Sakho departure completes the deadline day deals for Liverpool

Mamadou Sakho's deal was announced in the early hours of September, 3 hours after the English transfer window closed shut and he moved permanently to Crystal Palace, the team he spent part of last season on loan with.

He became the 13th player sold for a fee in the transfer reign of Jurgen Klopp - the reds boss has now had 4 transfer windows in his almost 2 years as Liverpool boss.

He went for a fee believed to be £26M and takes his significant wages off the LFC accounts.

Also moving on were Divock Origi and Ryan Kent - both on loan to Germany for a season at Wolfsburg and Freiburg respectively.  The reds will receive a £6M loan fee for Origi - boosting the coffers.

Youth player Jordan Williams moved to Rochdale on loan until January.

The day had begun with confirmation of the deal to bring in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.  He is likely to be involved in England duty tonight and his introduction was brief - he stated he was pleased to join Liverpool and looking forward to heading up to Melwood.

Current LFC Squad List

Alex joins Mo Salah, Andy Roberton and Dominic Solanke as Liverpool's summer signings - their signings came to approximately £80M.

The outgoings, as well as Sakho and the two loans to Germany were Lucas Leiva (who played 31 times for LFC last season often as a stand in central defender), Kevin Stewart and Andre Wisdom.  They brought in around £45M in fees.

Several of the journalists who get told information from the club had been insistent that there would be a huge Liverpool warchest available after recent years of minor spending - but in the end spending was modest and it will be interesting to see how many of the signings go on to be first team staples in the year ahead.

With the departure of Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva, then the reds have lost cover in central defence - Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez likely to be backup for Lovren and Matip - although Gomez has been utilised as an attacking full back by Klopp.  Emre Can or James Milner have been suggested as potential players to fill any gap at centre-back.

Liverpool had been linked with Virgil van Dijk this summer, but it appears no bid ever materialised for the Southampton player.  The reds had to withdraw their interest after staff at Liverpool leaked information to the press surrounding a potential deal earlier this summer.

The Spanish transfer window closes tonight - a day later than the English window - but Philippe Coutinho is highly unlikely to leave Liverpool - a stance the clubs' owners have made from the outset.

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