The summer transfer window has officially closed, with Liverpool’s business being amongst the most impressive after Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas joined the club for a combined total of around £70m.
Rivals also spent big in their attempts to bridge the 18-point gap that emerged in the Premier League last season between first and second place, with players such as Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ruben Dias, Thomas Partey and Gareth Bale moving to England.
Remarkably, though, Jadon Sancho remains contracted to Borussia Dortmund. The 20 year-old was rumoured to be chased by Manchester United for months, but a deal to bring the English talent to Old Trafford failed to materialise.
It is reasonable to suggest that Sancho will return to his home country sooner rather than later, but have United inadvertently opened the door for Liverpool to swoop in next year?
Jurgen Klopp simply doesn’t need a player as expensive as Sancho at the moment, but his illustrious front three are going to have to be disbanded at some stage considering that the average age of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah is now 28.3.
The Reds have operated shrewdly in the market for a number of years, and although many supporters would prefer the trio to stay at Anfield until they no longer want to play the game, it does not make sense from a business or performance perspective to keep players who are set to regress.
That point certainly hasn’t been reached yet but when that time comes, Liverpool will have a serious question to answer and Sancho’s current availability is likely to make that decision even tougher.