LIVERPOOL have just over a week left until deadline day and upon the conclusion of that day, the transfer window slams shut and leaves each Premier League manager with the squad they currently have at their disposal until January.
It has been an up and down window for Liverpool and after making such an eye-opening start with four signings confirmed by June 25th, the Reds have been unable to continue in similar fashion and have only managed to add left-back Aly Cissokho to their ranks after missing out on a number of high-class targets.
It is an open secret that Brendan Rodgers is targeting a centre-back to compete with Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel as well as an attacker, with suggestions that the manager is aiming to bring in a left-sided forward to allow Philippe Coutinho a free role in the centre just off the main striker.
As for an attacker, Liverpool have missed out on three high-profile transfer targets so far this summer with Henrikh Mkhitaryan choosing to sign for Borussia Dortmund, Diego Costa using the club to secure himself a lucrative new contract at current club Atletico Madrid and Willian preferring a move to the capital. These have been three significant setbacks for the both the club and the supporters after initial excitement has been met with overwhelming disappointment.
Rodgers insists that the club will do everything in their power to secure one or two more signings before September 3rd but the question is – who is left on the market? With an obvious reluctance to overspend, the club would admit that there are few names out there that would both improve the current crop of players and be available at the right price.
Names such as Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Diego Capel and Arda Turan have been linked with Liverpool, and some not for the first time. Whether or not Liverpool will be able to tie any of these players down to a contract remains to be seen but, with the fans reeling from another missed target in Willian, a ‘marquee’ signing is one that will lift the spirits of the fan base and squad.
As for centre-back, Rodgers seems reluctant to take the gamble on number one defensive target Kyriakos Papadopoulos after it emerged that the Greek’s knees are showing no sign of improvement. The name Tiago Ilori has appeared on numerous occasions this summer and, although the central defender has the potential to be a world-class defender, the desire to bring in a centre-back with immediate talent is evident.
The club already has the likes of Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom on their books and to bring in another young defender in need of game time would surely be a mistake given the uncertainty around Martin Skrtel’s future.
There are a number of fixtures facing Liverpool in the next few weeks that provides the club with the chance to pick up some valuable Premier League points, therefore the arrival of a few quality players would give the team the lift needed to get the Reds the necessary victories to see them climb the table. The remaining week or so left for the club to spend the cash they have kept locked away until now is vital to the ambitions of the team.
With clubs like Spurs, Man City and Southampton splashing the cash Liverpool not only have to worry about falling further behind the leading pack in the Premier League but there is also the concern that the chasing pack will overtake the Reds unless FSG put their hands in their pockets and back the manager.