Last summer Liverpool did next to no business in the transfer market. The Reds brought in a couple of youth prospects and a pair of backup keepers – this summer may be more of the same according to The Independent. One thing is certain to be different though – but just how will Liverpool be impacted by the new (old) Premier League deadline day?
For the previous two summers, the transfer window slammed shut before match week one.
Today it was announced that shareholders have voted to revert back to the old deadline day in order to bring the league back in step with Europe.
Jürgen Klopp was one of the vocal critics of the change, in September he told the press:
“I don’t care when it closes, but it must close at the same time [as Europe].
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“They spoke about finishing it before the season starts. Good idea, but only England did it. That makes no sense. It was a good idea but it didn’t work out.”
How does this impact Liverpool?
Liverpool should be largely unaffected by the change in the deadline day.
In recent seasons The Reds have conducted their business efficiently and early. Deadline day deals have become a thing of the past for the club.
Having said that – Joe Hardy recently revealed that an earlier transfer to Anfield had fallen through as the wheels were set in motion too late.
This change is more likely benefit smaller clubs such as Aston Villa. With Jack Grealish reportedly wanted by a wide range of sides.
With a transfer struggle in the offing, it would be a disaster for Aston Villa if a team from abroad signed him after the English window closed but before the European window did.
The Villa would be unable to bring in a replacement and would have to wait until January.
With The Reds now in a position where they don’t have to sell their biggest stars to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, this change shouldn’t affect them too much. If anything it will give them more time to secure their top targets.