20 July 2024

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Liverpool has ended the summer transfer window by making four signings worth $184m for Jürgen Klopp. So how should the Reds’ window be assessed now it’s over

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The summer transfer window for 2023 is over. No more deals can be done; for Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League sides, the time for making signings has come and gone — at least until January.


In Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endō and Ryan Gravenberch — signed for a combined $184m (£146m/€171m) — Liverpool has brought in a crop of exceptional midfield talent.


Endō is a shorter-term bet, of course, and few would even have heard of the Japan captain when he arrived, but he will be, at the very least, a substantial upgrade on last summer’s stop-gap, Arthur Melo. He has already played more than 6.6 times as many minutes as the Brazilian in a Liverpool shirt.


There is absolutely no doubt that Liverpool has significantly upgraded its options in the center of the pitch, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson just a couple of those to be moved on. Mac Allister and Szoboszlai, at the very least, appear nailed on to be major successes for seasons to come.


As good as the transfers for the middle of the field have been, however, there is a big gap that has not been filled. Liverpool has essentially gambled on the fitness of Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté, Joël Matip and Joe Gomez.


At their best, those four are an elite group of defenders, but Konaté is already injured and has a tendency to miss matches. Matip and Gomez’s injury histories are not perfect and neither has been particularly consistent in performance level for a while.


The risk might pay off. They might all stay fit from now on and Liverpool can get by without a signing, but having felt that there was nothing tempting enough on the market at the back, the Reds are clearly taking a gamble that things will work out.


Endō and Stefan Bajčetić can play at center-back if required, but there are not exactly loads of reliable options in the defensive midfield positions, either, which would need to be available if either player was forced to play in the defense.


Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. (Image: Photo by Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images)

The business Liverpool has done appears to be very good; the lack of a defender is less promising.


The next priority is warding off interest in Mohamed Salah from Saudi Arabia. Al Ittihad is willing to spend a world-record fee to sign the Egyptian forward, but Liverpool is adamant the 31-year-old is going nowhere.


It remains to be seen how things will pan out — the transfer deadline for the Saudi Pro League is September 7 — but the interest is not simply going to subside. There will be a figure at which it becomes too much for Liverpool to turn down, but what that sum is (and whether Al Ittihad would be prepared to go that high) remains to be seen.



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On the whole, though, as things stand, Liverpool can be content enough with most of this summer. In a period in which the Reds left themselves a lot to do — complicated further by the unexpected exits of Fabinho and Henderson — there have been some very smart additions.


Jude Bellingham might be playing at Real Madrid but Liverpool’s midfield has been massively upgraded. The attack and goalkeeping departments are at a level that any club in the world would be envious of.


The big question is at the back, but there can be no doubt that the $184m signings that Liverpool has made are highly likely to be looked back on as being shrewd moves. Time will tell as to whether not doing one more player and bringing in another defender was quite so sensible.



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