Michael Edwards and co. are adept at doing business on the quiet, however, with moves for Fabinho and Takumi Minamino recently catching rivals off guard.
Minamino, one of Red Bull Salzburg’s leading lights over the past couple of seasons, will join Liverpool on January 1 in a £7.25m deal.
The Japan international’s release clause was discovered by Liverpool early on and allowed them to steal a march on other interested parties.
Premier League leaders Liverpool are currently 13 points clear of second-place Leicester and have a game in hand on Brendan Rodgers’ side.
They will be out to extend their advantage on Thursday when they welcome Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United to Anfield.