Former Man Utd striker reckons Liverpool will struggle in transfer market
After what has - so far - been considered an almost complete success in last summer's transfer window, former Manchester United striker Michael Owen reckons that this summer's window may be a bit more difficult. Particularly as the Reds look to replace Daniel Sturridge.
It's almost a certainty that Sturridge will leave the club on a free transfer this summer, whilst Divock Origi is just as likely to be sold on too. And while Jurgen Klopp's plans apparently include Rhian Brewster as the back up to Bobby Firmino, the manager would be foolish to think that a player will barely a few games senior football is enough cover.
So that means that the club will no doubt delve into the market again looking for backup to Firmino and probably more of a challenger than simply cover, as Sturridge and Origi have been providing.
But according to Owen, the quality of our front three will mean that any player even tempted to join us in the summer may think twice because they're not likely to feature all that much.
Speaking to Goal, Owen said: "It is so much easier if you’re a scout or you’re in the recruitment department of any other club bar the top six.
"I mean, where do you go? How do you go and target someone, and they say ‘am I going to start?’ and you have to say ‘no, Salah will start or Mane will start’?
"You can’t go and get an absolute top player, unless they only have a couple of years left in their career.
"Or you go and buy the next young thing and maybe bleed him in for a year or so.
"To go and get someone in the guts of their career, at 24 or 25, that’s so hard, and that’s the only player that can really improve teams like this one."
Makes sense on the whole, but it's a strange statement to make for a player desperately trying to reignite his link with the club after his own foolish decision not so long ago.