Liverpool have a busy deadline day. The Reds got some late business wrapped up as the window edged to a close. The two headline arrivals were centre backs, one from the Championship and another from the Bundesliga. Another move went under the radar. Liverpool signing Liam Hughes could mean Marcelo Pitaluga is closer to the first team.
Liverpool January transfer business
The Reds have lost all of their senior centre backs to injury until the end of the season.
This catastrophic run of fitness issues left the club with no choice but to invest in the winter window.
Liverpool brought Ozan Kabak in on loan from Schalke, the Reds have the option to sign the Turkish defender permanently for £18m in the summer.
A move which went under the radar was the signing of Liam Hughes, the 19-year-old goalkeeper arrived from Celtic.
Nobody saw Liverpool signing Liam Hughes coming.
The 19-year-old stands at 6ft 3in tall and impressed in Ireland before joining the Scottish champions.
Despite impressing in the reserves Hughes failed to make a senior appearance for the Hoops.
Liam Hughes and Marcelo Pitaluga
The signing of the Celtic keeper is a real mystery.
Liam Hughes joining the academy could push Marcelo Pitaluga closer to the first team.
The Brazilian has now been installed as the go to U23s keeper and by all accounts he’s impressed coaches.
Given the performances of Caoimhin Kelleher as the first team’s number two we could well see Pitaluga take up the number three spot for the senior side.
The Brazilian is seen as Alisson Becker’s heir after all, Hughes’ arrival could allow him greater freedom between the squads.