The winter transfer window is never the busiest one, but some clubs do beef-up their options in the areas that they?ve identified weak links in their sides through the first half of the season.
It often takes January signings a while to settle in, and they often don?t perform at their optimum levels while they get used to the physicality and busy fixture list in the UK.
Many of the big clubs have struggled in one position or another and both Manchester clubs, Liverpool FC and Chelsea were all expected to make some big name signings to fill in the positions that they had identified as problem areas.
Liverpool FC has had an interesting season so far with the sacking of Brendan Rogers and the excitement of hiring Jurgen Klopp, amongst quite a lengthy list of injuries ? most notably of Daniel Sturridge.
Jurgen Klopp stated that he would give his players until the end of the season to convince him of their value and he would the start rebuilding the team in the summer. Therefore it was unlikely that the club were going to splash out the cash in January. But as usual rumours will persist and some proved to be true, whilst others failed to materialize.
Let?s take a look:
The one persistent rumour that wouldn’t budge, was Klopp’s admiration of Alex Teixeira – Shakhtar Donetsk’s dynamic, Brazilian forward. Although negotiations opened with the Ukrainians, it seems that their 52 million pound valuation was just too high for Liverpool to consider.
Steven Caulker is a centre back from Queens Park Rangers, who Klopp has brought in on loan for the rest of the season. Although he is a centre back, Caulker has been deployed further up field for his first few matches for the Anfield club.
Marko Grujic is a 19 year old Serbian footballer, bought by Liverpool with a high level of expectation surrounding the boy and his undeniable talent. The midfielder has been loaned back to Red Star Belgrade for the rest of the season to continue his development.
Although neither of the signings this January window were huge, not much activity was expected from the reds. However, we expect to see the allure of the red shirt, such as those found at uksoccershop.com, to entice a few big name football players to Anfield in the summer.