The transfer window is shut and Liverpool can be very happy with their business. Here’s how it differs to their title rivals.

Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago and Diogo Jota. About as good a transfer window as Liverpool could have hoped for. And yet, it wasn’t actually as exciting as some of their rivals’. It was, however, better.

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The Reds have strengthened a title-winning side. There’s no replacing here, no swapping – they’ve simply brought in what they didn’t have in an already strong squad.

There was no cover for Andy Robertson, so now there’s Tsimikas. They had a top midfield but lacked a true playmaker, and now they have Thiago. There was no left-winger to properly cover Sadio Mane, but Jota can now do that.

The title winners have a deeper, more versatile squad. There’s no question about that because at the very least, they can go back to what they had last year. And that was a champion squad – all the players are still there and they’re all just as good.

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Their rivals didn’t have that luxury, however.

Buying pegs

Let’s look at Manchester City. They will be bitterly disappointed with last season and they’ve tried to fix things accordingly. Top of the list, clearly, was fixing the centre of their defence.

They’ve signed both Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias for big fees. Effectively, this is them trying to replace Vincent Kompany and in doing so, they’ve let go of Nicolas Otamendi.

So the difference with Liverpool is clear. Whereas the Reds can fall back on last year’s squad, City can’t afford to. They need these new signings to work or they’ll still have the problems that cost them last year. In fact, if neither signing works, they’ll have less than last year as Otamendi is gone.

They’ve bought pegs, really, and hope that one of the two is round enough to fit.

Chelsea have done similar but on a mass scale. They’ve brought in Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy for their first-team. It’s a total overhaul.

That doesn’t usually work, even when the players are good. Just look at Tottenham Hotspur circa-2013 after Gareth Bale left. Very few signings fit together.

And if Chelsea’s don’t immediately mesh, they’ll regress on last season. It’s a big ask that they do mesh, too. That’s a lot of players, all knowing different styles and different tempos.

If they don’t all click together, the Blues will be buying again in a year.

As for Manchester United, you can check out our thoughts here. In short, we don’t see how signing another quality attacking midfielder fixes any of their problems.


None of this is to say that Liverpool’s title rivals should be down on their business. There’s a lot to be excited about and it could all work wonderfully for them.


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But they needed to take these risks as they were all so far behind last year. Take those risks they have and we’ll see how it pans out – but it could all go wrong.

Liverpool, though, have comfort afforded by their wonderful season. They can take time with their arrivals, falling back on a squad that the others dream of catching. And if Tsimikas, Thiago and Jota do improve things, the title isn’t leaving Liverpool next year.

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