The opinion of the fans on this subject can be divided. Some see the fact that the club has lower net spending than Brighton, Fulham and Wolves over the past five years as proof that Fenway Sports Group is showing a lack of ambition.
Others would see the fact that they were able to build a squad capable of becoming Champions of Anything on a relatively slim transfer budget, proof that they have played the market beautifully.
Wherever you are, it seems obvious that Michael Edwards will need to be particularly effective in his transfer business this summer.
Liverpool recently reported losses of £ 46million for the year ending May 31, 2020, and the financial situation for the current season will be much grimmer when those results are revealed 12 months from now.
One way the club might be able to get a little more bang for their buck would be to look at players who will be contract-free and available on a free transfer.
After all, if Lionel Messi can find himself on the Transfermarkt list of eligible players for Bosman, then there may be all kinds of talented stars that Edwards perhaps should consider acquiring for the Reds.
Here are three interesting players who could be recruited for free this summer.
The former Manchester United man has been linked with Liverpool countless times over the years, and rumors that he will move to Anfield have already resurfaced this year as well.
With the 27-year-old enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, it may be time for the Reds to finally take action.
Depay has scored 19 goals and is second in the Ligue 1 scorers chart for 2020/21 – eighth if penalties are discounted – he also has a first place share in the assists chart.
He leads the assists standings and is sixth in expected goals without penalty (by FBRef), so his impressive returns are no coincidence.
The Netherlands international is also in the top six in France for balls, assists and assists in the penalty area and the players have dribbled, so he ticks a lot of key attacking boxes.
The AC Milan attacking midfielder drew admiring glances from across Europe if the stories are to be believed, and it has also been reported that he could still sign a contract extension and stay put.
But if he decides to leave Milan, Liverpool should at least investigate the possibility of acquiring the 27-year-old Turkey international. When a player’s top 10 games on FBRef include Bruno Fernandes and Jack Grealish, they are certainly worth a closer look.
Calhanoglu has created more chances than any other Serie A player this season and has been in the top 10 in Italy for each of the last four campaigns.
Over the past 365 days, he’s also been in the top three percent of attacking midfielders in Europe’s Big Five for assists, expected assists and shot-creating actions. Whichever way you slice him up, the man from Milan is a creative dynamo.
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It may seem odd to suggest a player who flopped at Newcastle, failing to score or assist a league goal in 13 appearances in 2015/16.
But Thauvin has come a long way since then, especially when he scored 22 goals and put 11 in Ligue 1 two seasons later.
His numbers have cooled since then and he has missed almost all of 2019/20 with injury, but there is still a lot to admire in his profile.
The 28-year-old is versatile, a quality that Jurgen Klopp likes a lot. Depending on whether you favor Transfermarkt or WhoScored for reference, Thauvin has started in five to seven different positions this season. And wherever he played, he carried a threat style similar to Depay.
The Marseillais is one of the best French players this season to have carried the ball in the last third and then in the penalty area, and to pass it into the area as well. It’s clear that there is plenty of attacking talent available on the open market this summer, and the Reds shouldn’t rule out signing anyone.