Breaking Down Liverpool's Transfer Deadline Day
Liverpool Football Club had a busier final day of the transfer window than a lot of folk in England. After three success wins and as many clean sheets to open the EPL season, Liverpool strengthened around the park in an attempt to remain top of the table.
Liverpool had been active all throughout the transfer period sending Andy Carroll and Stuart Downing to West Ham, Pepe Reina to Napoli and Jonjo Shelvey to Swansea. In the other direction they had already brought in Kolo Toure for Manchester City, Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, Luis Alberto from Sevilla and Aly Cissokho on-loan from Valencia.
That was only the preface for the final day; A day with interesting additions going as follows.
This lumberjack of a defender was the captain of PSG, but his role at the club seemed to change when the money came in. He couldn't find a regular place when Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Alex were now available in the back line at PSG. Sakho, who has made 14 appearances for France at 23 years old, signed for Liverpool for £18 million. The big Frenchman, eager to prove PSG wrong, joins a team yet to concede in the EPL.
Sakho wants only to get started at his new club: "I came here because the project at Liverpool interests me. I'm really looking forward to playing my first game."
Sakho wasn't the only defender to be added as Liverpool bolstered their defense even more with Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese defender Ilori. The U-20 international, who signed for £7 million, seems acutely aware of the club's history and wants dearly to add to it as he hopes to be one for the future.
"Liverpool have a great team and I think it's the place for me to be at the moment," he said. "There have been some great teams here in the past, the club has won a lot of trophies and I want to be a part of it."Victor Moses
The former Crystal Palace and Wigan player joins Liverpool on-loan from Chelsea. Moses said new Liverpool match-winning hero, Daniel Sturridge convinced him to join, and is looking forward to the task at hand.
"The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League - and I'm delighted to be here," Moses said. "There are a lot of quality players here - they're winning games and creating chances. It's a massive thing for me to be here."
The Italian striker kept up his trend of never having the opportunity to get settled as he was sent on-loan to Sunderland for the upcoming season. Brendan Rodgers indicated the move was absolutely temporary was only about gaining top-flight experience.
"It's just to get games," Rodgers said. "He had a stop-start season last year with his injuries and I just felt this year he needed to go and play football.
"With Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Iago Aspas and some of the other attacking players, that might have been limited. I have a real belief in Fabio - he is a talent and we've seen that on occasions, but he needs to be playing regularly to demonstrate that talent," he added.Dani Pacheco
The young Spanish attacker made the move from Liverpool to AD Alcorcon, thanking Liverpool for everything they'd done for him saying, "I will always be a red."
And that was the long and short of the final goings on in the transfer window. A day where Brendan Rodgers loves the competition that has been brought into the team.
"I'm obviously very pleased," Rodgers said. "The window this summer has been very productive for us. We've certainly got more competition and as a manager you always want more, but we're more than happy with the business we've done."
"We've done great business over the course of the summer - and we'll run with that until January and see where we're at then. I'm sure we'll look to strengthen again and finish off the second part of the season like we did last season," he added.
Those moves finalized the Reds' squad for the next four months. Miguel Delaney at ESPN rated every English top-flight team's summer transfer dealings and gave Liverpool a respectable B grade. An apt assessment for these reasons. Liverpool added skilled depth to their defense with the aforementioned signings joining Toure, Cissokho, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique, Andre Wisdom and a fit-again Martin Kelly.
Moses adds attacking depth to the on-fire Sturridge, Aspas, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, and of course, the returning Luis Suarez.
But Liverpool didn't add to the center of midfield; the engine room that Rodgers counts on to control games. In all three EPL games, Steven Gerrard, Lucas and Jordan Henderson started and played the full 90. With only Joe Allen as the main, first-team central midfielder left as a possible replacement, Liverpool lacks the depth at that position that it boasts everywhere else. Liverpool ended this transfer window better than last year, but it remains to be seen where the end the season comparatively.