Gini Wijnaldum thinks the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and emergence of Rhian Brewster has altered Liverpool’s approach to transfers this summer.
Both players missed a large portion of last season through injury, with Oxlade-Chamberlain suffering knee ligament damage against Roma in the Champions League at the end of the 2017/18 season, and Brewster undergoing multiple ankle and knee operations throughout the campaign.
However, both players are now fit and firing, and Wijnaldum believes the pair can be like new signings under Jurgen Klopp this season.
“It’s always difficult to say. You have to look at how the season would go, if it goes well then people will not talk about it, if it doesn’t then people will say we had to sign new players,” Wijnaldum told Sky Sports News.
“Until now it has gone well, a few players who were injured have returned to the team. That feels like new already.
“It’s for Liverpool to sign players or to decide that we don’t have to sign players. We just have to do our work on the pitch.”
On the added competition in midfield, Wijnaldum said: “That’s what you have at a big club like Liverpool. I don’t think it will be different at other big clubs, it’s a good sign.”
Rhian Brewster has already shown an instinctive eye for goal in pre-season so far, and Wijnaldum is confident he will be ready for the Premier League next month.
“We all know what his [Brewster’s] qualities are, he is a good player,” the Dutchman said.
“We knew that before he got injured but now he has had a really good impact in pre-season so far. Hopefully he can stay fit and help the team to go further.
“What we are trying to do now is make the players ready when they get the chance. They train as much as possible with us, we trying to help them learn. When the chance comes they must be ready.”