Rousing the Kop’s analysis of Liverpool’s transfer window

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Melwood.
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A few of Rousing the Kop’s trusty columnists took the opportunity to analyse Liverpool’s summer transfer window.

Many supporters have expressed feelings of anger towards the club, Jürgen Klopp, sporting director Michael Edwards and the owners on the whole but it must be said that the window was not quite so bad as many make it out to be.

Any transfer window that sees squad depth increased and a world class talent like Mohamed Salah sign is hardly terrible business.

Let’s see what our writers thought, however.

What did Martin King make of Liverpool’s business?

Transfer window rating: 6

It can be very easy to be swayed by fans’ expectation on this one, as signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk was viewed as Liverpool’s most vital piece of business, making the club’s eventual four acquisitions seem rather unsatisfactory.

I’ve rated the Reds’ overall transfer window at six, not to support the above perspective, but to take into account my opinion that Jürgen Klopp’s summer signings were a mixture of decent and amazing.

For example, left-back Andy Robertson – though underwhelming at first – was a decent enough buy considering he was the solution to a problem position for Liverpool while breaking the bank to sign Mohamed Salah from Roma has easily provided the squad with an amazing addition of pace, creativity and goals.

Klopp’s window fails to earn a higher rating from me because, though struggling to get a deal for van Dijk over the line was understandable, refusing to consider alternatives for the sake of his side just doesn’t fly with me.

Best signing: Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian flyer has been named as Liverpool’s Player of the Month for August and it’s only been his first month in competitive action for Liverpool, which more than justifies that Mohamed Salah is Klopp’s best signing.

Arriving from Roma for a club record fee of £36.9 million, everyone already knew of the pace and skill the Egyptian would bring to the table, however, the biggest challenge placed in front of him was – rather cynically – a tough stint at Chelsea.

He’s clearly overcome those media-imposed demons of the past and looks set for a fruitful future at his new club.

Who else should Liverpool have added?

Obviously, the first name that comes to mind with this question is that of van Dijk, however, having struggled to get him, I think it should be said that an alternative to the Dutch defender – such as a personal favourite of mine in Kostas Manolas – should have been pursued.

Also, for further squad depth, I think the last minute move for France winger Thomas Lemar would’ve been useful had it ended in success. The 21-year-old would’ve been another brilliant attacking addition sure to shake things up a bit in the Reds’ dressing room.

What does Alex Rogers make of the Reds’ summer?

Transfer window rating: 5

For me, like most other frustrated Liverpool fans, it’s hard not to be disappointed by this year’s transfer window.

The possibilities were endless and the promise of a £200 million transfer window was mouth watering. But what we ended up with, even though the players themselves are pretty good, aren’t the world beaters we were promised with maybe only Salah being the exception.

Best signing: Mohamed Salah

With that being said, it’s without a doubt that our best signing of the window was definitely Salah. Despite only being a Liverpool player for such a short time he’s already a fan favourite and seems an absolute bargain in today’s market despite being a club record signing. We love us a bit of Mo Salah down the wing.

Who else should Liverpool have added?

However, it’s fair to say without a single doubt that the one that got away was Virgil van Dijk. The pain of being SO CLOSE yet so far to signing him breaks my heart in two. The fact that we were so so close to getting this signing done before the somewhat bitter Southampton called us out on tapping up the beautiful Dutch bastard, which, excuse my language, is kinda bullshit.

We were one VVD away from turning a disappointing window into a great one. The thought of a centre back partnership of van Dijk and Matip makes me feel things.

Also, the lack of spending that we were promised just puts into perspective where we come short as a club. We ARE a big club and although you don’t have to spend big to compete, the nature of today’s market makes it almost essential to spend big money if you want to perform well domestically and in Europe.

The biggest issue was the lack of signings in our biggest area of weakness. Our defence. Because of this, it’s hard to rate our window anything more than a 6. So my final rating overall would have to be a 5. Not awful but definitely could’ve been much better.

What are Damon Savenelli’s thoughts on the matter?

Transfer window rating: 5

When the club went into this window, our biggest priority was to sign a centre back which we obviously did not accomplish. We have arguably the worst defence in the top six and a top centre back can take us from top four contenders to title challengers.

Best signing: Mohamed Salah

I gave this window a 5/10 because while we did not accomplish our main objective, we still made some very decent signings. Mo Salah obviously looks brilliant, adding some firepower to our already rampant attack. For just about £36.9 million he was also a bargain in my opinion.

The club also did a good job of strengthening our squad depth. Andrew Robertson looks to be a steal. The Scotsman has already shown some impressive attacking ability and will look to rival Alberto Moreno for the starting spot.

We signed yet another ‘Chelsea reject’ with the addition of Dominic Solanke. The youngster looks to be a future star and having already adapted to Klopp’s high pace style, the forward looks to be off to a good start.

Another very exciting signing was obviously Naby Keïta. After months of speculation, we finally got our man. Although he will not be arriving until July of next year, he is a brilliant signing. For just £51 million, that is insanely low for a player of his quality, especially in today’s market. If Philippe Coutinho does eventually end up leaving, Keita will be his perfect replacement.

Who else should Liverpool have added?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was our final signing of the window. The Englishman will add some much-needed depth to our wings and midfield. Fast and powerful, the Ox will suite Klopp’s style perfectly as long as he can stay fit. Has our squad improved? I would say so. Hopefully, the centre back issue is addressed in January because, at this point in time, we are one Jöel Matip injury away from a catastrophe.


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