Liverpool have become one of the most effective recruiters in the game in recent years. The Reds have been acting swiftly in the transfer market, securing top talents at bargain prices, often doing their due diligence behind the scenes to wrap up deals without much media fanfare. The club this week adopted a slightly different approach, the very public Liverpool hunt for a left back was a masterstroke and will serve as a warning shot to other sides.
Liverpool signing Tsimikas
The Greek full back will arrive for a reported fee of £11.75m with a medical expected to take place early next week.
The move is designed to bring in cover for Andy Robertson next season with the Scotsman currently having no natural deputy.
Public left back hunt
It was no secret that the Reds were looking to invest in cover for Robbo this summer, it is an area in glaring need of reinforcements.
The last week saw the Liverpool hunt for a left back go very public. Various outlets reported that the club was interested in signing Jamal Lewis, soon after reporting that the club had made a £10m offer for the defender.
We can infer that these journalists were briefed by the club as the Reds tend to keep their cards pretty close to their chest unless they are certain of something. Remember how out of the blue the Fabinho deal was?
Reports soon followed that the Lewis bid was rejected and a day later journos were reporting that Kostas Tsimikas was due for a medical.
This week we saw Liverpool use the media to their advantage, the club’s public hunt for a left back was nothing short of a masterstroke by Michael Edwards and co.
Signing a deputy for Robbo was a priority for the club but there is sure to be further deals later in the window. What Liverpool did with their left back hunt was fire a warning shot.
The club made sure everybody knew they made a bid for Jamal Lewis and that when it was rejected they were swiftly on to the next target, they weren’t going to be held to ransom, they weren’t going to hang around haggling all summer.
Whilst Manchester United continue into the millionth week of their Jadon Sancho negotiations with Borussia Dortmund, the Reds are making sure everybody knows they won’t hang around.
This tactic will help Edwards negotiate future deals, clubs in need of the money will be aware that they can’t scare Liverpool off by dilly dallying trying to get a better price.