Jack Hallows looks at what business Liverpool’s rivals have done this summer and assesses how the Red’s own transfer window looks in comparison.
Chelsea – Spent: £130m*
Incomings: Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid), Antonio Rüdiger (AS Roma), Tiemoué Bakayoko (AS Monaco), Willy Caballero (Manchester City)
The Verdict: The Champions have done fairly well for themselves this summer, especially if you believe reports that they could have as many as four more incomings this window.
Antonio Conte has addressed the need for a new central defender with the signing of Rüdiger – who is versatile enough to also be a fill-in at right back – while also adding more than capable replacements for Matic and Costa.
However, he will likely be hoping to sign another wing-back option as an upgrade on Moses while the club could certainly still use a couple of other squad options for domestic competition.
Tottenham Hotspur – Spent: N/A
The Verdict: I’m not particularly sure what Spurs are playing at.
Yes, on paper they have one of, if not the best starting XI in the Premier League even with Walker having left for Manchester City but if Eric Dier also goes – he’s linked with a £40m switch to Manchester United – they all of a sudden start to look very light.
The Londoners’ squad depth was truly tested at times last season, especially in Harry Kane’s spell on the sidelines in the Autumn and their lack of replacements for Dembele, Alderweireld and Kane among their current squad should certainly be red flags.
Pochettino has a real talent for developing youth players into top-quality options but you really feel he’s in need of at least two or three new players this summer if they’re to improve on last season.
Manchester City – Spent: £185m*
Incomings: Bernardo Silva (AS Monaco), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco), Danilo (Real Madrid)
The Verdict: They’ve not even begun addressing the problems they have in the centre of the park but they’re already the closest Premier League side to breaching the £200m barrier so far.
Silva and Walker, in particular, look absolutely stellar additions while Mendy was one of the most exciting full-backs in Europe last campaign. Danilo also gives Guardiola a solid and versatile squad option, however, they still desperately need at least one new centre back.
If Guardiola continues to splash the cash in the same manner he has done for the remainder of this window and manages to address a couple of other problem areas – for me they still need another holding midfield and one if not two centre halves – they’ll definitely be a major contender for the title.
Arsenal – Spent: £50m*
Incomings: Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke)
The Verdict: In my opinion, the best pieces of business that Arsenal have done so far is keep duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for at least another season. The pair are hugely important to the Gunners and Sanchez, in particular, is one of the most game-changing and frightening players in the Premier League on his day.
Securing left back Kolasinac on a free transfer was a shrewd way of addressing a problem position by Wenger and you don’t need me to remind you just how highly I rate Alexandre Lacazette. His signing could turn out to be the coup of the summer.
However, the Gunners definitely still have areas to improve. A new right sided attacker to replace the want-away Oxlade-Chamberlain and frustrating Theo Walcott is a must while they could also do with a new backup centre half, goalkeeper and right back.
If Wenger is going to continue in the 3-4-3 formation he has deployed in pre-season and at the end of last season, the club cannot afford to be using the likes of Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain all out of position.
Manchester United – Spent: £120m*
Incomings: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Victor Lindelöf (Benfica)
The Verdict: The business Manchester United have done has been very good. They needed a guaranteed source of goals to come in and replace Ibrahimovic so they got a man who’s managed 20+ for three consecutive seasons. Never mind his price tag, in this market, it’s definitely not a rip-off.
Lindelöf for me is an unknown quantity but the club most certainly needed another centre back. Chris Smalling’s decline, Daley Blind not actually being a centre back and Phil Jones not even being a footballer all contributed to a backline that was deceptively poor last season and with Eric Bailly back to full fitness, the new signing could be the perfect partner.
I still do think they could use another left-back and another number 10 in case Mkhitaryan doesn’t manage to kick on this season. They’re certainly set up top for now though, as long as Mourinho doesn’t play seven at the back every weekend.
Liverpool – Spent: £45m+*
Incomings: Mohamed Salah (AS Roma), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Andrew Robertson (Hull City)
Verdict: Unfortunately, Spurs aside, I think our lot have had the most underwhelming window so far. The money spent is not the issue, the issue is that the Reds have only signed one guaranteed first team starter and have struggled seemingly endlessly to secure their top targets.
Mohamed Salah is a fantastic signing who is a guaranteed source of goals, both by scoring and creating them but both Robertson and Solanke will take some time and getting used to.
The Scottish left back is an exciting prospect whose age means he’s seasoned yet developable and his Premier League experience will be vital in helping him adapt to his new surroundings.
Solanke, on the other hand, could end up a bargain in two or three years but for now should remain firmly as one for the future.
If the club does manage to secure both – or at least one – of Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta while holding onto Philippe Coutinho, then this window can be qualified as a certain success.
However, keep Coutinho or not, fail to secure both of Klopp’s top targets and this window goes straight onto the ‘underwhelming and frustrating’ pile.
Who do you think’s had the best transfer window so far? Let me know down below!
*All spent fees are rough figures and don’t take into account various add-ons. For example, Morata was £58m up front but could rise to £70m if add-ons clauses are achieved.