpool Echo.
Goalkeepers – Alisson Becker, Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher
Alisson’s position as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper is undisputed, his contribution immense since arriving from Roma in the summer of 2018.
However, injuries and suspension for the Brazilian have meant Adrian has featured this season far more this season than had been anticipated.
And while he has won all 11 Premier League outings to date and was a hero in the UEFA Super Cup, mistakes sent Liverpool tumbling towards exits from the FA Cup and Champions League last month. Nevertheless, Adrian is considered a more than able deputy.
Kelleher, meanwhile, can benefit from further first-team opportunities and training with the senior group of keepers.
Defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dayot Upamecano, Max Clark, Neco Williams
With Lovren likely to leave, Liverpool will have a gap to fill at centre-back. They have been linked with a host of names, with Diego Carlos of Sevilla having been strongly touted for some time.
But, at 27, the Brazilian may be a little too old unless seen as anything other than a relatively short-term fix.
More appealing would be RB Leipzig’s 21-year-old France under-21 international Upamecano, although he could prove expensive.
Left-sided cover for Andy Robertson is imperative, and Vitesse Arnhem’s English defender Max Clark, formerly of Norwich City, has gained a reputation as an attacking full-back, is a good age at 24 and wouldn’t cost a fortune.
On the other flank, Neco Williams has already shown himself a more than capable understudy for Alexander-Arnold when required.
Midfielders – Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Naby Keita, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Todd Cantwell, Curtis Jones
Lallana’s departure will leave a hole, and not just in terms of his popularity and importance around the dressing room.
Liverpool have made a success in recent years of raiding relegated clubs for leading talent and, with Norwich surely doomed, their effervescent midfielder Todd Cantwell would make for an intelligent purchase.
As for the rest, it’s pretty much as you were, with Curtis Jones fully promoted to the senior side and able to also do a job on the left wing further upfield.
Forwards – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino, Timo Werner, Divock Origi
There’s no doubt Liverpool’s front three will command interest from potential suitors during the next transfer window.
But unless any of them actively agitate for a move then there is little sense in moving any on.
That said, planning for the future has already started with the January move for Minamino, while the big spend in the summer could well be on Werner, with Jurgen Klopp a known admirer of the RB Leipzig striker.
It might be tempting to sell Origi but, unless any significant offers are received, there seems no great reward in jettisoning a player well-versed in Klopp’s methods, if not particularly consistent in his application of them.
Both Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster will be part of a glut of Academy graduates also qualified to feature in the Premier League.