Liverpool have had to abandon their transfer strategy in signing Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak - but both moves make sense

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It was a policy that propelled Liverpool to the top of the European and English games. No compromise.

Jurgen Klopp landed his top transfer targets or no one. He would wait for them, even if it may cost Liverpool silverware in the short term. It was a strategy that nevertheless proved a spectacular success. It brought Virgil van Dijk and Alisson. Each has a claim to be the best in the world in his position. It is harder to imagine such claims would be made on behalf of whoever figured further down the respective goalkeeping and defensive shortlists.

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Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly also writes for the National, the Guardian, the Observer, the Straits Times, the Independent, Sporting Life, Football 365 and the Blizzard. He has written for the FourFourTwo website since 2018 and for the magazine in the 1990s and the 2020s, but not in between. He has covered 1500+ games and remembers a disturbing number of the 0-0 draws.