Liverpool may have spent lavishly on Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, but some smart negotiating has seen them recoup it all and more in player sales.
Their reported expenditure of almost £62m is undoubtedly sizeable, but in modern football parlance it represents something of a modest sum. To underline exactly how this is the case, they’ve managed to avoid selling any star players, yet recouped the entire outlay, plus a further £11m net profit.
After generating such figures selling unwanted members of the squad exclusively, the extraordinary exploits of Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool transfer team are deserving of huge plaudits, but there’s plenty of deadwood left within the Reds ranks still up for grabs.
Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Stoke City and Watford are among those to profit from Klopp’s desire to trim his squad and with many of their top-tier rivals still looking to strengthen, the roster could get a whole lot thinner yet.
Spanish winger Luis Alberto is said to be close to signing for Lazio in a rumoured £6m deal, but the futures of many of those he’s leaving behind in the Liverpool reserve ranks remain unresolved.
Untouchable Italian Mario Balotelli is without doubt the most high profile. He’s linked daily to an ever more ridiculous outpost, though has so far proved incapable of securing as much as a loan switch away from Anfield.
Mamadou Sakho is thought to have pushed Klopp’s patience past breaking point with a handful of pre-season misdemeanours that came a short time after the suspension he was forced to serve for failing a drugs test.
Tiago Illori is another seemingly unwanted centre-back who, akin to Sakho, is yet to feature in four matches so far this term, while once revered youngster Andre Wisdom doesn’t appear to be held in especially high regard either.
In midfield, the future doesn’t look bright for Lucas Leiva, with Wijnaldum’s arrival necessitating a reshuffle that, combined with the emergence of Kevin Stewart, leaves little room for the Brazilian in his preferred position.
Winger Lazar Markovic must be on the way out too having failed to force his way back into contention after his loan to Fenerbahce last time around, while the scrap for frontline spots is being dominated by Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mane at the moment.
With Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi first and second in the queue backing up the trio, the need to keep Danny Ings isn’t obvious either.
Any of these could feasibly depart before the transfer deadline passes, with just a few moves likely to propel Liverpool’s incomings north of the £100m mark in asset sales alone.