The window has slammed shut and teams did their business, but did Liverpool do enough this window to challenge for the title?
Liverpool started the window strong; bringing in Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig for £36 million early in the window. This showed intent and preparation in case they struggled with defensive injuries again. This was a smart buy – 22 years of age, bags of potential as well as current ability, too. He is a commanding presence at the back, standing as a six-foot four colossus at the back. He progresses the ball well and oozes composure, just like his teammate Virgil van Dijk.
Konaté was a very intelligent buy but he doesn’t come without his flaws. To put things short, he has had a fair share of injuries even at the young age of 22. He’s already missed 45 games for Leipzig through injury; he was only there for four years.
Ovcrall, Konaté was a great buy and a large improvement on Dejan Lovren, who left in 2020 and was missed severely by Liverpool last season, this was a very, very astute buy.
In spite of this, Liverpool had no more incomings this transfer window. The signing of Ibrahima Konaté showed so much promise for an enjoyable window but it was not meant to be. Liverpool focused on outgoings and new contracts.
Liverpool sold Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson, Taiwo Awoniyi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Grujic on permanent deals for a combined total of roughly £40 million. Ben Davies, Rhys Williams, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn all left on loan. Barring Wijnaldum, Liverpool cleared out a lot of deadwood. This was a big positive in Liverpool’s window.
The issue is, they didn’t replace this deadwood and are now left with a thin squad, especially in the attacking department. Harvey Elliott is now being used as both a Wijnaldum replacement and a Shaqiri replacement. Is this enough for title contenders?
As I mentioned earlier, Liverpool focused on new contracts. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Harvey Elliott, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams all signed long-term deals at the club this summer.
It’s great that the club can keep their stars, but it doesn’t help the fact that they haven’t signed anyone; either ready-made stars or future stars. Liverpool are in such a brilliant position to strengthen and still haven’t capitalised on it.
Taking all of this into consideration, and taking other Premier League clubs’ business, I cannot rate this window for Liverpool higher than a three out of ten. That is, ultimately, the unfortunate truth.