Liverpool FC is probably in a dilemma right now. After losing both Xherdan Shaqiri and Georginio Wijnaldum the squad depth has arguably got much weaker.
Wijnaldum was one of the team’s most durable players who rarely got injured and played almost every game. He moved to Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer, who signed three more free agents in Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and most notably Lionel Messi.
Meanwhile, Shaqiri signed for Olympique Lyon for a small transfer fee. His transfer seemed inevitable after the Swiss attacker publicly mentioned he wanted to play for the French club.
Harvey Elliott was primed as the Wijnaldum replacement instead of securing a player in the transfer market while Shaqiri was not replaced at all. Elliott got a nasty injury against Leeds which has reduced the depth even further.
The club not replacing Shaqiri means there are only four first team attackers with out of favour players Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino (who spent the last half-season on loan at Southampton) now entrusted to supplement the forwards.
These depth issues will mean the club would not have the luxury to challenge for trophies on all fronts, which takes us back to the question, should they target the league or UCL?
Targeting the Premier League makes sense logically as well as sentimentally. With other top six rivals strengthening significantly in the summer window, the top four race will probably be more intense than ever. Liverpool cannot afford to lose focus as qualification for the Champions League will be very crucial to their plans next summer.
Emotionally, the fans would love to win the league again, which would be their 20th title leveling them with Manchester United for most league titles won. An opportunity too good to pass up.
On the other hand, there simply is no other feeling in club football than winning the prestigious UEFA Champions League. Liverpool won it in 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano and had a huge trophy parade the day after.
The whole city reveled as the then European Champions took a tour of the historic city with the shiny old trophy. Winning the 7th UCL trophy would level Liverpool with another giant of football, AC Milan.
It is unthinkable for a club of Liverpool’s size to not target both competitions. The Merseyside club is a historic European Royalty and not a mid-table club.
If the owners Fenway Sports Group can sanction some signings in January the club can have the depth and firepower to blitz both competitions, which is expected from a club like Liverpool.