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FSG make key appointment and seal transfer as main Liverpool aim achieved – predictions for 2023

FSG have much to ponder at Liverpool during 2023, with transfers and contracts to sort out and some key appointments that need making while new investment could arrive.

 

Liverpool have plenty to think about in 2023, with plenty of things yet to sort themselves out. From transfer arrivals to a potential FSG sale, Jürgen Klopp’s side could change significantly over the next 12 months.

 

But what will those changes look like and how will things fall into place? Liverpool.com has taken a look at the six things that need fixing — and how exactly they might be solved.

 

Champions League qualification – The thing that will determine what the rest of the calendar year looks like beyond this season, getting into the top four is Liverpool’s main aim.

 

It is possible that with the squad they have now, they could achieve that, but far more likely is that they will miss out unless they get some big fortune with injuries and availability.

 

Prediction: Liverpool scrape into the top four with Newcastle United unable to sustain their levels all season. Two of Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United also miss out, with the latter possibly being made to pay for missing out on Cody Gakpo.

 

FSG (partial) sale – The most likely option here appears that FSG will seek a partial sale, with investment coming in to help the Reds compete with their richer competitors, though a big offer could tempt them into a full exit.

 

Prediction: A partial sale is agreed, which means that Liverpool can invest more and FSG remain involved for a few more years.

 

Contracts -Naby Keïta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino and James Milner are all out of contract at the end of the season. Usually, if it gets to January with nothing agreed, that means that they are on the way out.

 

Prediction: Milner will decide his own future but another year of him being around would do no harm. The other three could easily move on, but the Reds would need to find replacements for all of them in the transfer market.

 

Midfield transfers – One thing is for sure: if it is not in January, it will have to be in the summer. Liverpool need more midfielders.

 

Prediction: Jude Bellingham arrives, on the proviso that Liverpool are in the Champions League next season. It would not be a surprise if he was the only arrival given how much he will cost, though a second transfer would be highly recommended. Anything fewer than two signings in midfield across this transfer window and the next would be a gamble.

 

Sporting director and other key appointments -Julian Ward might already have negotiated his final transfer for Liverpool with the signing of Gakpo. By the summer, someone else needs to be in place. Similarly, recruitment staff including Ian Graham are departing.

 

Prediction: This is almost impossible to know what will happen. An external sporting director appointment would need to be a perfect fit, but there are no obvious internal appointments that have come to the fore. Liverpool will have a plan and an announcement surely should be done in the next few months.

 

 

Young stars take next step – Tyler Morton, Stefan Bajčetić, Ben Doak and Bobby Clark are the ones to keep an eye on. Calvin Ramsay and Fábio Carvalho could also come into that category.

 

Prediction: Morton comes back from his loan with Blackburn and is a part of the squad next season. Along with Bajčetić, there should be high hopes for both though expectations should not be raised too high too quickly.

 

Doak and Clark will continue to get chances but a loan spell for either (or both) might make sense for them to take the next step. Kaide Gordon will also remind people of what he can do when he returns from a 10-month injury lay-off.

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