It is very much obvious that Jurgen Klopp will now be preparing to strengthen his squad as some world class names like Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have arrived in the Premier League, and therefore, the pursuit for the title and the top four will be more difficult for the German manager.
Liverpool do have an advantage next season as they won’t be hosting any European nights, so the team can solely focus on the Premier League. The Merseyside club had many up and downs last season as they saw the sacking of Brendan Rodgers in the middle of the season, but the arrival of Klopp did drive them back on track (a little).
The German did have a difficult time in the beginning, but then he adopted the nature of the English Football and the side gave some extraordinary performance, including that little Europa League triumph where they defeated Klopp’s previous side Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and Villarreal. They lost the final hurdle of the tournament, but that’s because of the players’ poor show, not because of the manager.
Now, the German manager will be looking forward to bring some fresh faces into the squad as to make the Reds a heavyweights once again. Even this time, Klopp has not wasted a single minute to bring players to Anfield as he figured out the weakest link, i.e. Mignolet, and bought Loris Karius. With Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel leaving the club and Mamadou Sakho still suspended, he bought the tough Cameroonian Joel Matip to cover the region. And besides those two, he will also be welcoming Marco Grujic who was sent on loan back in January 2016.
Now, many reports are claiming that Liverpool are eyeing a move for the out of favour Arsenal star, Theo Walcott. The 27-year-old has been struggling a lot lately at the Emirates to get regular match time and also saw his place taken over by the young Nigerian Alex Iwobi. Walcott started to observe a dip in his form mainly due to his repeating injuries and that denies the Englishman’s time on the field.
Walcott is surely not getting any younger and might be forced to leave the Emirates due to the shortage of game time. Signing a 27-year-old player who failed to capitalize the opportunities is nothing more than a gamble. Walcott surely has a bag full of Premier League experience, but he also has a physique of glass that gets injured every now and then.
But besides that, the major concern will be his position. The Englishman is one of the most versatile players in England as he could be deployed on the wings, attacking midfield and can also operate the game as a striker, but all those positions have been comfortably occupied by Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana, and there is no chance that Klopp will prefer Walcott over them. It is understood that the German gaffer will be looking to sign a striker, who could complement Sturridge or Origi at Anfield and to be very honest, Walcott isn’t the one who could be trusted to get goals.
Walcott is one of the fastest players on the pitch and can easily haunt the opponents with his pace, but we all are aware of the fact that the Premier League will be getting a lot tougher than before, and therefore, Walcott might see more time on the sidelines than on the pitch due to his injuries.
Walcott was considered as the future of the English football, but his constant injury crisis has halted his progress and we don’t think he might get any better now. He himself should opt a club where he can get first team opportunities and Liverpool can surely not promise the English star the same.