Ornstein's insight into Liverpool's transfer window: 'Thomas Tuchel has eyes on Roberto Firmino'
- BBC's transfer expert David Ornstein claims this summer will be 'a low-key' transfer window for the club.
- The supporters should expect two or three signings at the most.
- He believes Moreno, Clyne and Sturridge are on their way out of the club.
- There will be no back-up 'number nine' because of Brewster.
- Origi is expected to stay.
- Wilson, Kent, Grujic, Woodburn, Ojo and Ejaria might go on loan or move away permanently.
- Fekir is currently not a target.
- Tuchel is interested in Firmino but this it's not even an option.
"Liverpool are the most settled of the Premier League's top six and this is a summer of consolidation, having already stockpiled well. They've done their big shop, so don't need to do it weekly.
"The feeling is that to improve their squad it would take astronomical spending and there are few 'gettable' players who can come in and be first choice.
"Owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) don't just want to splash out, take a punt or spend for the sake of it; they'd rather be nimble, brave, smart and strategic.
"Their aim has always been to get to a stage where they are ready to react and make game-changing signings when the need and the opportunity arise.
"They feel they're now at that stage - as shown, for example, post-Philippe Coutinho and with the acquisitions of Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson.
"Currently the need, opportunity and level of finance required for such game-changing signings is not there.
"So unless any unforeseen circumstances arise to change that, it will be a low-key, conservative window at Anfield.
"One, maximum two signings - and for fees unlikely to surpass, for instance, the £13m Liverpool spent on Xherdan Shaqiri last summer.
"With Alberto Moreno on his way out and Nathaniel Clyne likely to go too, full-back cover - especially on the left - is needed. But not necessarily specialist cover, rather a flexible full-back - somebody who can grow into the role or operate in various positions.
"It's a similar situation in attack, with Daniel Sturridge set to depart but unlikely to be replaced like-for-like. Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of 19-year-old Rhian Brewster and therefore does not plan to recruit a back-up 'number nine'.
"Instead, the Reds could sign a versatile attacker, allowing Klopp to shuffle the pack as and when he sees fit. Divock Origi is expected to stay, regardless of whether or not he signs a new deal.
"Liverpool don't mind certain players entering the final year of their contracts and ultimately leaving for free, if they see greater relative value in them staying than exiting for a small fee.
"Those who have enjoyed successful loan spells away from the club - the likes of Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Marko Grujic - could go out again on a temporary or permanent basis. There could also be movement for players such as Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Ovie Ejaria.
"Liverpool's pursuit of Nabil Fekir a year ago was genuine and at the time he fitted the bill. But in the end Shaqiri was signed, Klopp reworked the shape of his attack and experimented with other players, and he has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return.
"Among the players Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has eyes on is Roberto Firmino, but it's not something the Reds would even consider."