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Liverpool have done their transfer business early - but have they done it well?

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Right from the get go Liverpool decided to snap up players in preparation for next seasons' title challenge. It all started with James Milner, who became an early addition to Rodgers' side after his free transfer from Manchester City towards the end of the season.

A 29-year old with bags of experience playing at the top level should surely aid Liverpool's quest for a Champions League place. Furthermore, with the FA's continued constriction on home-grown players the signing of Milner will also add to their roster of British talent, while providing the opportunity to nurture the younger players in the squad.

Secondly, the capture of Adam Bogdan from Bolton Wanderers came as a surprise to many, even though the player had not signed a new contract with Bolton for many months. It is no doubting that Simon Mignolet, Liverpool's first choice keeper, did have a bad start to last seasons campaign.

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However, as the year progressed, he seemed to become much more comfortable and began to command his back four. Therefore, the acquisition of Bogdan seems to have been made purely to provide some competition to Mignolet, in case there is a repeat of last season's events. Nevertheless, there could be many worse signings than a 27-year-old goalkeeper who has come on a free transfer, and has played in top leagues on numerous occasions.

Next comes the belated transfer of Danny Ings from Burnley. After months of rumours and supposed talks with top teams from around the country such as Macnhester United, Ings finally put all the speculation aside and announced that he was signing for Liverpool. This became their third signing of the window and now the England forward who scored 11 goals last season, will join Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and potentially Raheem Sterling, in competition for next seasons striker spot.

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Once more, Ings was another free transfer and also now has experience of playing in the Premier League, all be it with relegated side Burnley. Yet to prove himself as a top striker, Ings still has many questions to answer and will hope to get his career with Liverpool started as early as possible.

A less well known signing was the capture of Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic. This 18-year old centre back made just over 20 appearances for Charlton last year and was also part of the England U17 side who won the 2014 European Championships. Great things are expected from this talented young player who cost Rodgers £3.5 million and the player himself believes that joining Liverpool will only further help his chances at success.

Joy

Gomez expressed his joy at signing for Liverpool, saying: “I’m excited for the new challenge at Liverpool and it’s an opportunity that I've only been given thanks to the experience that Charlton have given me.” 

Lastly comes Liverpool's biggest transfer of the summer so far. The £29 million signing of Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim, in the German Bundesliga. Firmino has a reputation for being a player with flair, skill and an eye for goal, as proven by his goal against Chile in a friendly at the Emirates earlier this year.

A player who was highly valued by his club, as shown by the astonishing £29 million price tag slapped on him by his parent club, but who has actually achieved very little. Firmino is yet to have won a major trophy and has also said that his reason for joining Liverpool was because he wants to "fight for titles". Although, with Liverpool's recent drought in success, will this dream ever become a reality?

Deals

Overall, Liverpool have decided to buy early, set up their squad and begin preparations quickly but will this help them for next season? By no means am I suggesting that their summer spending is over, as reports of imminent moves for both Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton and Asier Illarramendi from Real Madrid look set to be completed. The question is, will buying early really have an affect on Liverpool's title chances?

Looks like we'll have to wait and find out.

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Topics:
James Milner
Football
Premier League
Adam Bogdan
Danny Ings
Liverpool
Nathanial Clyne
Brendan Rodgers

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