The transfer window opens on Thursday, and with once-but-no-longer record signing Naby Keïta already on the way in, Liverpool are being linked with big money moves to reinforce a squad that has proven exceptionally talented, but short on depth. However, marquee signings aren’t the only thing on the transfer docket.
Last summer, as Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were brought in for significant fees, the Merseyside club also picked up young striker Dominic Solanke — whose Chelsea contract had ran out — for a yet to be determined tribunal fee. The move cleared the path for Divock Origi’s loan to Wolfsburg, and while the frontline did look somewhat shallow, it was not a trade-off that ruffled many feathers, particularly with the 20-year old impressing in pre-season.
Solanke may not be considered an outright success — he only scored his first official goal for the club on the final day of the Premier League season — but he can by no metric be considered a failure, and the idea of picking up gifted youngsters from rival clubs for nominal fees is one that will always buttress the big money purchases by adding talent to the squad, usually bring a profit if or when they are moved on, and occasionally produce a raging success.
As such, the Reds have gone back to Stamford Bridge for seconds, this time securing 20-year old midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies, according to ESPN. A big-bodied attacking midfielder, the Brighton-born youngster has yet to make a senior appearance in his career, and is thus unlikely to contribute to the Liverpool first team immediately. Nonetheless, adding cheap, English talent to supplement the expensive superstars is a low-risk endeavour, and with a little luck, the 20-year old may just turn around and show Chelsea that they were wrong to let him go.