Winners and losers from the transfer window

The transfer market can be a chaotic but occasionally rather predictable place

The transfer market can be a chaotic but occasionally rather predictable place

Having been a player at Liverpool, I certainly know that the club and its supporters demand success.

However there were a few clubs hell bent on making sure Jim White could say the words "we're just hearing" with promoted sides Wolves and Fulham amongst the few who did anything of interest, and that was a theme of the whole window. They've now strengthened better than anyone this summer. Leicester forced attack after attack, but each one failed to bring the foxes equal.In his debut in the Premier League, youngster James Maddison, who signed this summer from Norwich city, looked very impressive.

Nearly every top-flight club strengthened their squad either on deadline day or in the weeks before, the clear exception being Tottenham Hotspur who set a record for being the first top-flight English club since the summer window was introduced in 2003 not to bring in a single new name to bolster the squad.

Tottenham Hotspurs was the only team in the league to not have signed any player in the current transfer window.

It's a new dawn and a new era for many clubs.

World football governing body Fifa is hoping to introduce a standardised global transfer window that would reduce the disadvantage felt this summer by many Premier League clubs, whose opportunity to buy players ended prematurely yesterday compared with their European rivals.

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Sunday's early kick off sees Liverpool take on West Ham United at Anfield, with manager Jurgen Klopp set to give a Premier League debut to new goalkeeper Alisson.

With a flurry of left-field deals rather than a slew of blockbuster signings, the summer transfer window closed for English clubs yesterday.

Newcastle have again made a profit from player trading thanks to the sales of Mitrovic and Mikel Merino, with Benitez expressing his concern for the Magpies' prospects this season after a 4-0 friendly thrashing by Braga earlier this month. Without a new TV deal that increases the amount of cash available, this window was always due to plateau. "I suspect that is due to clubs increasing their prices as the world's richest club came knocking and United simply refused to be held to ransom".

He said this was possible after the pair returned in flawless condition from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"It does seem to have shifted the market up, especially after Philippe Coutinho moved for £140m+ from Liverpool to Barcelona".

Manchester United - Mourinho spent much of the close-season complaining - about everything - and his board's failure to land any first-team signings other than Brazil global Fred looks set to be a bone of contention for the Manchester United manager.

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