With the transfer window slamming shut last night, the perceived winners and losers of the January scramble are being touted in the media today.
Liverpool failed to add any new players to their squad, coming close but missing out on two major occasions. As a result the Merseyside club are being chastised by journalist and their own fans alike.
The Reds were beaten to the signing of long-term target Mohamed Salah by Premier League rivals Chelsea, before a deadline day attempt to bring Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka to Anfield fell through at the final hurdle.
Merseyside fans have been critical of their club on social media, adding the latest two close misses to a recent list of other players that have reportedly been on the verge of signing for Liverpool.
Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurðsson, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa have been a handful of names that have been major targets for the club in recent times – who for one reason or another have not signed for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Despite the frustration and disappointment, Liverpool fans must remember that there have been plenty of successes recently also. The Merseyside club are challenging for a spot in the top four for the first time in a number of seasons, with Rodgers having the side playing some of most exciting football in the Premier League.
A number of excellent players have been added to the squad in recent times, namely Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge and Simon Mignolet. All international players, the Reds have beaten other top sides to these stars’ signatures.
Although Rodgers was not at the helm for Luis Suárez’s arrival, the Uruguayan and a £27 million profit in exchange for Fernando Torres was exceptional business.
Despite the failure to add to the Liverpool squad in January, the contingent that Rodgers has at his disposal currently is as strong as it has been at any time in the recent memory. Despite others strengthening, fellow top four rivals Tottenham, Everton and Manchester City failed to sign anyone of real significance over the last month either.
There is a feeling that Liverpool are being unfairly scrutinised for their inability to seal the deal in the afore-mentioned cases – especially as they are not the only ones that have had their fair share of botched deals.
Manchester United failed to sign a host of players in the summer, and ended up only bringing in Marouane Fellaini when major reinforcements were needed. Public rejection by the likes of Thiago Alcântara, Cesc Fàbregas, Daniele De Rossi and others show that even the Premier League champions don’t have it their own way.
Arsenal have been in need of a striker to prevent Olivier Giroud being the sole protagonist to lead the line, but were unable to find one over the course of January. Tottenham lost out on Willian despite the player already signing a contract to move to White Hart Lane, only to make a 180-degree U-turn and sign for Chelsea instead.
The truth of the matter is that Liverpool fans should not surround themselves in misery after failing to sign any new players in January. The club are on the upward spiral, have just beaten Everton 4-0 in the Merseyside derby and have convinced Luis Suárez to sign a new contract this season.
Liverpool will be in the top-four reckoning come the end of the season despite Salah and Konoplyanka not signing, and as such it seems like an overwhelmingly positive time to support the Anfield outfit.