Liverpool can be very happy with their summer transfer window business.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wasted no time spending the cash generated from the sale of Luis Suarez and the club’s imminent involvement in the Champions League.
It was always going to be a tough task for the Reds to improve their side dramatically ahead of a season with more matches requiring more players to cover eventual injuries and suspensions.
We’ve assessed Liverpool’s summer transfer business and given the club a grade.
What was needed?
More squad depth.
One of the reasons attributed to Liverpool’s success in the league last season is the fact they had fewer matches to play.
The Champions League this season reduces the resting time between games and Rodgers added well to compensate with early deals for Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.
Liverpool were helped by the cash generated through selling Suarez to Barcelona, which allowed Rodgers to do further deals for Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Javi Manquillo and Divock Origi.
Origi’s arrival also proved that Rodgers has an eye on the future as much as he does on the now.
Those additions were backed up with a superb value for money swoop when Mario Balotelli joined the club for a fee of around £16 million.
What didn’t Brendan Rodgers address?
There isn’t a lot he didn’t see to. The arrival of Emre Can gave the Reds a textbook holding player and the club also released players deemed surplus to requirements. There are options in every position all over the squad.
What are the strengths?
The same as last season; the attack.
There is real pace all over Liverpool’s midfield and frontline. There is experience in the middle of the team and a good blend of players in the back four.
What are the weaknesses?
Balotelli’s attitude could be considered one as several will still be harbouring thoughts that his behaviour could land him in hot water.
However, that as a weakness is really clutching at straws because every position is covered and there are quality options ready to come into the team when injuries and suspensions accumulate.