Liverpool: David Ornstein discusses club’s transfer strategy

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Journalist David Ornstein has given his view on Liverpool and how they have conducted their business during the summer transfer window.

Liverpool weren’t particularly busy during the majority of the transfer market, as they only brought in one signing throughout the whole window in the form of Ibrahima Konaté – and even then that was wrapped up back in May.

Instead, most of the focus for Jürgen Klopp’s men was on extending contracts, with a whole host of first-team players committing their future to the club as they look to continue their spell as one of the more dominant teams in English football at present.

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Speaking about the club’s summer during a live stream for The Athletic when asked about who the ‘big winners’ were of the window, Ornstein explained how impressed he was with the club’s strategy and praised them for not spending recklessly just for the sake of it:

“I’m going to be controversial here, and Liverpool fans won’t like me saying this. I really like the way they’ve gone about their business in a very responsible manner.

“They bought in a centre-half, which they needed in Konaté before the window had even opened – we broke that story on The Athletic – and then they embarked upon a different process retaining what they had.

“I’ve just said it on TV: ‘to have is to hold’, to really understand that the players that you’ve got at your disposal are arguably better than you can get from elsewhere, and there’s no point just spending for the sake of it.

“So their renewals are spectacular, for the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold, Allison, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho. And I think they’re really well set.”

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Ornstein is right with his assessment here, especially when you remember that a lot of their problems last season were down to the catalogue of injuries that they suffered, especially at centre-back, so there wasn’t really a need to add significantly.

Other than the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, this is still, for the most part, the same Liverpool side that dominated the league back in 2019/20.

And if Liverpool think that they have enough to make a run at the title again with this group – something they’re making a good start on with an undefeated start to the season – then they didn’t really need to go out and spend on what is already a good side.

Whether or not it’s a strategy that ends up working for them, especially if they were to suffer another injury crisis like last year, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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