Have Liverpool FC repeated the mistakes that they made in the summer transfer window?
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This article was published at thefootballfaithful.com on Feb 7, 2021.
Since Jürgen Klopp’s arrival, Liverpool FC’s transfer policy of not bulging in their demands, of prioritizing patience over panic, and of bringing in only well-scouted players had yielded them great dividends. In a short term, the club had touched levels that seemed too far-fetched to even think of under Klopp’s predecessors.
Then the year 2020 happened. The material and financial predicaments caused by the pandemic meant that the club had to ditch their well-tested transfer policy. This was evident in the way Timo Werner’s scenario played out.
At the same time, credit must be given to the club’s management and the sporting director, Michael Edwards, for finding an innovative way to pay for Diogo Jota and strengthening the bench by roping in Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiacos.
Also, in signing Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich, the Reds departed from their conventional approach as they bought a player who was at the peak of his powers instead of acquiring an unfinished product with a huge potential to grow.
While the quality of the arrivals was immensely encouraging (and hindsight can tell us that both Jota and Thiago were good choices) yet Liverpool didn’t tick all the boxes with their incomings...