Transfer deadline day has come and gone, with many twists and turns along the way. Mahrez went missing and turned up in France, Barkley turned down Chelsea half way through signing for them and Alexis Sanchez probably spent the day praying for a move away from Arsenal.
It was a fairly quiet deadline day for Liverpool however, which surprised many fans who expected a busy day for transfers. A couple of departures and one arrival was all the Reds could complete on the final day, which asks the question…are Liverpool now ready to challenge?
Deals That Fell Through
The French international Thomas Lemar was on the Liverpool’s radar towards the end of the transfer market however the deal could not be completed. A bid of £55.5 million was made but this wasn’t enough to push the deal over the line. Arsenal made a later bid of £92 million which was accepted by AS Monaco however Lemar did not want a move to the Emirates, favouring a move to Anfield instead. This might open the door for Lemar to move to Liverpool in January. For now, he remains a Monaco player.
Virgil Van Dijk
This was probably the most frustrating transfer in the history of the club! Van Dijk was a player that we desperately needed after our defensive weakness was clear to see on the opening day against Watford. The player seemed keen to join Liverpool, but Southampton wouldn’t budge on selling him. This transfer may have been dead a while ago after the drama involving Liverpool tapping up the player without permission. Van Dijk is dominant in the box and is a leader who would have been a great signing for Liverpool. Like Lemar, hopefully the Reds will be back in January to complete the signing.
Maybe the transfer that the whole world had their eye on this transfer market. Coutinho to Barcelona was a deal that looked to be all but done after the Brazilian handed in a transfer request and made it very clear that he wanted to make the switch to Spain. Like Southampton with VVD, Liverpool were stubborn and stood firm, ensuring that Coutinho was going nowhere. This means that he will be staying at Anfield until at least the next transfer window. This may come at some cost however, as Coutinho seemed to be emotional after scoring for Brazil recently, which may suggest that he had his heart set on signing for Barcelona. This asks the question…will he be the same player when he returns to the Liverpool starting line up? Will his heart still be in it?
The Ox was Liverpool’s only signing on Transfer Deadline Day which came as a surprise to everyone. Earlier in the week Chamberlain seemed to be heading to Chelsea after the two clubs agreed a fee, however the player decided against a move to Stamford Bridge and chose a move to Anfield. The Reds paid £35 million plus add ons for the Englishman who will be a great signing. He is strong and quick and can play either in Liverpool’s midfield or as a winger in the front three. He is a player that will mould into Klopp’s team well as he tracks back and will defend from the front. His pace will allow him to start counter attacks which Liverpool thrive off. Arsenal seem to be a sinking ship right now and we’ve taken one of their best players for a bargain price. Good signing!
Naby Keita (2018)
Liverpool have agreed a fee with Leipzig to sign Naby Keita next summer. This deal was completed before deadline day, but will not affect the team this year with the player not coming until 2018. This deal has been rumbling on all summer and it looked like Leipzig were refusing to sell him. They eventually gave in and agreed that he would come to Anfield, albeit next season. Something for Liverpool to look forward to come the end of the season.
Sakho has completed a move back to Crystal Palace where he spent last season on loan. The Eagles have paid just short of £30 million for the defender, who has not played for Liverpool for nearly two seasons. Sakho was a great defender but his poor relationship with manager Jurgen Klopp meant he was cast aside from the first team, and has been looking for an exit ever since. Sakho will be a brilliant signing for Palace, who are in desperate need of a defender, as they currently sit in the bottom three without a win. Good luck to you Mamadou!
Divock Origi (Loan)
Origi is a player who has struggled to maintain a place in Liverpool’s starting line up. He has shown glimpses of his quality but this has not been enough to push past players such as Firmino and Sturridge. His slip down the pecking order means that he will benefit from a loan deal away to develop even futher. Divock will be playing for Wolfsburg this season, with no deal on the table for them to make the loan deal permanent, meaning he will come back to us next summer. Liverpool have plenty of strikers in the squad after signing Solanke and Ings coming back from injury, so some time away will do Origi some good.
Mamadou Sakho – Crystal Palace, £26m
Divock Origi – Wolfsburg, loan
Tom Brewitt – Middlesbrough, free
Jake Brimmer – released
Jack Dunn – Tranmere, free
Toni Gomes – Forest Green, loan
Kane Lewis – released
Alex Manninger – retired
Adam Phillips – Norwich, free
Kevin Stewart – Hull, undisclosed
Ryan Fulton – Hamilton, free
Lucas Leiva – Lazio, £5m
Pedro Chirivella – Willem II, loan
Taiwo Awoniyi – Royal Excel Mouscron, loan
Allan Rodrigues de Souza – Apollon Limassol, loan
Ryan Kent – Freiburg, loan
Sam Hart – Blackburn, loan
Jordan Williams – Rochdale, loan
Are Liverpool now ready?
Liverpool desperately needed a Centre Back, especially with the departure of Sakho. If anything happens to Matip or Lovren then we could be in trouble. Klavan looks okay but he isn’t a player that fills the fans with confidence. Gomez would fill in that position but he is still young and inexperienced. This is somewhere that Liverpool could struggle this season, especially considering how many games we will be playing in the league and cup competitions. Further up the pitch Liverpool look really strong. The arrival of Oxlade-Chamberlain adds depth to our squad and means we have plenty of options in the midfield area. An exciting season is ahead for the Reds and I expect us to give the title a good go this year.