Liverpool’s Andy Robertson says the club can still succeed next season, despite their lack of activity in the transfer market this summer.
After heavy investment last summer, Liverpool have enjoyed a quiet transfer window, with the additions of teenage duo Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott the club’s only new arrivals.
Despite the club’s lack of signings, Robertson believes the European champions can still enjoy a successful year, and says keeping the club’s best players together was ‘the most important thing’.
“The same got said about Tottenham last season, that they wouldn’t kick on without signings, but they went on and had a more successful season,” Roberston told the Mirror.
“For us, the most important thing was keeping all our players, and we’ve managed to do that. We have all stayed together, and that’s a big thing.
“It’s about sticking together and getting even more familiar with each other. We’ve had players that have been in their first seasons – Keita and Fabinho their first season is over now and they’ve settled in, so I’m sure they will be looking to kick on and so will everyone else.”
Liverpool have endured a poor pre-season campaign to date, suffering defeats to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli, with a series of poor performances causing concern amongst the club’s fanbase.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been without key figures such as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Alisson for much of the summer, and Robertson says the returning stars will make a huge difference when the club begin their season against Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.
“Look, we’ve still got 5-6 players to come back who are crucial to this squad, and that will be make a big difference. Then this season, I am sure it will be a good one…it’s about showing it now,” he adds.
“So this is a competitive squad. You look and we have options all over. It’s about needing them – we’ll need them this season and we’ll need to use all of them, and then we will be fine. We are not worried at all.
“We will look forward, next week is the start of the season against Man City and we know how hard this season is going to be, but it’s one we really look forward to.”