What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Ian Ayre bungled the signing of a center forward to replace Andy Carroll, leaving Liverpool with only two strikers for the first four months of the season.
This summer, not only did Ayre get a lot of deals done early, but he also landed three new players on transfer deadline day.
Liverpool are painfully thin at center half and there is no doubt that Liverpool are a better team today than yesterday after signing Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a combined fee of about £25m.
Sakho, 23, who has 14 France caps, will cost around £18m from Paris St-Germain while Sporting Lisbon’s Ilori, 20, has represented Portugal at youth level but is still eligible to play for England because he is born in London.
Sakho told the club’s website:
“I came here because the project at Liverpool interests me. I’m really looking forward to playing my first game.”
He is manager Brendan Rodgers’ most expensive signing of the summer and can play in the centre of defence as well as at left-back.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said:
“He’s an important marquee signing for us. It was a difficult one to do and it was a difficult one for us to get, but I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to attract him to the football club.”
Ilori, who cost £7m, said:
“Liverpool have a great team and I think it’s the place for me to be at the moment.
Liverpool also added signed Chelsea forward Victor Moses on loan for the rest of the season. Moses, who can play down either win said:
“The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League,” said Moses.
“I just want to gel in, the formation and players here will help me.”
“First and foremost, I’m delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool,” added Moses.
“The manager [Brendan Rodgers] has done very well. There are a lot of quality players here – they’re winning games and creating chances. It’s a massive thing for me to be here.”
What do you think of the signings?