Liverpool have had a hectic summer transfer window that started with a handful of free agents leaving the club and ended with Ryan Gravenberch’s arrival. Express Sport takes a look at how their summer transfer window stacked up as a whole.
On paper, Liverpool have done good business this summer with their midfield revolution looking in good shape. Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai in particular have settled quickly into life at Anfield while Wataru Endo helps fill a necessary role in the side.
Ryan Gravenberch will be the wildcard signing as he’s highly regarded at Liverpool, but it remains to be seen how he settles in and whether he can make an impact immediately. Szoboszlai is the standout piece of business and the Hungarian has already earned an army of fans for his performances.
It could have been an outstanding window for Liverpool as Jude Bellingham was originally touted as a target while they also failed in their bid for Moises Caicedo. But the Reds can be happy with the acquisitions they did make.
This may well change depending on whether they manage to keep Mohamed Salah from the clutches of Saudi Arabia. Liverpool were in need of major changes in midfield and departures were expected, but Klopp may not have wanted to go through a complete changeover in one summer.
Jordan Henderson and Fabinho’s departures came as a shock while Liverpool missed out on the potential to raise funds by letting Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner run down their contracts. It may end up being a blessing in disguise, but Klopp will need time to get his new-look midfield up to speed.
Missed transfers: F
Liverpool were made the laughing stock of the transfer window when they attempted to steal Moises Caicedo from the clutches of Chelsea only for that move to ultimately ruin their chances of signing Romeo Lavia as well. Lavia appeared to be Liverpool’s top target all summer, but the Reds played a cat-and-mouse game with Southampton.
That blew up in their faces when Chelsea made an official approach with Liverpool eventually missing out on both players. The whole saga made Liverpool look amateurish. Not signing another centre-back may also come back to bite them at some point this season.
It’s hard to argue against the level of players Liverpool have brought in this summer against those who left the club. Most who departed Anfield were the other side of 30 while Liverpool are now very much looking towards the future with Szoboszlai, Mac Allister and Gravenberch.
But it’s hard to ignore what happened in the Caicedo-Lavia saga. Throughout Klopp’s tenure, Liverpool’s transfer business had been heralded with both Michael Edwards and Julian Ward steering the ship. Their departures have clearly had an affect on proceedings behind the scene, but they’ve done enough this summer to keep themselves competitive towards the top of the table.