Liverpool appeared to finish all their transfer activity fairly early in the summer window, with Jurgen Klopp bringing in Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay, and Fabio Carvalho all before July had even started.
However, as time ticked on and more midfielders succumbed to injuries, Klopp’s attitude turned from “it doesn’t look like” while discussing further incomings to admitting he was “wrong” and the Anfield side were actively looking to add another midfielder to the squad as the last days of the window approached.
Ultimately, the club didn’t get any of their original targets through the door, with Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham high on Klopp’s list, but it looks like they might try again next summer for the youngster.
The one deal that the club may live to regret however is missing out on Aurelien Tchouameni, who joined Real Madrid in a €100m (£85.3m) deal.
The 22-year-old joined the La Liga giants from French side Monaco after impressing in his homeland, scoring eight goals and registering seven assists from 95 matches, a decent return from a player whose predominant position is defensive midfield.
With the injuries mounting at Anfield, the Frenchman would have been an ideal signing and someone who would command a starting XI spot straight away.
He has made an excellent start to life in Spain, holding an average SofaScore rating of 7.23 after his first three matches.
Tchouameni has registered one assist, made two key passes per match, and has had on average 76 touches in each game, showing his ability to constantly get on the ball and dictate the play.
It’s been an auspicious start for the midfielder at arguably the biggest club in the world. Klopp doesn’t make many mistakes in the transfer market but losing out on the player that Paul Pogba described as “extraordinary” following his debut for France in 2021 may be a slight erring on his part.
The German has had to settle for signing Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo on loan until the end of the season in order to alleviate his injury crisis and considering their earlier summer targets, it appears to be more a panic buy than one that can add genuine star quality to the side.