By Harvey Byrne

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has labelled Liverpool’s summer business a “joke” as the Anfield giants prepare to compete in the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

The Reds have had a relatively quiet transfer window this summer despite long reported interest in both Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita with just Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke joining.

This has caused some concern among those associated with the club as poor signings three years a go, including Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli prevented the team from progressing past the Champions League group stage and saw them drop back out of the Premier League’s top four.

Now, after Van Dijk announced he has handed a transfer request in at Southampton, chairman MacAnthony has told on his personal Twitter account that he hopes his next destination will be Liverpool with their window so far underwhelming many.

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League last season, one point above Arsenal in fifth.

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Many had been hoping that the club would now invest in pushing on from their placing, especially in the defensive area which saw them finish with the worst goals against record in the top four.

However, it is now looking that Liverpool will start the season against Watford on Saturday with a similar looking squad as the one that saw them finish the 2016-17 season.

In other Liverpool news, a report has detailed the Reds’ stance on this 27-year-old French midfielder.

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