1 signing, 6 sales: Grading Liverpool's 2021/22 transfer window


1 signing, 6 sales: Grading Liverpool's 2021/22 transfer window

Liverpool’s 2021/22 transfer window was a controversial one. We have a go at grading the Reds’ business.


Well, this is easy. Liverpool signed Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for his £36m release clause. And that’s it.

Liverpool didn’t sign anyone else, so there’s only one deal to grade here. And if we’re just looking at how good the incomings were, you’d have to say this is a B+.

Konate is a fantastic young player with huge potential. He comes in as a match-ready option at centre-back but who secures the Reds’ long-term future in the position.

Getting that for £36m could really prove to be a bargain down the line. We’ll back Liverpool to get the best out of him.

So overall, B+. Liverpool didn’t do much at all but the one thing they did do was good.


Quite a few here. Liverpool sold Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Taiwo Awoniyi, Kamil Grabara, and Liam Millar for various fees.

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Wilson was the most expensive, costing Fulham £12m. Millar went for the other end of the scale – £1.3m to FC Basel.

We can split these into two groups. Well, a group of five and one.

The one is fairly obvious – Shaqiri. He’s the only one of the group who actually held a place in Liverpool’s first-team squad. The Reds moved him on for £9.5m to Lyon, which is a halfway decent fee.

The others are effectively ‘bonus’ money. Liverpool didn’t utilise a single one of them – in fact, they were all out on loan last season. Getting any money for them is simply good business.

But there’s one other that wasn’t a sale – Gini Wijnaldum. He departed Liverpool for nothing, joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

And we think that was a mistake. Wijnaldum played a key role last season as the most reliable midfielder at Liverpool. He’s a real loss and the club should have done more to keep him.

Wijnaldum is a defeat but the other sales are pretty solid and hard to complain about.

So all in all, we’ll call this a C+.

Liverpool’s 2021/22 transfer window

So here’s the big problem. The business Liverpool did was pretty decent – they just didn’t do enough of it.

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Liverpool lost Wijnaldum and simply didn’t replace him. They also didn’t boost their attack, despite Shaqiri leaving, and didn’t sell certain players who aren’t contributing much.

And it’s hard to know why. Liverpool made a profit in this window and were one of the very few Premier League clubs to do so. Surely they could afford to offer a little more depth?

Especially when Liverpool could really use it. So yes, Konate is a good signing and the sales made sense but did the squad actually improve? We’re not sure you can say that with certainty.

So for us? We’re going with a D. We imagine most will be far harsher.

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