While the moves certainly felt like they have been all but done since Saturday, Liverpool has this morning officially announced the signings of center backs Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain and Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon.
Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Frenchman Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain. pic.twitter.com/J0CbquFFT6— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 2, 2013
Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon. pic.twitter.com/tHGgEEKpke— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 2, 2013
True to form, the club has also posted multiple pictures of each player leaning on random objects around Melwood, featuring the boot room and the Wall Of Motivational Quotes. They've also already posted the usual touching inspirational stories for both players, including how Jamie Carragher was an "inspiration" for Ilori, as well as some noise from Ian Ayre about Sakho being an "important marquee signing" for the club. Not that I disagree with the point, but, well, after all the near-misses on players this summer, it's hard not to take that with a shaker of salt.
Given that the two were in the stands at Anfield alongside a leather jacket clad Victor Moses yesterday, we should expect to see news of his loan deal being confirmed within the next few hours, if not sooner. The club now has plenty of time to try and nail one one or two more signings (I'll take some Lucas cover, please and thank you), as well as start working on loans for some of the youth players in need of senior squad minutes.
I'll be back later today with player profiles of Sakho and Ilori, as well as any other new signings that develop as the day goes on.