Liverpool spent over £120m on new talent this summer, as manager Brendan Rodgers signed Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, whilst Belgian international Divock Origi also joined in a £10m deal before being loaned back to Lille.
The transfer window closed on Monday and Liverpool were inactive then, other than to let winger Oussama Assaidi rejoin Stoke City on loan. Free agents are still able to join the club outside of the window, but they may have to ask the Premier League for special dispensation to sign a free agent.
That hasn't prevented former Reds defender Mark Lawrenson from suggesting that former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes would be an ideal signing. The 32-year-old left the Camp Nou at the end of the season and was set to join Ligue 1 side Monaco, but a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury not only scuppered his move to the Stade Louis II, but also cost him his place in Spain's World Cup squad this summer.
Now returning to full fitness, Valdes is free to join whoever he wants - and Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for him over the last week. Given the shaky displays from Simon Mignolet last season, Lawrenson believes that Valdes would be the perfect addition to the Liverpool squad.
"The Reds are in need of serious competition for current first choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet."Lawrenson said. "It’s the one position where they remain short, particularly with the Champions League just around the corner.
“Interest in Valdes, then, makes perfect sense. Of course, there are question marks over the Spaniard’s fitness after so long on the sidelines with a serious knee injury. Liverpool, though, will feel as though the benefits will outweigh the risks, especially as there is no transfer fee involved with Valdes being a free agent having been released by Barcelona. Mignolet will surely have also taken note.”
With Brad Jones currently the club's only backup to Mignolet after the sale of Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich, signing Valdes to provide competition seems like a great idea - but both have international aspirations and will expect to be first choice, which could lead to some trouble between the two stoppers.