A report from Sky Sports suggests that Liverpool are ‘prioritising chemistry and continuity’, leading to their quiet transfer window.
The report discusses the importance in team spirit, acknowledging that doesn’t want to upset the balance of the squad.
It’s an interesting belief at Liverpool. They target signings who appear to be the right fit in training, as much as on the Anfield pitch.
As Sky say, “it also adds to the difficulty of finding a second-choice left-back or a back-up forward this summer”. No wonder, then, that Liverpool aren’t making moves in the market.
But is it the right policy? Well, you’ve got to say that Jurgen Klopp and co. have earned the right to be trusted.
Last season’s success was built on an incredible summer, of course. Alisson Becker and Fabinho added exactly what they needed.
But it was also built on patience.
Liverpool waited six months to sign Virgil van Dijk, of course, opting against an alternative in the summer of 2017. That was a decision that not everyone was on board with. A centre-back was needed and yet Klopp signed no one.
It felt like sacrificing six months of the season – potentially all of it.
Liverpool didn’t jump to signing a goalkeeper, either, that summer. It took a year before they did when the ‘right’ one came along in Alisson.
It means that a quiet transfer window is always a possibility. But the patience can pay dividends, as we’ve already seen, and may do so in a year’s time.