Liverpool only made one signing over the summer and many thought that their lack of business could derail their title chances, but could it be part of a cunning plan?
Ibrahima Konate was the Reds’ only incoming in the transfer window, arriving from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for £36million.
After last season, where injuries highlighted the lack of depth the Anfield outfit have defensively, it is no surprise that manager Jurgen Klopp demanded a new central defender came in.
However, some thought he would bring in a midfielder to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined Paris Saint-Germain after his contract expired at the club, and a forward.
Instead, faith was put in 18-year-old Harvey Elliott who impressed in his four league appearances this season playing as an attacking midfielder.
Unfortunately, the young Englishman was stretchered off of the pitch in the Leeds game on Sunday after dislocating his left ankle, meaning questions are again being asked about why Klopp didn’t bring anyone else to Merseyside.
But should Liverpool fans really be concerned? As in years gone by, their very best piece of business has happened in the January transfer window, which could justify why the former Borussia Dortmund opted to stall his signings in a bid to get them at a cut-price in three months.
In January 2018, Klopp signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a record £75m, seeing off competition from other clubs in the Premier League as well as around Europe.
The Dutch defender has made 134 appearances since arriving at Anfield, winning the Premier League and the Champions League in his four seasons at the club.
Van Dijk is regarded as the best defender in the world by most, excelling in all elements of his game. Without him, Liverpool probably would not have achieved the success that they have in recent history.
Could Klopp be looking to replicate such precise business in the January transfer window?
His most likely signing, and most necessary, is a forward as he will be unable to select both wingers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as they will be away representing their countries at the African Cup of Nations.
And with Elliott not set a return date from his injury, Klopp is left with just Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino to choose from in his front three, and the Reds faithful can hardly have confidence in the latter two delivering the goods consistently.
According to transfermarkt, the 2019/20 title winners are very interested in signing exciting prospect Karim Adeyemi.
The versatile 19-year-old has impressed for Austrian side RB Salzburg, playing anywhere across the frontline and showcasing a willingness to take on his man, shoot on sight and create chances for his teammates.
The football database website value the forward at £20m, but Liverpool will have to act quickly if they are to secure his signature as there is interest from FC Barcelona, who are looking to fill their squad with young talent as part of a major rebuild.
Adeyemi would provide a short-term solution to Liverpool’s January forward woes and also give them an exciting player to grow as years go by, if the move is in the works and ready for completion in January van Dijk-style then Reds fans have no reason to fear.