Richard Hughes delivers bold Liverpool transfer promise that should excite fans

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Liverpool have had a quiet year on the transfer front so far but that could all be about to change.

Liverpool fans are waiting in anticipation to see what aces the club have up their sleeve this transfer window. It’s been a very quiet year for the Reds so far in 2024 but with a new era dawning under Arne Slot, we can surely expect to see some statement signings made ahead of the 2024/25 season.

Last summer was heavily focused on plugging the gaps left following the midfield exodus, which saw Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and James Milner among others leave Anfield. Other areas of concern were placed on the back-burner and after a silent January, Liverpool need to make a significant splash over the coming weeks.

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The good news for Liverpool fans is that some confirmation has come straight from the horse’s mouth. During Slot’s first press conference as Reds manager, he was joined by new sporting director Richard Hughes, who arrived at the club following Michael Edwards’ appointment as CEO of Football for FSG.

Hughes joined in March and has shed some light on Liverpool’s plan to strengthen their ranks ahead of the new season. The Reds will be hoping to jump straight back into another Premier League title race, having fallen short last time out and settled for a third-place finish.

They have been linked with a number of exciting targets since 2024 rolled in but few connections have reached a serious stage of discussion. Hughes has admitted that Liverpool will see out a ‘quiet July’ but it will be followed up by a ‘crescendo in August’.

“We will always be ready when the market opens,” the former Bournemouth technical director teased.

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Hughes also shed some light on the decision to bring in Slot as Klopp’s successor, praising the sides he has previously managed and commenting on how similar the managers are with their playing styles.

“[It was] based on playing style and data, all the metrics came out well. [His sides] play with passion, which lends well to the squad we have. I believe the playing style will work — to try to grab games by the scruff of the neck. Not a hugely different approach [to Klopp's].”

In recent weeks and months, Liverpool have been linked with big money deals including Anthony Gordon, Crysencio Summerville and Nico Williams. Minding their money and erring on the side of caution has been a characteristic of Liverpool’s for many years. However, after their surprise £111 million bid for Moisés Caicedo last summer, and their interest in players who would command huge fees, the Reds could be in line to make some exciting signings this summer.

There is also the matter of who could be moved on from from the current Anfield camp. Joël Matip and Thiago have already bid their farewells but other exit links have been making headlines too. While they have quietened down since last summer, rumours continue to circle Mohamed Salah, who has just one year left on his contract. Luis Díaz’s future is also up in the air, and Caoimhin Kelleher is eager to establish himself as a number one away from Liverpool.

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