Nathaniel Clyne became the latest new name on Liverpool?s books after completing a £12 million transfer from Southampton.
The right-back is the sixth new signing for Brendan Rodgers who is clearly intent on rebuilding his side following last season?s disappointment. Clyne had been preceded by the £29 million Brazil striker Roberto Firmino and £3.5 million Charlton defender Joe Gomez. Former Burnley striker Danny Ings will cost the Reds around £5 million in compensation fees while England International James Milner and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan joined Liverpool on free transfers.
Prior to Firmino?s signature, the deals had smacked off a bargain-basement attempt to rectify the damage from last season?s summer expenditure which exceeded £115 million. Liverpool are believed to be pursuing their interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, but would not be willing to pay his current £32.5 million release clause.
Clyne will renew acquaintance with former Saints colleagues Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert who all left the south coast for Anfield a year ago. Their summer spending spree was largely funded by the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, a move which triggered the purchase of nine players. An injury to Daniel Sturridge added to the teams worries in the early part of the season and they were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stages.
Roberto Firmino has been bought to try to ignite a front-line that was found wanting last season. Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert never got beyond the fringe of the first team while Sturridge continued to be plagued by injury throughout the campaign. The £16 million spent on Mario Balotelli looked like a panic buy at the time and he never looked happy at any stage of the season. Firmino has over 140 appearances in the Bundesliga to his credit and will be expected to form a strong partnership with Sturridge.
With Steven Gerrard having moved on, these are changing times at Anfield. Having come so close to the lifting the Premiership title in 2013/14, the bar was set high last season. The seeds of doubt were set when Suarez departed in haste after his World Cup shame. Liverpool?s attempt to buy themselves out of a hole failed and they have been more careful with their cash this summer.
Rodgers insists that he has the final say over all transfers, even if there is something of a committee involved in the process. It remains to be seen whether their more frugal approach to the transfer market pays dividends.