This summer Liverpool had a typically impressive transfer window. The Reds went out and bought a world class midfielder, an exciting forward and a backup left back. They also trimmed the squad where they needed to in order to keep net spend to a minimum. Liverpool gambled on not signing another centre back, an early injury to Virgil van Dijk may mean this gamble comes back to bite them.
Liverpool transfer window
Michael Edwards did some of his finest wheeling and dealing during this transfer window.
The Reds’ director managed to sign the Champions League winner’s best midfielder for a snip, he also bagged one of Portugal’s brightest young stars.
Mickey also got rid of some deadwood to raise funds, one such departure saw Dejan Lovren join Zenit.
Many believed that Liverpool would buy another centre back to replace Degsy but they held off, appearing to give Fabinho the fourth choice spot.
Liverpool centre back gamble
When Dejan Lovren departed a number of names were thrown out as possible replacements.
Ozan Kabak and Malick Thiaw were mentioned more than a few times as fans and papers guessed at who Liverpool would bring in at centre back.
At one point youth player Billy Koumetio was touted as the potential fourth choice, however, it appears that Fabinho has been given the role as no defender was brought in despite the senior side only having three recognised centre backs.
Virgil van Dijk injury
The Liverpool centre back gamble has nearly immediately come back to bite them.
The Reds would’ve been gambling that Virgil van Dijk, who never gets injured, wouldn’t get injured.
This weekend, he got injured. Jordan Pickford launched himself at the Dutchman in a sickening tackle which saw the defender limp off out of the Merseyside Derby.
At the minute there is no confirmation as to how long the centre back will be out for.
If it is indeed a long spell on the sidelines then this gamble has backfired massively on Liverpool.