Michael Edwards could ruin his Liverpool farewell after deadline day announcement


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So, after losing their Premier League title to Manchester City, Liverpool responded by making just one new signing this summer.

Ibrahima Konate’s arrival in May from RB Leipzig, in a deal worth £36m was the only addition to Jürgen Klopp’s squad.

It was such an underwhelming summer, but it didn’t have to be this way.

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In our view, an attacker could’ve arrived instead of the Frenchman.

Liverpool’s priorities were all wrong

After such trouble in the centre-back department last season, nobody was surprised to see Liverpool move quickly to add another to Klopp’s ranks.

However, after Nat Phillips signed a new contract on deadline day, the question has to be asked.

Was Konate needed at all?

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Klopp now has Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back, as well as Joël Matip, Konate and Phillips.

Plenty of options – too many, in fact. However, in attack, Klopp has nobody capable of stepping up in the absence of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mane.

In terms of squad depth, it’s a bit of a mismatch in those departments.

Ibrahima Konate money could’ve been used better by Liverpool

For most of the summer, it seemed like Phillips would be leaving, so Konate’s arrival was definitely necessary.

However, the Reds ended up handing him a new contract – if that was the plan, why was Konate signed?

The £36m could’ve instead been spent on a new attacker – after all, there were plenty of options.

Leon Bailey joined Aston Villa for £30m. Donyell Malen joined Borussia Dortmund for £25.7m. Leicester also signed Patson Daka for £23m, so the Konate money was certainly enough for a quality forward.

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Nevertheless, Liverpool’s plans for this summer clearly weren’t thought through, and it’s cost them.

Additionally, The Athletic believe this could’ve been Michael Edwards’ last summer window at Anfield, as he’s expected to leave.

If that is the case, he has – for once – let the Reds down with some disjointed thinking.

Now, Klopp will be praying that none of his four, reliable attacking options suffer an injury, or else this season will be a real struggle.

If something happens, and the Reds end the campaign trophy-less, Edwards may just have ruined his last season at Liverpool with a lack of planning.

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