Liverpool can avoid making the same mistakes as MU when buying more midfielders in the January transfer window next year.
Liverpool need to buy more midfielders to deal with injuries from Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. But even if buying urgently, Liverpool must be careful to avoid making mistakes on the negotiating table like MU.
In January last year, MU could not buy Bruno Fernandes, although he identified this player as the number one target. Then, they have to wait until the last days of the summer 2019 transfer window to buy Harry Maguire for a record 80 million pounds.
The same thing happened in the Fernandes deal when MU had to pay £ 68 million for Sporting Lisbon.
Obviously, the longer the negotiation process, the longer there is no signal about the contract signing, the possibility of the deal being canceled or price pressure is very high.
Sharing about this issue, journalist Ollie Connelly of Liverpool Echo said: “You need to complete the signing of the contract in December, not wait until January and then extend the official signing to February”.
In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool once succeeded with a stance: waiting for a suitable player was better than signing a contract with an imperfect alternative. They waited six months to pay a record fee to buy Van Dijk in January 2018.
But the situation is different now. “Liverpool cannot wait 6, 12 or 18 months to sign a contract when the squad can win this year, next year or the year after. They need to bring in new players during this time to win”.
They must also initiate negotiations immediately to avoid missing a suitable target in January, having to buy an unsuitable substitute or be forced to buy at a very high price.
Without saying that, Liverpool may sign a contract with Takumi Minamino before the January 2020 transfer market opens because there is a preparation in advance. This allows them to use the Japanese in the first matches of the new year and helps Minamino settle in faster.
Now, journalist Connelly suggests Liverpool pay an additional £ 30 million to buy Dayot Upamecano immediately as this is a long-term and necessary investment. Upamecano is only 22 years old and growing very strongly in the RB Leipzig shirt. More importantly, this investment will help Liverpool defend the Premier League title.