Liverpool supporters spent transfer deadline day doing many things. Although, none were sat glued to their televisions hoping for a new face to come through the door at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp had made Liverpool’s position on transfers perfectly clear in advance. There would be no new signings.
Liverpool brought in £110m by selling Philippe Coutinho, with £32m more coming by the way of very realistic add-ons. Yet, they declined to sign any first team players other than Virgil van Dijk, whose signature was finalised before the window even opened. Klopp’s reluctance to spend money has been suggested to be down to a lack of quality players being available. Yet other clubs were able to bring in fresh recruits.
Here we look at three transfers Liverpool should have and could have hijacked.
Three Transfers Liverpool Should Have Hijacked
Olivier Giroud – Arsenal to Chelsea – £15 million
The recent loss to Swansea demonstrated that Liverpool still have problems breaking down low-block sides. Liverpool lack a ‘Plan B’, a player who is able to offer a different attacking quality to the high pressing Roberto Firmino. With Daniel Sturridge departing, reinforcements in this area are key. This is clearly highlighted when noted that Liverpool’s two backup forwards haven’t scored a Premier League goal in over two years.
Giroud at Arsenal has shown himself to be the perfect ‘Plan B’. He is powerful in the air but is far more than just a target man. His game is multifaceted. He would provide experience, the ability to bully centre-backs and can hold up the ball. He would offer Liverpool something none of the existing forwards can. Dominic Solanke has at times shown flashes of being this type of player. However, at 20-years-old, he is not ready to be the physical presence Liverpool need him to be.
Giroud would not be a long-term solution, just as he won’t be for Chelsea. At 31, he cannot play every game. Yet, Liverpool wouldn’t want him to. He would offer a different option. At £15m this would have been very clever business.
Ross Barkey – Everton to Chelsea – £15 million
Barkley is the second new Chelsea Player Liverpool should have tried to steal. Taking a player from local rivals isn’t easy, yet moves from Everton to Liverpool have happened in the past. With the loss of Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool have lost a player who can regularly contribute goals from midfield. Barkley could have been the answer for replacing those goals.
Barkley is a powerful midfielder. He has the ability to pick up the ball and drive with it at defences. He has, when at his peak, shown himself to be able to press and would bring physicality to the role. A physical presence attacking from midfield is something Liverpool has taken advantage of for many years. Steven Gerrard in the recent past performed this role for the Reds at a world-class level. In Liverpool’s last game against Huddersfield, Emre Can showed the benefit of an imposing attacking midfielder. Barkley could have offered this.
Barkley is far from the finished article. He has not reached the potential he clearly has. Yet, he has the ability to be a great player. Liverpool supporters have already seen this season what Klopp has been able to do with another young English player struggling to reach his potential in Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. Klopp could have done the same with Barkley. With Philippe Coutinho gone and Adam Lallana’s injuries becoming more frequent, bringing in a midfielder is needed. At £15m Barkley is a cheap, local lad, who would have made a very sensible acquisition.
Lucas Moura – PSG to Tottenham – £25 million
With Coutinho gone, Liverpool are left with only two wide players in Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah. Oxlade-Chamberlain has now become the wide replacement for the side. Yet he has excelled for Liverpool in midfield and is best used in that role. Bringing in further depth for the wide forward positions would have made a lot of sense. With Lucas Moura moving from PSG to Tottenham, there was a viable option.
Moura seems to have been around forever, yet he is still only 25. Moura was seen as the next great Brazilian winger but never lived up to the potential he demonstrated in Brazil. He would be an almost like for like replacement for Sadio Mane. Blessed with tremendous speed, he dribbles past players at will. He has a fierce shot, yet his goal record of one in five could be better. Moura would only add to and increase the speed of the Liverpool counter-attack.
At £25m, Moura would have been a great piece of transfer business. His additional depth for the wide positions would allow Liverpool to have rotated the front three. The Brazilian not having played a Champions League game for PSG would have also been available for the upcoming game against Porto.
Liverpool haven’t panic bought this window. This is an improvement from previous windows that saw Fernando Torres replaced by Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez by Mario Balotelli. However, for the total of £55m, there was the potential for Liverpool to strengthen the squad and tighten their grip on the top four. Liverpool fans will hope that Klopp has made the right decision deciding to wait to spend the money in the summer.