Jadon Sancho and Manchester United prove Liverpool’s point of view on transfers
There was a lot of frustration among Liverpool fans at the end of the transfer window after what turned out to be a largely quiet summer on the recruiting front.
In fact, beyond the addition of Ibrahima Konate, the Reds have entered this season with pretty much the same side that finished last, though bolstered by key personnel such as Virgil Van Dijk returning from a long term injury.
Fan dissatisfaction has only been exacerbated by business done elsewhere, with several of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals investing heavily in their squads.
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Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all topped the Premier League spending chart, having each spent more than Â£ 100million on new players.
However, as it stands, only Chelsea of ââthe four have managed to keep pace with Liverpool in these first weeks of the Premier League season.
Rivals United have passed the second most this summer behind Arsenal, securing the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and former Liverpool goal Jadon Sancho.
Their capture of the latter in particular was a bitter pill to swallow for many Reds fans. Sancho has proven to be an exciting young striker in Germany scoring 37 goals and registering 41 assists in his last 92 Bundesliga appearances, it boils down to a remarkable contribution of 0.80 goals per appearance.
Many fans believed he would be a perfect addition to Liverpool’s frontline due to his exceptional pace and dribbling skills.
Liverpool officials clearly thought differently. That’s not to say he was never considered by Michael Edwards and co, but instead he just may not have been deemed worthy of the Â£ 73million plus additions to secure his signature, depending on the potential impact he might have on that. Liverpool side.
Ibrahima Konate is the only signing Liverpool have made this summer.
The window is closing in less than a week with many big deals still in the pipeline.
Liverpool’s rivals have grown considerably stronger, which has worried some fans.
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Considering the quality already in place at Anfield, it is difficult for a player to improve the squad significantly, at least to an extent that it is easy to justify parting with such large sums of money.
At United it was different, their attack didn’t have the quality of Liverpool’s, especially on the right where before Sancho arrived they didn’t have a striker from the right side who stood out. Therefore, their decision for the 21-year-old made more sense.
Yet even so, it was not without risk and so far its impact has been far from what many United fans might have expected.
The England international has appeared in United’s seven games so far this season, but has so far failed to register a single goal or assist.
While it’s still more than possible for him to get good at Old Trafford, his slow start is a reminder that the anticipated impact of what a new player can have at a new club can often be overestimated and magnified.
Therefore, based on that, as well as their impressive start to the campaign, Liverpool seem fairly justified so far in their conservative approach to transfers over the past summer.