Liverpool fans have expressed their anger, disappointment and disbelief that yet another transfer window has passed without a new centre back signing for the Reds.
Players that have signed for the Merseyside outfit include former AS Monaco flyer Mohamed Salah, former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andy Robertson, Dominic Solanke and (if you’re an optimist) Naby Keïta on a pre-contract agreement for next summer.
Despite the fact that Jürgen Klopp has definitely upgraded his squad in a few areas and raised the level of competition, there is no doubting that the success of the window was hinging on whether or not an assertive centre back was signed.
Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk was a player that Liverpool desperately wanted to sign for three months and ruined their chances by “tapping up” the player and subsequently having to apologise to Saints.
As such, Liverpool will have to navigate at least six months of the 2017/18 season without van Dijk or any new centre back and will need to make do with Dejan Lovren, Jöel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez as the only options in the centre of defence.
It’s safe to say that supporters aren’t happy about a transfer window that was predicted to be the biggest in the club’s history. It didn’t help that Paul Joyce reported on Wednesday evening that Liverpool were prepared to spend £175 million deadline day.
Liverpool have left themselves exposed at the back
One injury to Joel Matip & it’s mad.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) August 31, 2017
So, Liverpool will head into the season with Dejan Lovren as a first choice centre back with very little cover.
— Mike (@MikeMongie) August 31, 2017
On the whole some good business by Liverpool. The squad & starting 11 both stronger.
Shame we couldn’t get a centre back over the line #LFC
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) September 1, 2017
Signing Mohamed Salah and Oxlade Chamberlain are positives
Don’t doubt Klopp. If he wants AOC, so should we. Fans doubted Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Matip, Robertson etc. Jurgen’s a transfer GOD.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) August 30, 2017
Transfer window highlights for me:
✅ #LFC Strengthened attack (Solanke, Ox, Salah)
✅ Brought in a solid left back in Robertson 1/
— LFCZA 🇿🇦 (@LFCZA) September 1, 2017
It’s plain to see why fans are upset…
If I told LFC fans at the start of the summer our transfer business would of been Solanke, Salah, Robertson and Ox there’d have been riots.
— Barry LFC O Sullivan (@NotoriousLFC) August 31, 2017
…but it’s also plain to see why this window wasn’t a failure
Gutted to come away from the window without VVD, but the squad is still capable of achieving things this season. Not all doom and gloom.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) August 31, 2017
Oh, and Thomas Lemar just rubbed the salt in our wounds
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) August 31, 2017
Personally, I’m happy to see the transfer window shut as it puts an end to all transfer speculation.
Of course, with the Spanish transfer window yet to close, there will still be a level of uncertainty surrounding Philippe Coutinho’s future but it really doesn’t seem like he’s heading out the door this summer.
I’m pleased with Salah and Chamberlian especially and I think that Andy Robertson has already shown that he’s more than “a left back who played for a relegated Hull City side.”
Dominic Solanke is also a player who has excited Liverpool fans and with Divock Origi on loan at Wolfsburg for the season, we will see a lot more of the young English forward.
Last season, we saw that this side is capable of challenging for the title and it was only when Sadio Mané left for the Africa Cup of Nations that things truly fell apart.