Liverpool have proven to be one of the shrewdest operators in the transfer market recently. The Reds have shown that they have a knack for identifying cut price talents of late and that is reflected in the club’s net spend. Now more than ever, it is important that Liverpool keep their transfer targets a closely guarded secret.
Michael Edwards has proved key to the club’s successful transfer dealings. The Anfield sporting director has shown that he is a keen negotiator. Under his stewardship, Liverpool have been getting a lot of bang for their buck, with The Telegraph reported that we underpaid for Fabinho by a whopping £22m.
Our scouting team have also played an important role. We have identified talents that have been overlooked by other sides, as well as players that other clubs didn’t feel were worth the risk. At the time signing Gini Wijnaldum from Newcastle for £25m seemed a risky move – three years later he is shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or.
Our scouting team and Michael Edwards have been so successful because we have conducted our business efficiently and quietly, with the Virgil van Dijk transfer one of few aberrations.
By securing our talents with little fuss, we have avoided being dragged into a bidding war. In recent weeks we have seen the Reds linked with various players, only to see our rivals join the chase soon after – Sander Berge is the latest example.
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Liverpool have proven to be successful in the transfer market of late. Other teams must be waking up to this. We are identifying diamonds in the rough. When other sides see that we are chasing a lesser known player, they may take a closer look. By keeping our targets a secret, we can keep other sides from driving the price up.
We have refused to overpay in recent windows, if other sides catch wind of our top targets, we may miss out on players as we refuse to go above our own valuation.