Two new centre-backs – Preston’s Ben Davies and young Turkish international Ozan Kabak – signed before last night’s deadline, and one existing stalwart (Joel Matip) was then confirmed as out for the season, to make for all three of the Reds’ specialist centre-halfs ruled out for the entire campaign, with the 4th-choice also currently injured. Having already used 16 different centre-back pairings in the season, it seems the number will now top 20. Will this be some kind of record?
In addition, Takumi Minamino joined Southampton on loan, and so there’s a lot to unpack, and I’ll do my best to make sense of a hectic 24 hours and what it means for the club moving forward. The pros and cons will be covered in this subscriber-only article.