Phil Thompson: My one disappointment about Liverpool’s transfer window

Why did The Reds let him go?


Do we have to talk about Liverpool’s recent game? Do we really? It’s not often I find myself saying that. Aston Villa aside, in the transfer market, Liverpool had a really decent window. I heard people saying following the defeat that they felt they hadn’t had a good window – but that is harsh.

As a Liverpool fan, you have to look at what we actually needed. We needed cover in the left-back position, Kostas Tsimikas fits that bill perfectly as a good quality international player.

We needed a little bit of creativity, and it had been long talked about. Low and behold we ended up with Thiago. You couldn’t have ticked a box much better! He can keep the ball when you want him to, but can pass it quickly also. Great signing!

Thiago Alcantara

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We were looking at someone else in a more attacking position, and I did a lot of Wolves games last year, and I was absolutely raving about Diogo Jota for months! This fella could play for all of the big clubs (no disrespect to Wolves) and when Liverpool signed him, it was a bit like the Sadio Mane signing.

When he joined, people were saying: ‘Sadio Mane? Eh, plays for Southampton, is he any good?’ and look at him now, a superstar. A world class player.

Diogo Jota can bring that to the club once again. He’s a terrific signing.

If I was grading their performance in the transfer market, it’s a solid eight out of 10 in terms of the incoming signings.

Jurgen Klopp

Outgoings not as positive as the incomings

On the outgoings though, I’m disappointed that they decided to let Rhian Brewster go. I’d like him to have stayed. I can see some of the reasons why, but if you were asking me whether to go with Brewster or Divock Origi, it would be Origi going out the door.

But on the football side, he isn’t playing as many games, so maybe it’ll get him that first team experience. There are not too many forwards that have the aggression that Brewster has though.

There’s a couple of others that could have gone, Xherdan Shaqiri for example could’ve brought a few quid in.

Maybe the outgoings haven’t gone the way they’d like – but the incomings have been really good.


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