News of an agreement to sign Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno being in place ‘in principle’ have been filtering through since the European Supercup final, and the young Spanish defender is the latest addition to what has so far been an excellent summer of business for Liverpool.
The Reds have so far signed Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Javi Manquillo and Moreno, whilst Divock Origi has been brought in and loaned straight back to Lille. Even if their business were to end now, this would be a more than adequate set of transfers for the club.
They have been accused in some quarters of ‘doing a Tottenham’, but these have in fact been two very different windows for the two clubs, both in terms of who was sold and who was brought in.
It has been well documented that Tottenham signed a number of good players with no Premier League experience whilst Liverpool have brought in a mixture of youth and success in the English league, but there is also a vast gulf in the roles of the respective star players who were moved on.
Gareth Bale very much dragged Spurs to win matches on his own sometimes, being far and away Tottenham’s brightest player. Luis Suarez meanwhile, though he did have the ability to win games entirely single-handedly, often was not required to do so.
Daniel Sturridge was the second top scorer in the league behind his teammate whilst the creativity of Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho also often caught the eye.
Differences between Liverpool & Spurs
The Reds, then, had a much more solid, albeit slightly thin, foundation to build upon, and that is exactly what they have done. They have brought in players to fill the void left by Suarez’s creativity with Lallana and Markovic, and have also dealt with the problem area of defence from last year with the signings of Manquillo, Moreno, and perhaps most importantly, Dejan Lovren.
In his one game in red so far, the Croatian looked to be the organising voice that Liverpool have been missing since the retirement of Jamie Carragher.
Backup to Sturridge
The one thing that is perhaps still left to do is to sign some form of back-up option to Sturridge, as he is unfortunately injury-prone, particularly as he is the only real first choice option currently on the books at Anfield.
Thus far, however, the Liverpool transfer team has done an excellent job of improving both the squad depth and the competition for first team places, and this could well be an exciting season for the red half of Merseyside once more if these policies continue.