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Grading Liverpool's transfer window

Read Sport logo Read Sport 10/08/2018 Ste Hoare
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The transfer window has now closed, which means Liverpool will not be signing any new players until January at the earliest, although there is still a chance of players being sold or loaned abroad.

With that being the case, we’ve taken a close look at the Reds’ business and given them a grade.


Naby Keita’s arrival was 12 months in the making as Liverpool arranged that deal last summer. It’s clear to see why Jurgen Klopp wanted him; he seems like the ideal midfielder for the manager’s system.

Whilst the arrival of Keita was expected, the same cannot be said for Fabinho. There were very few links to the Brazilian in the build-up to his signing and the announcement went some way to easing the pain of the Champions League final loss.

Xherdan Shaqiri was next through the door and that signing was a bit of a no-brainer. His cheap release clause means it was a pretty no-risk signing and if pre-season is anything to go by, he’s going to be a very useful addition.

Finally, we have Alisson. Liverpool have issues in terms of their goalkeeper ever since Pepe Reina’s form dipped and whilst attempts were made to address the problems, Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius were unable to ease the fears of the fans. So, Liverpool went out and paid a record transfer fee for one of the best goalkeepers on the planet. Hopefully, the Brazilian can put to bed any worries about the position for a long time.


Losing Emre Can was a blow, but it was to be expected as the German refused to sign a new contract. He might not have been the finished article but he was still a good player who added a lot to the Reds. Other than that, the only other outgoings of note were the likes of Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn going on loan to aid their development. The fact that the Reds were able to keep hold of star players like Mohamed Salah with relative ease is a huge positive.

What more could have been done?

Obviously, the Reds wanted to sign Nabil Fekir but it seems like the issues they found during his medical put that transfer to bed. It’s a shame as he would have added a lot to Liverpool’s attack and without him, the squad does look one forward player short. I still would have liked a new central defender to come in as Joe Gomez and Joel Matip’s constant injury worries are a concern, whilst it can be argued that all of the club’s centre-backs, Virgil van Dijk aside, are at a level below where supporters would like them to be.

Final Grade: A-

The signings made will bring genuine quality and give Liverpool strength in depth, especially in terms of keeping goals out. It would have been nice to add one more genuine attacking superstar, but it looked like all eggs were in the Fekir basket.


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