Jurgen Klopp has hinted at unexpected transfer as Ibrahima Konate makes Liverpool prediction

Jurgen Klopp has hinted at unexpected transfer as Ibrahima Konate makes Liverpool prediction

For some time now, there’s been a feeling that Liverpool’s collective outlook has been very much front-facing beyond this season and instead towards a critically important summer.

Having spent much of the past five years of season run-ins merely concentrating on the very next game – whether it was trying to overthrow leaders Manchester City for the Premier League title (2019, 2022), retaining focus to get over the line and become champions (2020) or keeping a winning run going to secure a top-four finish (2021) – Liverpool have rarely been able to look beyond what has been immediately next up for them in the month of May.

That, though, feels like it has shifted considerably at Anfield this term as the Reds start to address what they can do to ensure an underwhelming campaign is not repeated next time out.

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Plans for pre-season have been altered to try and make sure they are able to hit the ground running this summer, while a proactive approach to their sporting director issue has them on the brink of appointing Jorg Schmadtke to replace the departing Julian Ward before the transfer window has opened.

With Schmadtke flying into Merseyside to finalise talks to take over Ward and Tim Spearman replacing Ian Graham as the club’s new head of research at the end of this campaign, two major recruitment roles are set to be populated by fresh faces.

Throw in the completion of the Anfield Road expansion project off the field and the departures of James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on it and the idea that Liverpool are entering a new era is becoming harder and harder to escape.

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