Fulham are now certainties for the drop

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Priority number one for Liverpool this summer?

Date: 6th February 2014 at 6:47pm
Written by Christy Malyan

The January transfer window was an incredibly frustrating month for Liverpool fans, and Brendan Rodgers too. The Reds were thought to be on the verge of signing highly-rated FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah -in fact, his Anfield move was alleged as complete as early as the 7th of January by some areas of the African media - but the Egyptian ace's transfer was hi-jacked in its latter stages by Premier League foes Chelsea. Ian Ayre then hopped on the first plane to Ukraine to source Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka as a direct replacement, but after three days of 'unbelievably complex' negotiations, returned to Merseyside empty-handed. How the Salah deal broke down, which was undoubtedly planned as the jewel signing in Liverpool's January crown, is still open to interpretation. Rodgers has hinted that financial boundaries got in the way, whilst Ayre has claimed Salah always had his sights set on Stamford Bridge. But essentially, the question of 'how' doesn't really matter. The question Liverpool fans are asking is why the club has now gone four transfer windows with Brendan Rodgers at the helm without securing  a single marquee signing. It's not an issue of quality as such. Oliver Smith, a contributor to ThisisAnfield.com, analysed the Merseyside club's summer transfer escapades as 'No Marquee signings, but Brendan Rodgers still gets a B+'. I'd certainly subscribe to that grading to some extent. Big names may have been absent, but Simon Mignolet's consistent performances since joining Liverpool in a ... Read More

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