First it was Glyfi Sigurdsson, then it was Clint Dempsey, then it was Willian, then it was Mkhitaryan and now it is Mohamed Salah. What do these moves all have in common? Liverpool instigated talks with the aforementioned players and their respective clubs long before any other team was interested; yet, due to wanting to spend the bear minimum, Liverpool have missed out on each player.
Whilst missing out on Sigurdsson and especially Dempsey, can be viewed as blessings in disguise, Willian and Mkhitaryan have enjoyed strong starts to their careers at their new clubs and would have boosted the level of depth Liverpool have on the wings.
Mohamed Salah would have also strengthened the depth Liverpool have on the wings. Currently only Sterling can claim to be a top quality natural winger; others such as Coutinho, Henderson and Moses are either not natural wingers or in Moses's case, a natural winger but not good enough for a Champions League chasing team.
Given that Liverpool are also desperately in need of a midfield player who can score frequently, Salah would have filled many gaps within the team, even though it can be argued Liverpool's defensive side of the game needed more attention than the offensive.
In fact, it is because another deal has fallen through for Liverpool in this manner that their chances of signing another player in January is jeopardized.
What the Salah deal and all the others of its ilk reveal is that Liverpool are overly cautious when it comes to moving in the transfer market and it leads to baffling transfers when they do eventually go through.
Point and case? Basel rated Salah at £11 million and Liverpool balked at the price. Willian and Mkhitaryan were rated above £20 million, whilst Sigurdsson's move broke down over wages, whilst Dempsey's proposed move fell through because Liverpool would not pay the required fee due to his age (Liverpool reluctantly buy players over the age of 25).
Considering Liverpool are just this season getting over the scars £20 million signing Stewart Downing and British record holder £35 million Andy Carroll, it is very much understandable why Liverpool want to save every penny possible in deal. However, whilst financial responsibility is all fine and dandy, it should not come at the cost of signing weaker players; unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened on several occasions.
Luis Alberto £7 million, Tiago Ilori £7 million, Iago Aspas £7 million, Oussama Assaidi £3 million, Aly Cissokho and Victor Moses on loan are all but a few players brought in recent seasons for relatively small sums of money, but they have added absolutely nothing to the Liverpool cause.
Between them they only have 23 Premier League starts; Liverpool have played 22 this season. There is a reason why the adage quality over quantity was invented and it is because quality wins you matches, whilst quantity only ensures the quality has more dross to carry.
To put that into more quantifiable terms, Liverpool have had numerous injuries to the first team, therefore the likes of Suarez and Sturridge have had to carry a whole load of ineffective players because the replacement players are not good enough to perform at this level (at least consistently).
Aly Cissokho is perhaps the biggest symbol of this. With Jose Enrique injured for a long spell, Cissokho's poor form has seen right backs Glen Johnson, Jon Flanagan and even center backs Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho take his place at left back. Whenever Cissokho has played, he simply reminds everyone why is isn't favoured to begin with.