Liverpool’s four summer signings equate to the acquisition of ‘everything and everybody’ in the eyes of Jose Mourinho.
The Manchester United boss has bemoaned a lack of transfer business at Old Trafford throughout the window and is evidently keen on strengthening his squad further before Thursday’s deadline.
Brazilian international Fred marks Mourinho’s undisputed big-name signing of the summer, with backup goalkeeper Lee Grant and 19-year-old full-back Diogo Dalot the other two names to arrive.
Jurgen Klopp has meanwhile welcomed Naby Keita 12 months after the agreement of his deal in principle, as well as Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson.
In doing so, the Reds have necessarily parted with £170million as a means of replacing Emre Can, compensating for the loss of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury and addressing Loris Karius’ turbulent spell between the sticks.
Discussing his imperfect transfer window, Mourinho told the Manchester Evening News: “My CEO knows what I want and I still have a few days to wait and see what happens.”
“The other clubs who compete with us are really strong and already have fantastic teams.”
“Or they are investing massively like Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.”
Liverpool’s spending has taken their net spend since summer 2016 to £114million, which is somewhat dwarfed by Manchester United’s £307million in comparison.
Varying windows partially come down to differing squad needs at the time, with United having invested heavily in their spine last summer with the addition of Romelu Lukaku, Nemenja Matic and Victor Lindelof.
Mourinho could yet add another centre-back to his ranks this week having been strongly linked with Leicester City star Harry Maguire, Barcelona’s Yerry Mina and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.