Analysing Liverpool’s January transfer window – why the Reds are now lagging behind in top-4 race – SoccerSouls

Analysing Liverpool’s January transfer window – why the Reds are now lagging behind in top-4 race

Jurgen Klopp

How Have Liverpool Fared In The Winter Transfer Window – An In-depth Analysis

Liverpool might have started the winter with a massive surprise by acquiring Virgil Van Dijk but have ended up as the biggest losers among the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ following the shutdown of the transfer window on 31st January.

They lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona but Jurgen Klopp didn’t bother to find any replacement and preferred to use the tools already available at the club instead of signing someone like Thomas Lemar or Riyad Mahrez. This has generated a frenzy of rage among the fans who are fuming due to Klopp’s reluctance to spend the ‘Coutinho money’ as well as the management’s lack of intent to transform the Merseysiders into title contenders once more.

The Reds witnessed more departures than inclusions this window, which left them with a shallow squad despite their participation in the prestigious Champions League football. Daniel Sturridge has been loaned out to West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the campaign that has left them with Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke as the only available backup options for Roberto Firmino.

Also, lack of creativity in the middle of the park has often troubled the Reds this term and despite failed attempts to bring Naby Keita in the winter instead of his proposed summer move, the gaffer didn’t set his sights on alternate options.

Youngster Ovie Ejaria was loaned out to Championship side Sunderland, so is Marko Grujic who joined promotion aspirers Cardiff City temporarily. Also, wingman Ryan Kent was loaned out to impressive second-tier side Bristol City and Divock Origi, too, has not been recalled from his loan at Wolfsburg following a disappointing spell. Serbian winger Lazar Markovic is another player who’s out of the club as he’s joined Belgian club Anderlecht on loan for the rest of the season.

Daniel Sturridge should have been kept hold of by Jurgen Klopp

Although the above-mentioned ones were not really breaking into the first-team under Klopp and needed regular minutes for career growth, a couple of them (Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Kent) should have been retained to increase bench strength for the rest of the campaign.

Liverpool haven’t suffered injury nightmares but the boss will truly struggle to line up a strong attacking unit if the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino suffer significant injuries. Klopp has opted to hold on to the 18-year-old Ben Woodburn and despite his enormous potential, it will be an uphill task for the teenager to leave an impact similar to that as the lethal front trio.

Adam Lallana is not being viewed as Coutinho’s replacement but the Englishman is still struggling to be fit following months of absence with a thigh injury. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has delivered some decent performances so far since his summer deadline move but has been inconsistent at the same time and can not be as influential as Philippe Coutinho in an attacking midfield role.

This window has thus taken the Reds a couple of steps behind as they now have to pray for some luck to favour them in their quest for a top-4 finish.

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  1. no more southcoast geeezers

    February 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    It be a battle too get cl place now if we fall short it be down too klopp and fsg no point directing blame in the playn staff as we no thy not good enuf colectivley to be a worldclass team.ther is a diferance in being entertaining and being worldclass, being the undercard too the main eventers. It wont be the entertainers that piks up trophys at end of season. Rather trophys than high light reels… no one remembers after a week but thy will remember cup winners and champs.keepn top players at u club is dificult as is so having a top sqaud mkes it easier to sign top players. Top players aint going to want to cme to a squad of entertaining players thy wont to play in a top sqaud thts fighting for titles with top players u a top player and lfc comes in yes lfc is a big nme with a good manager but it tkes more than a good coach and a nme of a club these days. Top players look at the sqaud who ther team mates will be lfc went in for ssame player as say man city.if city garantees tht guy first team football but oferd less in the package than lfc was offering wth same garantees he would go city. Not because its man city noo because its pep thts the coach and first and formost the sqaud u going into is full of quality a sqaud tht is fighting for titles and its every year not jus few entertaining gmes..

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