It's transfer deadline day, and if you're a Liverpool fan, chances are you're not expecting much. And no matter what Jim White and the folks at Sky would have you believe, you're probably right not to expect very much. That's because barring a minor miracle, Liverpool are done making their major moves on the market for the summer and any cash left from the sale of Luis Suarez is going to be kept in reserve for January.
Sure, there might be a backup keeper coming in and a few minor departures. Or the club might scoop up a promising kid only to loan him straight back out to his current Championship home. Anything big and exciting and worthy of flashing lights or involving helicopters and Ukrainian oligarchs is almost certainly off the table, though. So for once you get to sit back and watch as other clubs scramble. It's a bit of an odd place to be, but it's where we are.
Nine singings have arrived. One, Divock Origi, headed straight back out on loan. The others—Emre Can and Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo and Mario Balotelli? Well, all those others cover pretty much every position the club headed into the summer knowing they had to strengthen at, at least aside from Balotelli, who probably wouldn't have arrived if Suarez hadn't left.
With Daniel Agger already gone and set to be unveiled at Brondby today, there isn't much potential excitement in the outgoing column, either. Fabio Borini may or may not finally say yes to Sunderland, and there are rumours Sebastian Coates could end up with the Black Cats on loan either way. Then there's Oussama Assaidi, who has seemed destined for the exit door since the summer started but is still inexplicably at the club—albeit on the injury list.
Meanwhile, there have been a handful of rumours of a possible Lucas departure in recent weeks, but Liverpool have signalled he will only be allowed to leave for £8M on a permanent deal. While he isn't in the starting picture at the moment, with four competitions there will be a need for a player to back up Steven Gerrard, and the club are unwilling to loan Lucas out only to then have to bring another player in.
On the other side, there's talk of Liverpool being interested in a backup 'keeper, but the two most likely names—Victor Valdes and Sergio Romero—aren't under contract, meaning the club can sign them after the window closes and there's no urgency to their situations. Put it all together and you get a day when not much is likely to happen. So sit back and for once enjoy watching everybody else scramble madly for that last piece to the puzzle.
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