Is the Echo Preparing us….?

Is the Echo Preparing us….?

Article in The Liverpool Echo

By Adam Jones 11 Nov 2017

As we approach the January transfer window, rumours are already building over what Liverpool’s business might entail.

Numerous stars from across Europe are already being linked – while it’s clear that the Reds will need to improve defensively at least.

But, if there were any hopes from some quarters that the club might be in for a busy transfer window, the club’s recent history in January might suggest otherwise.

In fact, the Reds have only made four signings in winter transfer windows in the last five seasons – and one of those still didn’t make his move to the club until the the summer anyway.

January 2016 was Jurgen Klopp’s first transfer window with Liverpool, and he perhaps gave a hint of a more subdued winter period.

The biggest signing that was confirmed during this time was that of Marko Grujic for a reported fee of just over £5million.

However, the Serbian couldn’t make the move from Red Star Belgrade until the summer – leaving the loan signing of Steven Caulker the only incoming for the Reds that winter.

The defender’s arrival on January 12, 2016 was the last time Liverpool have made any signings in the winter window.

Before that, you have to go all the way back to 2013 to find any more activity from the Reds in January.

They were, however, a significant couple of signings.

Daniel Sturridge scores against Mansfield Town
Daniel Sturridge scored on his debut

Daniel Sturridge made the move from Chelsea reportedly for around £12million and seriously hit the ground running, bagging 11 goals and four assists in his first half-season.

January 2013 also saw Philippe Coutinho being transferred to Liverpool – making the move from Inter Milan for around £8.5million.

The rest is history.

But, the point stands that Liverpool are notoriously quiet in the January transfer window in recent seasons.

Not for want of trying, of course. Last season Klopp was interested in both Christian Pulisic and Julian Brandt but the moves ever materialised.

And you can only imagine that the Reds will again at least try and be active in this window.

But, looking at the club’s recent history at least, and thought that the club might be splashing out on a number of players this window would be wide of the mark.