Here we are again. Another summer has come and gone, and the end of August brings with it the most ridiculous day of a football fan's year: summer transfer deadline day. Wednesday is the last day of manager Jürgen Klopp's first summer transfer window with Liverpool, and while plenty of action has already taken place, there will likely still be more to come over the next 24 hours.
It remains to be seen, but it seems that Klopp has made some sound acquisitions with Joël Matip and Sadio Mané. Ragnar Klavan and Georginio Wijnaldum have also performed well in their respective roles, though Matip has only had one game so far to make his case. Goalkeepers Alex Manninger and Loris Karius are the final two players that have been brought to the club, and there are high hopes for Karius in particular when he's fit to rejoin the team following a hand broken during the preseason. Marko Grujic, acquired last January and then immediately loaned back out until this summer, has had limited minutes so far but should provide Klopp with good depth in the midfield.
So who might be added to the list before the lights go out on this transfer window? Well, the most concrete rumors are centered around the young Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic. Dortmund are said to have rejected a £11M bid from Liverpool, and whether or not that put an agreement out of reach is yet to be determined. It's possible we'll see some last minute wheeling and dealing to get that one in the books for Klopp.
Another link that has plenty of Liverpool fans excited is with the Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes. Paredes plays primarily as a defensive midfielder, a position that fans have been desperate to see Liverpool fill for several seasons now. With Lucas likely extending his stay in Liverpool for another season, that link is less reliable, but Klopp may be considering Lucas as center-back reinforcement, instead of an option in midfield. If that's the case, then it may leave the door open for another addition to join Emre Can in playing that role for the team this season. A bid for £18M has reportedly already been rejected, but that may change as the day progresses.
Klopp has all but said that there would be no new left-back brought into Anfield in this window, with the manager preferring vice-captain James Milner in that role for the short-term. However, that won't stop fans from dreaming, and there's still a whole day to keep that hope alive.
As for outgoings, Liverpool has done a lot of business, the main ones being Martin Škrtel leaving for Fenerbahce, Joe Allen moving to Stoke City, Christian Benteke getting far more playing time by making a big-money move to Crystal Palace, and Jordon Ibe strengthening AFC Bournemouth. That's not even close to the exhaustive list, and there's plenty more to come.
It seems that Mario Balotelli might be close to finding his new forever home with Ligue 1 side Nice -- expect to see that move confirmed at some point on Wednesday. The move, if indeed it does occur, will put to bed this long Balotelli saga that has been drawn out for far too long.
The big news that broke today is that Klopp has told Mamadou Sakho that he needs to make a loan move this season in order to save his Liverpool career. This has come as a bombshell to most fans who rate the French center-back as the best that Liverpool has to offer in that position. Bruno Martins Indi is one name that has been bandied about recently.
Trust needs to be placed in Klopp's judgment on this move, and should it happen, there may be some further moves to get another defender in at the wire. Right now, the rumor is that Sakho may find regular first-team minutes at Sunderland this season.
Lazar Marković is another fringe player that Liverpool are looking to unload before the end of the day. There are rumors about a loan or permanent move to either Sporting or Newcastle United. Tiago Ilori may finally find a new club after seasons without a place in the squad. Young fullback Connor Randall may be loaned out to Preston North End. Andre Wisdom's loan to Red Bull Salzburg just needs to be finalized. Cameron Brannagan will also likely find a temporary club on loan. A move to Wigan broke down recently over a 75% playing clause that Liverpool wanted included.
One player who won't be going anywhere is striker Danny Ings. It's rumored that several clubs have inquired about Ings, including one club bidding £20M for the Englishman's services. However, Klopp has made it clear that Ings is firmly in his plans for the season, and he has no interest in getting rid of him.
That's where things stand at the moment, but how will they turn out? Watch The Liverpool Offside for every single crumb of information as our staff works non-stop to keep you updated on all the news.