Liverpool have recruited ten players but have done so without spending an exorbitant amount of money on any one player. So how has Brendan Rodgers done in this transfer window? Has this tactic been fruitful? Let’s discuss.
Up front Brendan Rodgers has aimed to replace some of the talent of Luis Suarez by bringing in Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert to add to the key figure in their attack, Daniel Sturridge.
Midfield however is where Rodgers has secured a multitude of new recruitments, with Emre Can coming from Bayer Leverkusen, Adam Lallana from Southampton and Lazar Markovic from Benfica. These signings signal that Brendan Rodgers is very much aware that his central midfield stalwart, Steven Gerrard, cannot stay forever and is looking to the future with young prospects like Lallana.
Defensively the Reds’ boss has strengthened with the signings of players such as Dejan Lovren from Southampton, Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid, Alberto Moreno from Sevilla and Kevin Stewart from Tottenham. These signings have already had an effect with Liverpool securing a clean sheet last weekend, as well as Moreno popping up to secure a win for the Reds with a brilliant finish.
Stewart was released by Tottenham in the summer and it is unclear what type of role the 20-year-old will play at Anfield.
Liverpool also signed Belgian youngster Divock Origi from Lille, but the 19-year-old has been sent back to Lille for a season.
Liverpool have had one major player leave the club this window and we are all aware of the much publicised transfer of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. Despite the Uruguayan’s departure, Liverpool have limited the amount of exits from the club. Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich stands out as the only other significant loss for the Reds.
The only other departures worth writing about are loan moves for Divock Origi back to Lille, Luis Alberto to Malaga and Iago Aspas to Sevilla. Following this Martin Kelly has been loaned to Crystal Palace and Jack Robinson to QPR.
Liverpool have done well to hold onto the majority of their squad. The players that are still at the club must now emancipate themselves from the negativity surrounding the sale of their key player by showing they’re capable of having another outstanding season in the Premier League, as well as dealing with the added pressures of the Champions League.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.
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