"Oh, history writer, don't close the pages yet!"
- May 17, 2007
A while back, I'd be absolutely bloody livid at such window, even if I'm aware that it's something of a norm for Klopp and Edwards to finish the summer in the black (net spend is down to some 80-85 million pounds, if I'm not mistaken, for the time Klopp's been at Liverpool). It wasn't what I expected, I thought getting three players to replace Lovren, Moreno and nobody as Mane's backup wouldn't be that difficult.I completely understand the logic behind not buying for the sake of buying. We saw what it did with Carroll, and we saw what it did the window afterwards when good money went after bad with Downing etc. And I also completely understand that the options for us out there - we need proper quality, but quality willing to accept the club's ethos and know that they've a fight on their hands getting into the starting XI - are limited.
The dropoff in quality from Mane/Bob/Mo to Shaq/Div/Brewster is fucking substantial. We're already seeing the panic that not having Alisson for 4-6 weeks (thank fuck its only that long!) can induce since the drop in quality from him is big. Something like that happens to one of the top three then we're relying on backup players who aren't top class for a period. Am sure they can step in and do a job here and there as needed (saw it with Div yesterday, and tbf again against Barca last season) but for a sustained period it fucking worries me. Because the margins now are so bloody fine, thanks to the oil-swallowing juggernaut of Citeh.
All that aside, I do believe its not down to the owners that we're in this position. The decision to stand pat this summer was Klopp and Edwards. They've earned faith and trust given their accomplishments, demonstrating time and time again they know what they're doing, and would rather wait to get their man than start going down the pecking order to "consolation prizes."
Strangely, I'm calm about this, perhaps because not spending anything should have a two-fold positive effect: no added pressure on the squad and maybe some improved performances as a result of Klopp's show of faith. Clutching at straws perhaps but Liverpool (and the rest of the league, in case they didn't get the memo) are up against a state-owned club and it would take a lot more than continued spending on superstars to bring them down. They've been planning for Guardiola's arrival for years and years, after all, while Klopp had Škrtel and Benteke when he arrived.
As others have said, I think we'll probably see what FSG (and Klopp and Edwards) have in store for Liverpool in perhaps a year or two. New training ground and another stadium expansion are a must, in my opinion, and we'll see what state the squad and club staff are in in a year's or two's time. I guess that the stronger the finish at the end of the season, the stronger the negotiation basis for FSG regarding important sponsorship deals. I think the stadium expansion, new kit manufacturer and new kit sponsor are more than just a hefty financial incentive: if they get these right, we'll be up there with the giants again and maybe we'll be there to stay.