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Liverpool quietly made four transfer deadline day decisions as deal cancelled after two weeks

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Liverpool quietly made four transfer deadline day decisions as deal cancelled after two weeks

 

Liverpool had a quiet January transfer window, with the news of Jürgen Klopp’s departure dominating the headlines. But there were some deadline day calls.

 

Liverpool wrapped up two last-minute deals on deadline day to finish off the January transfer window. Like most Premier League clubs, Liverpool had a quiet January, choosing to sit back and prepare for the summer.

 

The big news of Jürgen Klopp’s departure along with his staff and sporting director Jörg Schmadtke was the talk of the town in January. This also shifted the focus on transfers to the summer, when Klopp’s replacement will have a say on new signings.

 

It’s worth noting that Liverpool is currently leading the Premier League and is still competing in all four tournaments. With Andy Robertson back from injury, there wasn’t much need to strengthen Klopp’s team.

So, Liverpool decided to reshuffle its loan players, moving them between clubs. Nat Phillips was called back from Celtic and then sent to Cardiff; Fábio Carvalho returned from RB Leipzig to go to Hull; Calvin Ramsay came back from Preston to join Bolton, and James Balagizi was recalled from Wigan and sent to Kilmarnock.

 

Despite the general satisfaction, there was some action on deadline day involving Liverpool. In line with the above, Billy Koumetio moved to Blackburn on deadline day after being recalled from USL Dunkerque earlier in the window.

 

Rhys Williams’ loan to Port Vale was cut short just two weeks in due to an injury. The young defender will now be recovering at the AXA Training Centre.

 

Liverpool could have made a transfer on deadline day, but it didn’t agree with Nottingham Forest’s $19m (£15m/€18m) offer for Caoimhín Kelleher. It also turned down loan interest in Bobby Clark.

 

Even though Kelleher is second to Alisson Becker, he’s shown he’s a good replacement. The 25-year-old keeper has played 33 times for the first team, and 12 of those were this season, with Klopp picking him for the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

Klopp had lots of good things to say about Kelleher after he played in the Carabao Cup semi-final win over Fulham. “Caoimhín is a top, top, top, top goalie,” he said. “When Ali is fit, then he doesn’t have a lot of games. So, when I want to give him desperately the opportunity to play because it’s important for development then he’s on top of that. He’s always there, giving absolutely everything… but, either way, it’s the same.”

 

He’s not going anywhere yet as his contract lasts until June 2026. He is expected to play the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.

 

Here are the deals Liverpool made in January:

 

Fábio Carvalho – Hull City, loan

 

Rhys Williams – Port Vale, loan (since returned)

 

Nat Phillips – Cardiff City, loan

 

Calvin Ramsay – Bolton, loan

 

Billy Koumetio – Blackburn Rovers, loan

 

Liverpool.com says: In the end, while still quiet, it was a reasonably busy deadline day for Liverpool. The easiest decision would have been cutting short Rhys Williams’ loan after the unfortunate injury setback, but every other call required some thought.

 

It’s a balancing act with Bobby Clark. After all, Conor Bradley has shown the value of a good loan, but the former Newcastle youngster is getting minutes with the squad right now, so it makes sense that Klopp ultimately chose to keep him around.

Had Nottingham Forest given Liverpool more time, then perhaps a Kelleher deal could have happened, but there would have been no time to sort a replacement or even really agree a fair price. The bid that came in was on the low side, given that James Trafford moved for more.

As for Koumetio, moving him was a bit of a no-brainer. The surprise is that he’s got such a good deal, with Blackburn a great destination for him after failed moves at a lower level. The big center-half has shown promise at Liverpool before, so hopefully this is the loan switch that really sticks.

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