Liverpool FC: January Transfer Window Rated

Matthew Woods
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What a turn of events in the last 48+ hours for Liverpool FC.

With injuries to Vigil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, and makeshift option Fabinho, a senior centre-back was desperately needed if Liverpool look to salvage any chance at silverware this season.

Rumors swirled during the window. Names like Sven Botman (Lille), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), and Neven Subotic (free agent) all made the rounds in the media as being potential replacements.

Liverpool Incomings

Eventually, Liverpool decided on Ben Davies (Preston) and Ozan Kabak (Shalke) to fill in the massive holes left in defence.

Kabak, 24, the bigger signing of the two, was brought in on a £1M loan with option to buy (£18M). The Turkish International provides a defensive presence Liverpool are desperate for.

Aerially superior, defensively efficient, and threatening in the box on corners, Kabak should be able to step in right away at Liverpool.

His weaknesses will need to be worked on, and he definitely has them, but what he could provide for this team is immense.

Michael Edwards work with this deal is nothing short of incredible. Bringing in Kabak for a loan with option to buy allows LFC to give the Turkish International a 6-month trial essentially to prove himself.

A great deal in that if he doesn’t live up to expectations LFC can return to the market in the summer for further reinforcements. Major win for Liverpool.

Davies, 25, was brought in from Preston North End for £1.6M with future add-ons.

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At one point looked set to sign for Celtic, the left-footed Davies has a calm and composed presence on the ball who can distribute from the back.

A stand-out the past few seasons in the championship, Davies should slide in as an immediate option off the bench.

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Liverpool Outgoings

There were a few more outgoing transfers as well, most notably Takumi Minamino who surprisingly in the “11th hour” joins Southampton for the remainder of the season.

A move that certainly explains his absence from the first-team rotation for the better part of the last month.

Meanwhile, Sepp van den Berg to Preston as part of the Davies deal. The young Dutchman has improved in certain aspects of his game and seems to be ready to take the next step.

Perhaps a six-month loan spell will do him good in his development.

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LFCTR Verdict

Owners, Fenway Sports Group, decided to eventually provide the funds to Jurgen Klopp, Michael Edwards and company thus giving them the first-team centre-backs they’ve so desired to boost their squad.

Edwards’ work has been amazing. For nearly £3M, Edwards was able to bring in two centre-backs.

What that does is open up the possibilities for the summer window; whether that means having to spend on a centre-back then, or focus on other positions of need, Liverpool have the capabilities to be flexible in how they move forward in improving the squad.

If you were to ask me a week ago how I would grade the window, it would’ve been a complete failure, but the recent turnaround and incomings have transformed that grade completely.

Without breaking the bank, Liverpool were able to bring in a pair of centre-backs to address their major concern in healthy bodies in defense.

The ability to be financially responsible and bring in quality players is something Michael Edwards specializes in, and once again he’s excelled.

Grade: A

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