Liverpool somehow pulled off a late risk-free scenario in the January transfer window. That’s despite leaving it to the death.
Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak are Liverpool players – what a whirlwind day that was.
Liverpool waited until the last few hours of the January transfer window to do business but managed to do it in the best way possible. This could have gone very wrong, after all.
We were certain they’d have to make some sort of sacrifice. Either overpaying dramatically to get one over the line or giving up on their summer plans.
But then, the former does mean the latter, too. Spending the money in January would take from the summer funds, not to mention that signing a young defender would take up the spot reserved for someone esle.
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And with their main targets almost certainly not available in the final two days of a transfer window, we felt they’d have to sacrifice.
We wrote about it here, in fact. Liverpool could sign a bright young talent for a large fee, ruling out summer plans. Or you pick up someone for nothing who likely isn’t good enough to help out.
The latter risks dropping out of the top four, however, if they don’t fix the problems.
Yet, somehow, Liverpool got their best-case scenario in the January transfer window.
Davies arrives on the cheap as he had an expiring contract, meaning his value instantly goes up. He’s now a bigger name, with a longer deal.
As for Kabak, he’s only on loan. Liverpool only need to sign him permanently if they want to – there’s no obligation.
It all means that Liverpool have neither spent their transfer funds, nor have they definitely filled up their squad spots. That’s quite remarkable.
Perhaps Kabak and Davies shine over the next few months and change the summer plans. Then Liverpool keep both.
But if not, they can quickly move on to their original plans, having not hurt them in the slightest.