Liverpool were involved in the two biggest deals of the entire January transfer window but the initial signs suggest there is still plenty of work to be done before Jurgen Klopp can boast a squad capable of mounting a sustained title challenge.
Having fought tooth and nail to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho in the summer, Liverpool’s decision to sell their star player at the halfway point of the season made little sense, especially given the Brazilian had been in stellar form in the weeks that led up to his transfer.
Although Liverpool deserve credit for extracting a whopping £142million from Barcelona, the Reds have already spent the majority of that fee on Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita, who is due to arrive from RB Leipzig in the summer.
Van Dijk capped a dream debut with the winner in front of the Kop against Everton in the FA Cup but he was bought to sure up a notoriously error-prone defence.
The former Southampton centre-half was left out of the starting line-up as Liverpool ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the campaign and was at fault for costly goals conceded in back-to-back defeats against Swansea and West Brom.
Klopp and Liverpool’s season could well depend on how quickly his record purchase settles in.