Heading into the summer transfer window, there were three big questions facing Liverpool Football Club when it came to their dealings in the market. First was if they could add goals from midfield or a threat from the wing to take some of the scoring pressure off the strikers. Second was whether Brendan Rodgers could strengthen the defence following Jamie Carragher's retirement. And third was the question of just what was going to happen when it came to Luis Suarez.
In attack, it was clear Liverpool needed to add options, and with the arrival of Iago Aspas on a permanent deal and Victor Moses on loan the club is stronger at the front than they were last season. However, with Brendan Rodgers talking of a need to add goals from midfield early in the window and a series of high profile misses, there's an argument to be made that things didn't go nearly as well as the manager and club would have hoped when the window opened.
At the back, though, even the harshest cynic would be hard pressed to criticise a window that saw the arrival of Mamadou Sakho—arguably the top centre back signing of the summer. Added to Sakho was the promising Tiago Ilori as well as a canny loan-to-buy deal for left back Aly Cissokho. Throw in Kolo Toure on a free and, at the back at least, nobody in Europe had a better summer than Liverpool, even if doubts about Kyriakos Papadopoulos' fitness meant that target remained at his current club.
As for Luis Suarez, the second he bit Branislav Ivanovic and found himself banned from the English game yet again, many assumed his days at Liverpool were numbered. It was no surprise, then, that soon after the close of the season he began to agitate for a move to Real Madrid. The only problem was that while Suarez wanted Madrid, there wasn't a whole lot of evidence the feeling was mutual, and so he quickly switched to Plan B—trying to force a move to anywhere not Liverpool.
Suarez is unlikely to be a Liverpool player beyond the next season—perhaps even beyond January—regardless of how the club fares in the league this season, but as important of any of Liverpool's incoming signings was the club's determination to hold onto the want-away striker when Arsenal responded to his pleas with a forty million plus one pound offer meant to trigger the release clause Suarez' agent believed existed in the player's contract.
Throw in the signing of promising midfielder Luis Alberto and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has quickly become something of a fan favourite and on early evidence appears a clear upgrade over Pepe Reina, and it looks a very, very good summer for Liverpool. Perhaps even the best summer by any English club, especially given the needs addressed and that the club managed to do its business for around £15M net while getting Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing off the books.
Still, there's room to argue it wasn't a perfect summer by any stretch given the failures to strengthen options on the wing beyond the arrival of Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea in a deal that will see Liverpool pay the London club a loan fee despite not being able to secure a set purchase option. Particularly when placed against Liverpool's failure to secure any of Henrikh Mkhitaryn, Diego Costa, or Willian, it's an area of the summer's business that will rankle for some.
Let us know how you rate it after everything's said and done by casting your vote, and tell us in the comments just what you think of Liverpool's summer, from keeping hold of Luis Suarez to strengthening the defence to perhaps falling a little short in attack.