In the summer of 2020, Liverpool secured the services of Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota to round-off an incredibly successful transfer window.
With half of the season complete, there is a sense that all three players still have plenty to offer, having all been blighted by injury for a sustained period of the season. But, that’s no reason to be down on any of them. All three have shown flashes of real quality, after all.
This is very different to three players Liverpool passed on, who each ended up signing from other European rivals.
Chelsea agreed to cash-in and pay Timo Werner’s £45 million [Sky Sports] release clause from RB Leipzig back in June.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool wanted to sign Werner and the striker even exchanged a phone call with Jurgen Klopp.
In truth, it was a move that triggered a sense of envy and jealousy as Frank Lampard seemingly secured one of the bargains of the summer.
However, it has been anything but and the German international has struggled immeasurably since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Werner, 24, looks a shadow of his former self and a player completely bereft of confidence.
And as a result, the former Stuttgart forward has scored just four goals in 19 Premier League matches this season.
Such a miserable reign of form has seen Lampard forced to drop Werner in three of Chelsea’s previous four league matches. He is without a goal in the English top-flight since November – 11 games ago.
Indeed, it’s possible Liverpool would have been the better move and Klopp could have got the best out of him. However, given the immediate impact Jota has made, it seems the Reds made the right call on this one.
Another Chelsea acquisition that Liverpool were previously mooted with an interest in, as per The Mirror. Kai Havertsz joined the Blues from Bayer Leverkusen in an eye-watering deal worth £71 million.
It was the club’s second most expensive signing after Kepa Arrizabalaga joined from Athletic Bilbao (£71.6m) in 2018.
Similarly to the Spanish goalkeeper, Havertz’s struggles have been highly-scrutinised as a result of his gargantuan signing-on fee.
At 21, the Germany international could still very well become a top player in the English top-flight.
However, there is no hiding away from the fact Havertz has failed to make an immediate impact with his new club side.
For one, he has started just 11 of Chelsea’s 19 league matches this season. During that period, he has clocked up just one goal and three assists.
It certainly is a modest return in comparison to last season, where Havertz raked in a stunning 12 goals and six assists in 30 Bundesliga appearences.
For the price-tag alone, it seems Liverpool were wise to avoid to this particular transfer saga.
Another forward option who Liverpool reportedly obtained an interest in was 21-year-old Jonathan David.
The 12-time Canadian international is a player we rate very highly, too. He certainly has the potential to become a top player and reach the pinnacle of European football.
Again, similarly to Werner the reason for David’s inclusion on this list has been the result of the magnificent Jota.
The Lille forward, who joined the French outfit for a club-record £27 million [Goal] fee last summer, was identified as another attacking alternative before the Reds decided upon signing Jota.
The Athletic reported back in September that David was included on a list of potential attacking candidates that also featured Ismaila Sarr of Watford.
As a result, David instead was signed by Lille, who are currently gridlocked in an enthralling title race with Mauricio Pochettino and Paris Saint Germain.
David’s impact on Lille’s stunning reign of form hasn’t been as influential as the Ligue table would suggest. He has just three goals and two assists in 20 league appearances, after all.
Still, David certainly has the scope to become a top player and were it not for Jota, he could have become a Liverpool player.
He is one to watch for the future, for sure, but having landed Jota instead, it seems once again, Liverpool’s transfer committee made another shrewd financial masterstroke.