The transfer window has ‘slammed’ shut – but in reality – Liverpool’s summer in the market in terms of additions was done with over a month ago.
Christian Benteke signed on July 22, and we’ve been focussed on shipping out the deadwood since.
But what do our eight signings, nine departures and countless sanctioned loan deals suggest about the club’s policies and plans going forward?
Here’s five ideas.
Dejan Lovren’s getting another chance…
The club have given up on Mario Balotelli, sending him back to Italy while even paying some of his wages, and no longer think Lazar Markovic can contribute yet either, loaning the £20m Serb to Turkey.
But fellow £20m signing Dejan Lovren is getting another chance.
The club ignored the chance to sign a new centre-back all summer despite the Croat’s shocking debut campaign, and Brendan Rodgers started him during the first four games of the season, leaving France international and the defender backed far more heavily by supporters Mamadou Sakho, on the bench.
Lovren’s error versus West Ham shows he’s by no means entirely sorted out his defensive problems – and the decision to stick with him will be a defining one if he continues to mess up.