Liverpool have sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a £75m in the latest chapter of a transfer window that is starting to bare a startling resemblance to Tottenham’s retrospectively-disastrous summer of 2013.
After selling their very own galactico, one Gareth Bale, the Lilywhites set about plugging the aching void in their souls with a string of expensive signings.
Broken-hearted and on the rebound, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli arrived for a combined £85m they have scarcely made a dent in paying back.
With the jury still out on £8.5m acquisition Vlad Chirches, only the late-flowering Christian Eriksen can truly be said to have delivered last term.
Now the cliché-merchants are putting in another massive order of “hindsight is 20/20” ahead of the new campaign, with the Reds seemingly having failed to heed the massive squad management and team-cohesion issues Tottenham’s bulk buying engendered.
In fact Liverpool haven’t even waited until the ink is dry on the departing Suarez’s ‘non football-related’ Camp Nou switch to begin their own shopping spree.
Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can have already arrived for a combined fee just short of £40m.
Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic are expected to join them for in excess of £40m more in the near future and, with a potential deal for Divock Origi still hanging in the air, that might not be the end of the tail.
It’s understandable that Brendan Rodgers is keen to bolster his squad with a stamina-draining Champions League season ahead.
Yet establishing an all-new hierarchy within those players on the roster will likely remain a work-in-progress long into the season, if not into the one after that, as it has at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool are 10/1 to win the Premier League next term and 7/10 to record a second consecutive top-four finish in 2014/15.