Liverpool are 7/20 to sign at least one more player before the transfer window closes, which looks a price worth being on considering boss Brendan Rodgers’ reluctance to rule out further business after his side’s 3-0 win at Spurs.
The Northern Irishman was coy when asked whether Sky’s presence would be required at the Reds’ Melwood training ground on deadline day, suggesting that his club had done most of their summer work early.
‘Most’ was clearly the operative word in that interview, and further talk from Rodgers that he may pick up ‘one more player’ gives an indication as to how hard the Anfield board are working on finalising what already looks a fine squad.
As to who that individual might be, Liverpool were recently linked with a cut-price switch for River Plate’s utility-back Eder Balanta, who played every minute of Colombia’s 4-1 win over Japan at the World Cup.
South American football expert Tim Vickery has stated that he expects the highly-rated 21-year-old to switch from Argentina to Europe in this window, so last year’s Premier League runners-up’s mooted €5.5m move for a player also thought to be interesting Barcelona could be on.
Liverpool are far from flush at the back and let former vice-captain Daniel Agger, who was linked with Manchester City and Arsenal, rejoin his first club Brondby last week, while fellow centre-half Sebastian Coates has been strongly linked with Sunderland.
Rodgers is expecting a few more departures before Monday is out, with Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi clearly unwanted, but where Brazil midfielder Lucas Leiva will ply his trade by tomorrow is difficult to foresee.
You can get 39/20 on Liverpool not signing another player before the deadline.