Andy Robertson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip… Liverpool know a sensible bargain when they see one.
That is why were shocked to see the Reds miss out on so many this summer.
The team needed additions and there were numerous top players available, but Jurgen Klopp and co. failed to make their moves.
Here are five players that would have been perfect for Liverpool but signed for other sides for bargain fees instead.
Eduardo Camavinga – Rennes to Real Madrid, £27.9m
With Liverpool’s midfield in need of future-proofing, we cannot understand why they didn’t make a move for Eduardo Camavinga this summer.
He has averaged 5.13 tackles and interceptions per 90 in his four professional seasons thus far, which is frankly scary.
Camavinga is a full France international at just 18. It is obvious that he is going to the very top of the game.
Signing a near-guaranteed future megastar for under £30m is an obvious deal to make. He was in the last year of his Rennes contract, which is why Real Madrid were able to snap him up for so cheap.
If Liverpool did not at least make contact over a move, it is very worrying. He would have been absolutely perfect for the Reds.
Donyell Malen – PSV to Borussia Dortmund, £27m
No, we have not heard the end of Donyell Malen. Surely everyone is sick of hearing his name, but here we are.
As boring as it has become, we cannot ignore how perfect Malen would have been for Liverpool.
A young forward that can play out wide or through the middle – he would have been absolutely ideal.
It is clear the club were interested in signing him and there is no doubt that he was a bargain so who knows why it didn’t happen.
It was a huge missed opportunity to secure a goalscorer for the next number of years.
Matheus Cunha – Hertha Berlin to Atletico Madrid – £27m
He is a hard-working No 10 that has also featured up front, meaning he is the exact same profile as Firmino. However, he is probably a better finisher and is eight years younger.
We have no doubt that he would have joined Liverpool had we made a move. After all, he now has to compete with Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix and Angel Correa for the Atleti deep-lying forward role, while Marcos Llorente and Rodrigo de Paul could also play there.
He seemed like the perfect forward for Jurgen Klopp, but it hasn’t happened for whatever reason.
Brian Brobbey – Ajax to RB Leipzig, free
In RTK’s view, Liverpool need to start making some cheap gambles in future. Brian Brobbey is exactly that for Leipzig.
The fact that he is an Ajax youth academy graduate signed by a Red Bull club should be enough evidence to suggest that he is going to be a star.
Tipped to be a top player as a kid, he proved himself when he stepped up to the Ajax first team last season.
He scored three Eredivise goals in 12 games last season, having only started one. He also scored three in six off the bench in the Europa League.
Liverpool could have picked him up on a free and kept him as a future starter or else just sold him for a decent fee.
Teun Koopmeiners – AZ Alkmaar to Atalanta, £10.8m
Atalanta finally snapped up Teun Koopmeiners in the final days of the window after months of links.
As is becoming a bit of a theme in this article, you know that someone is a good player when Atalanta want them.
Koopmeiners captained AZ and is still just 23-years-old. He could have brought the leadership qualities that Liverpool are missing now that Gini Wijnaldum has left, as well as the midfield versatility.
He could become an excellent player, but even if he doesn’t, Atalanta have made a sensible signing considering how cheap he was.
Again, maybe Koopmeiners would have been a failure at Anfield. But the worst that could have happened would have been that he was sold on for a profit next summer.
The fact that FSG turned their noses up at a deal like this is worrying, to say the least.