To sum up Liverpool’s summer transfer escapades in a nutshell; there’s a lot of tens, but no marquee.
One man who has been tipped by the tabloids to remedy that this January is PSG’s disillusioned playmaker Javier Pastore.
The Argentina international was one of the Parisians’ first Hollywood purchases, sourced from Palermo for a lofty £35million in summer 2012, and initially enjoyed relative success, netting 13 times in his inaugural Ligue 1 campaign.
The 24 year-old’s influence has continually waned since however, due to the pressure of his price-tag and the regular influx of expensive arrivals in the French capital, not to mention the fact room for him is relatively limited in Laurent Blanc’s three-man midfield.
But is this mercurial star really the man to propel the Reds to Champions League qualification?
Last term he found just four goals and six assists from attacking midfield, which is hardly what you’d describe as a noteworthy contribution considering PSG walked away with the French title.
Similarly, this year he’s struggled to have an impact on the first team and is yet to record any output in 13 appearances, barring two yellow cards.
Considering his lukewarm form over the last 18 months, the £17million-rated Pastore is a transfer punt that brings no guarantees of filling Liverpool’s ‘marquee signing’ void.