Matthew Sinton is adamant that Liverpool’s transfer window was not as bad as many people make it out to be.
At 11pm on Thursday evening, the summer transfer window slammed shut and many Liverpool supporters were furious after expecting a huge deadline day spending spree involving Thomas Lemar and Virgil van Dijk.
The disappointment is understandable, but is missing out on these two players really the end of the world?
With Philippe Coutinho staying at the club, I’m not sure the signing of Lemar would have been necessary. It would have been nice, of course, but with central midfield options of Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Chamberlain, Grujic, Milner and Naby Keïta next summer, he would have been a luxury signing.
Liverpool have signed a phenomenal player in Naby Keita. pic.twitter.com/1NnK0iaOxk
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) August 29, 2017
Virgil van Dijk, however, would have been a much more important signing. With the sale of backup defender Lucas Leiva, our options at centre back aren’t particularly strong at the moment.
Dejan Lovren is, in my opinion, the weakest link in our starting 11, and an injury to Jöel Matip would leave a defensive partnership of him and Ragnar Klavan (or perhaps Gomez, which I’d prefer). That doesn’t fill me with confidence at all since both players have their fair share of mistakes in them.
If we can keep Matip fit, though, things don’t look so bad. Joe Gomez had performed well recently at right back, but we know centre back is his preferred position. Over the course of the season, he could force himself in ahead of Lovren in the pecking order.
There was a huge positive to this summer’s window and that was landing one of our main targets Naby Keïta. Okay, he won’t play for us for another year, but we got him for much less than we bid previously so Leipzig essentially paid £20 million+ for a season loan.
Liverpool have agreed to sign Naby Keita for a club record fee and will officially join the club on the 1st of July 2018. pic.twitter.com/iqJatMiR1R
— Rousing The Kop (@RousingTheKop) August 28, 2017
We came out of the situation with both clubs satisfied and can sleep well knowing we have a borderline world class midfielder coming into our team next summer.
So let’s take a look at the window overall…
- A new left back in the place of James Milner, plus Moreno looks to have improved.
- A very talented young striker in Solanke who could become top class.
- Extra depth in multiple positions with Oxlade-Chamberlain.
- A top winger on each side, so the loss of Mané should no longer be a disaster.
- A very, very good midfielder secured for next year, saving us time in next year’s window.
- Our centre back options are still looking very weak.
I’m admittedly disappointed about missing out on van Dijk, but I’d say on the whole that this has been a positive summer transfer window.
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Watch Mo Salah’s ROADRUNNER goal from the Dugout v Arsenal 🔥
🎥 LFCTV pic.twitter.com/zhYVGqzmLc
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) August 31, 2017
We all know that we have no problems in the big games, and the addition of Mohamed Salah should help greatly in breaking down the low-block defences of smaller teams.
A surprising statistic is that we have kept seven clean sheets in our last nine league games. Add to that a world class manager, and I’m still very optimistic about this season.
We have a strong youth team with the likes of Ejaria, Woodburn and Solanke that can play in the early rounds of the cup competitions so we should be able to focus on the Premier League and Champions League.
I think we can go very far in both of those competitions. Let’s hope I can look back on this statement at the end of the season and say I was right.