Liverpool may have altered their transfer approach: Are they a little shrewder?

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The transfer rumours seem to be a little less blockbuster.

Liverpool fans before the game

With three new faces in, one of them signed last January, one of them agreed during the second half of the season and the other signed less than two weeks after their final game of the season had played, it appears Liverpool have been eager to get their business done pretty early...and be shrewd with the money they are spending. 

Within all that, less than £10 million has been spent in transfer fees to land Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Loris Karius, which is more like the approach the club's owners Fenway Sports Group will have wanted to adopt in the past.

 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp during training

Then the bigger money links. One of them just seems daft and Porto's Yacine Brahimi for £45 million, something one doubts the club would ever pay, but the bigger money links that are repeatedly bandied around seem to no higher than £25 million. In fact, only two of them come close to around the £20 million mark, and it seems to be a case of one or the other for Mario Gotze and Sadio Mane. 

Over the past two summers, Liverpool's spending has topped the £100 million mark. Last summer saw fees of £32.5 million and £29 million spent on Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino respectively. The summer before saw a series of buys upwards of £20 million in Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. 

The signing of Andy Carroll back in January in 2011 is one of their more well-documented flops as the Reds had money burning in their pocket following the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea and decided to part with £35 million of it. 

That is not to say there will not be more of that in the future, but it seems the bulk of Liverpool's business is now more focused towards value for money as well as getting the kind of players in that Klopp would like. All three of the incoming players thus far potentially address much of the spine of the team.

Looking around many of the transfer rumours, the fees do not seem eye watering bar the odd rumour which does not seem to be entertained by many other sources. Maybe, just maybe, money is being a little more wisely spent at Anfield, right now. 

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