With the fixtures for the 2020/21 Premier League released, clubs can begin planning for the new campaign in earnest.
The transfer window is open until October 5, meaning teams might be bringing in players after they have already played four league matches.
With that in mind, many will hope to get their summer business done sooner rather than later.
Liverpool have made one signing so far – Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos – and there is no shortage of rumours linking further players with moves to or away from Anfield.
Here’s a selection of the latest hot transfer stories surrounding Liverpool…
Problem for Thiago?
There’s no doubt that the main story which has Liverpool supporters hooked is their club’s potential move for Thiago Alcantara.
The 29-year-old is currently preparing for the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. His club Bayern Munich are reportedly looking for £30million in exchange for his services, which may be more than the Premier League champions are willing to pay.
And even if he makes the move, one German World Cup winner isn’t convinced that he will find a regular spot in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield.
“I can already imagine the transfer, but the midfield axis of Liverpool is set up,” Per Mertesacker told Goal.
“Getting in there is very ambitious, but he’s a top footballer who can play anywhere. He wouldn’t have any problems with the style of play in England either because he’s a footballer who has been coached well.
“He has to adapt and sometimes do a 40-metre sprint to hit a central defender, but he can. He has to decide for himself, as it may well be that he won’t play a major role in the first games in Liverpool.”
Brewster to join fellow top side on loan?
Rhian Brewster has returned to Liverpool after making an enormous impact in the Championship with Swansea City.
Between his arrival in south Wales and the end of the season, only one player scored more goals in the second flight than Brewster did.
But with the combined talents of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah blocking his path to the Liverpool first team, might he be going out on loan once again in 2020/21?
Football Insider are reporting that he could be a target for Tottenham Hotspur. However, with Jose Mourinho’s general disinterest in using younger players, there could be better options out there for the Reds’ starlet.
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Wijnaldum could depart for Spain
Gini Wijnaldum only has one year remaining on his Liverpool contract, so it’s inevitable that he is being linked with moves away from the club. They won’t want to lose a key player on a free transfer, so if he won’t sign a new deal then he could leave this summer.
And he is being linked with a move to one of the few clubs who can legitimately claim to be bigger than Liverpool at the moment: Barcelona.
The Catalans have appointed Ronald Koeman as their new manager following their embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The former Everton manager has worked with Wijnaldum at international level and would like to make him one of his first signings at the club where he enjoyed so much success as a player.
Reds set to miss out on cash boost
With all football clubs suffering losses thanks to the coronavirus crisis, any funds they can raise at the moment would be most welcome.
Liverpool passed up the opportunity to sign Timo Werner when the move looked as good as done, thanks to the financial impact such a big money transfer, and the player’s contract, would have had.
With Rangers’ Ryan Kent rumoured to be of interest to Leeds United, the Reds would have been set to receive 20% of the transfer fee, as per the arrangement they made with Steven Gerrard’s club when the 23-year-old moved to Glasgow.
However, he looks set to stay put, so this is one avenue of income which appears to remain closed to Liverpool for the time being.