Liverpool have had a blinder of a transfer window. The Reds brought in Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota, strengthening in key areas. Whilst the club didn’t manage to move on all of the players they hoped to, Liverpool deciding to keep Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri sends a strong message.
Michael Edwards spent the window doing Michael Edwards things, namely signing world class players for bargain fees.
The sporting director brought in Kostas Tsimikas for just a little more than the fee he received for Dejan Lovren, a simple move which added depth in a key area.
Then, after months of links, Thiago Alcantara was announced as a Liverpool player – the league was done and dusted from this moment onwards.
Then a day later, to everybody’s surprise, Diogo Jota arrived from Wolves. It was a truly remarkable week.
Liverpool keep £65m trio
Liverpool were thought to be considering letting Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri go this season.
It was widely reported that the club were unwilling to let Grujic and Wilson leave on loan again, instead favouring a permanent move if one were to materialise.
James Pearce confirmed on deadline day that Liverpool wouldn’t be selling any of the three players as they hadn’t received any suitable offers.
Decision sends strong message
Liverpool deciding to keep their £65m trio sends a strong message to the transfer market.
The Reds have made it clear that they won’t be forced into accepting any less than what they deem to be a player’s value.
Michael Edwards has essentially warned any future buying clubs that he is willing to walk away from deals, he won’t be bullied into lowering prices.
In future, clubs will be well aware that the club’s prices are firm, they won’t be trying to waste Mickey’s time. He decided to keep three players who won’t really be used, rather than cashing in. It’s a bold, brave decision and it’s the right one.