With manager Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool first team squad narrowly missing out on another Premier League title in the domestic 2021/22 campaign, as despite the fantastic comeback to reduce a once 14 point deficit to take the battle with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side down to the final day of action, a single point finally separated us and all eyes over the summer have been on making even more improvements so that narrowest of gaps could hopefully close again in the coming 2022/23 campaign.
Despite some very early concern about the departures of both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian wizard has now committed to a new three year deal and although Mane did depart for German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich (joined by Divock Origi to AC Milan and Takumi Minamino to Monaco), Klopp has already significantly strengthened the frontline with the club record capture of Benfica 23-year-old forward Darwin Nunez (£64 million) and as we know, we had already added Fulham's Fabio Carvalho to our ranks.
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Whether or not it comes to pass or not, we are also being tipped to potentially rival Manchester United for one player in particular this summer transfer window as it is being reported that their new manager, Erik ten Hag, wants to raid his former Eredivisie side Ajax again but this time for attacker Antony - and we are apparently interested and have already lodged an enquiry with the Dutch giants.
Ten Hag knows him well from his time at the club and having been originally signed from Sao Paolo for around £14 million in the summer of 2020, the 22-year-old Brazilian international has gone on to make 78 appearances, returning 22 goals and 20 assists across all competitions since then which is not too shabby a return for a lad of that age.
Reportedly, Manchester United's issue is that they do not want to cough up the believed £59 million Ajax have placed his valuation at, given he has now helped them to back to back Dutch titles under Ten Hag himself.
Whilst the United link here makes perfect sense given the manager has worked with the player previously, Liverpool's reported interest in him does feel a little bit strange and very sort of silly season rumour mill stuff.
For a start, it appears Antony favours the right wing/attacker role that Salah fulfils so well for us, and to excellent effect as well given his goalscoring return in his years with us, and with his new contract ensuring he has now become the highest paid player in our rich and illustrious history, it makes absolutely no sense at all that we would now be looking to alter his role.
Equally on that point, as a successor Antony would have promise and make some sense, but we would not spend that much on a player who then by default had to occupy a role and a position that he was not ultimately bought for - as his own form during the natural adjustment period of a new club, country, league and team mates would suffer and it would inevitably end up as a bad investment that just would not work out.
Had Salah not signed his new deal, this one might have been plausible - but not now surely?
Written by Alan Spencer