A look at some useful transfer targets that got away from Liverpool this summer.
Liverpool followed up a good January with an even more impressive summer in the transfer market, with manager Brendan Rodgers bringing in some high-class additions such as Simon Mignolet, Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses to strengthen his side. The Reds have been rewarded for their work with a good start in the Premier League, and already look a more formidable side than in previous seasons.
Still, over the whole season will they regret missing out on some of these targets? The club could arguably done done with a bit more in midfield and upfront, and there are some quality players who ended up moving elsewhere or simply stayed put. Here is a list of five more players that Liverpool could have done with this season.
5. Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
Highly-rated young midfielder Victor Wanyama attracted a lot of attention after some fine form in the SPL with Celtic, and perhaps surprised a few people by eventually deciding on Southampton as his next move. Liverpool were one of many teams to show an interest in the Kenyan, along with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, and it is clear he would have given their midfield engine room something a little different.
Although Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard are an excellent pairing on their day, Wanyama would give a physical presence that Lucas perhaps lacks, and he arguably has the potential to be an even better player. Lucas, of course, has been unlucky with injuries as well in recent years, and Rodgers is perhaps unwise to rely on him for a whole season. Wanyama will no doubt move on to a bigger club again in the future if he continues to impress at Southampton, and perhaps Liverpool will be in for him again when that happens, though for now they have missed out on a top young talent.