Liverpool avoid making a Premier League registration sacrifice with their deadline-day transfers. It’s fantastic business, all things considered.
Liverpool will, by all accounts, complete two transfers later this evening. Both Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak will arrive to bolster their struggling defence.
What Liverpool need are defenders with some experience there, after all. Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez were their only senior options there heading into the season – all three are injured long-term.
Fabinho has covered the role, of course, but he’s not a natural. He’s also injured, although should be back soon.
But even with Fabinho there, he’s often had to play the senior role. Sometimes he’s played alongside Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips, even Jordan Henderson.
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That’s far from ideal, given he’s still learning the position himself. Liverpool need better options, then – players who know the role and have experience there.
Davies and Kabak offer that and in doing so, they help avoid a very difficult sacrifice.
This is actually a problem they had at the end of the last transfer window – you’re only allowed 25 senior players. You need a certain number of home-grown players, too, and Liverpool meet those limits.
They had to lose Marko Grujic for the season as a result.
Liverpool did take out Virgil van Dijk and currently have 24 players registered. But if they want the Dutchman back before the end of the season, they’ll have to put him back in tomorrow.
That’s 25. So how do Liverpool sign anyone?
Well, Davies and Kabak make it work. Davies can replace a homegrown player and keep the minimum numbers up – likely Joe Hendry, per the Liverpool Echo.
Kabak is the perfect piece, here. He’s still only 20 and players under 21 don’t need to be registered in the squad.
The two deals mean Liverpool can put Van Dijk back in their squad and include both new players without having to sacrifice any first-team players.
That is genius, in our minds. Liverpool fix their defensive situation in a dream way – and deserve all the praise in the world for that.