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Previewing Liverpool's Deadline Day: Groundhog Day Edition

With the January-ish transfer window set to close today, brace yourself for lots of action on the Liverpool front, by which of course we mean a quiet day watching everyone else complete last minute deals.

Most successful January window in recent memory.
Most successful January window in recent memory.
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If you're feeling a sense of déjà vu (not to be confused with Dejan Lovren) this transfer window, know that you are not alone. It's the second year in a row that Liverpool look to be doing very little business to address any existing needs during the January transfer window. The club still have twenty-four hours to prevent history from repeating itself, but all signs point to a quiet day spent watching other clubs scramble for reinforcements.

Of course, Liverpool haven't done zero business in the last month. Most notable was young Suso's departure to the greener pastures of AC Milan after failing to catch the eye of Brendan Rodgers for two straight seasons. Jordon Ibe was recalled from loan to help shore up the front line, although his being cup tied rules out participation in the FA Cup going forward.

Rickie Lambert continues to be linked with a temporary move away from Liverpool via a loan spell at one of Crystal Palace, West Brom, Queens Park Rangers, or Hull City. Fabio Borini hasn't been linked anywhere this month despite being linked everywhere in the summer, but in any case the Italian seems very dug in at his current club and unlikely to agree to a move even if an offer should surface. Inter Milan have taken a shine to Lucas, but Brendan Rodgers insists the Brazilian will stick around until at least the season's end. Mario Balotelli, too, could be on his way back to a loan in Italy, although probably not.

In the unlikely case that Liverpool do end up bringing in additional players, the rumour mongers have connected the club to a vast array of players over the last month. Need another option between the posts? Young Marc-Andre ter Stegen is your man. A forward with three Zs in his name? Ezequiel Lavezzi is available cheap! Buy all the Germans? Leonardo Bittencourt! Strikers, strikers, strikers? Youth products Cerro Porteño and Sergio Díaz are available, and so are the not-so-youthful Karim Benzema and Gonazalo Higuain. Ghosts of transfer windows past? Step right up, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Overpriced British youngsters? Teddy Bishop, no disrespect intended!

Liverpool will probably not end up doing any of that rumoured business, not least of which is because many of the players are not likely to move in the first place nor are Liverpool necessarily in a position to meet their valuations. But odder things have happened on the last day of the transfer window, so strap yourselves in and stay tuned throughout the day as we bring you all the updates as they happpen.

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