Assessing Liverpool's summer transfer window - positive or still weak in areas?

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There was plenty of transfer activity at Anfield this summer.

It was another busy summer of transfer activity at Anfield, with many of their incomings done early on in the window, and seemed to represent a change in recruitment strategy from the Liverpool hierachy. After a poor 2014/15 campaign, the club's officials made the bold move, it seems, of putting their trust in Brendan Rodgers. This Liverpool squad certainly has more of his stamp on it.

With Steven Gerrard's departure on the cards for much of last season, and Glen Johnson also departing the club on a free transfer, there were two voids that needed filling. James Milner was brought in on a free transfer to provide some pedigree, energy and experience, while Nathaniel Clyne is widely regarded as an upgrade on the departed Johnson. Fellow defender Joe Gomez has been a surprise starter, and many would suggest he is a very good prospect. 

The jury is still out on Adam Bogdan, partly because he hasn't been used yet, but the goalkeeper has come in as a replacement for Brad Jones. 

Then there are the two biggest signings of the summer, who have work to do but have shown glimpses that they can contribute to the side. Christian Benteke is the man charged with taking much of the goalscoring burden, and has already got off the mark, albeit in fortunate circumstances, while Roberto Firmino has shown some decent touches but has yet to get himself up to speed.

Danny Ings is a player we haven't seen much of so far, but is an addition that suggests Rodgers made overhauling his attacking options one of his top priorities.

Managing to sell Fabio Borini to Sunderland in the window must represent a triumph after he refused to leave the previous summer, while managing to get Mario Balotelli a loan deal back to Milan will probably please many, given the stories that emerged regarding his influence in the dressing room. Not being able to move Jose Enrique on, however, will be a disappointment. 

Plenty of youngsters seemed to get a loan move in order to get more first team experience, but one that will seem a little baffling is the departure of Tiago Ilori on loan to Aston Villa. The 22-year-old hasn't kicked a ball for the Reds first team since his arrival, and Villa have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. It indicates that an odd transfer strategy, which was partly undertaken by the infamous committee, is surely now at an end. Lazar Markovic getting a loan move to Fenerbahce also raised a few eyebrows after his £20 million move from Benfica last summer.

The big sale, of course, was losing one of their best talents in Raheem Sterling, even if it was for a sizeable fee. Only time will tell whether the Reds have been shrewd in their business in selling the player to Manchester City, or foolish.

Is there anything missing? Maybe at left-back, which has been a position that has dogged them for years. The lack of a powerful central midfielder is evident, particularly with a couple of players still finding their role within the side - notably Emre Can - and someone that could have had an effect on both the defence and attack in the middle of the park would have been a welcome addition.

In the main, their window seems to have been a positive one, but there are always one or two areas that can be improved upon.

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