Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League in 2015/16, while they also lost two cup finals.
Clearly, they need to improve if they are to come good on their 8/5 odds of making it into the top four next term.
The obvious way to improve is by enhancing the quality or variety of their playing personnel and Jurgen Klopp appears to be making some wise moves.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Reds want to bring in Sadio Mane from Southampton and are willing to pay £30m to secure his services.
Meanwhile, the Guardian is speculating that the Merseyside club are looking into purchasing Andrew Robertson from Hull City.
Both had good campaigns at their respective clubs, while they would also be addressing some weak areas in the Anfield outfit.
Firstly, Mane would offer an additional threat going forward and this would be helpful considering none of Liverpool’s attacking players scored more than ten Premier League goals.
The Saints winger, netted 11 times in the top flight, while he also helped his team by contributing six assists.
This means that the 24-year-old had a hand in 17 strikes and Roberto Firmino is the only player in the Liverpool ranks that can match him.
Additionally, the need to recruit a new left back was made clear in the Europa League final.
Alberto Moreno was rightfully derided for his performance against Sevilla, with the Spaniard’s errors culminating in helping the La Liga side to equalise, including a poor header, poor attempted tackle and inability to intercept.
When looking at a replacement, it would be wise to bring in Robertson.
He played 45 regular season games as the Tigers earned promotion from the Championship, also playing in all their play-off matches, scoring a 98th minute strike against Derby in the away leg of their semi-final clash that ultimately put Steve Bruce’s men through.
During the regular season, he struck three times and contributed four assists, while the fact that Robertson’s side had the joint-second lowest amount of goals conceded in the second tier shows he is also strong defensively.