As the Hammers have been promoted to the Premier League this season, Liverpool won't have to make an effort to see what they lost out on after being previously linked with the powerful Senegalese, who has gone to West Ham for free.
Liverpool Football Club has been linked with a number of players this summer, like always. While Brendan Rodgers is making the right noises, Liverpool's business agenda with respect to player recruitment has been all too familiar. The Reds have, in the past, lost out on their No. 1 targets because of their inability, or maybe just simple disregard, for acting quickly.
With the repercussions that Liverpool faced during Lucas Leiva's injury last season, it is all too evident that Rodgers needs to ensure a recruit for the central midfield position, at least, if not the defensive midfield one. Gylfi Sigurdsson is a great attacking midfielder, but he will not be able to do the work that the Brazilian Lucas does for Liverpool.
Other specialist defensive midfielders at the moment, such as Yann M'Villa, will cost a fortune. Liverpool should have shown more consideration to Diame's situation.
The silver lining that Liverpool fans could probably take from this is that maybe Brendan Rodgers is not looking to play with a specialist defensive midfielder. Perhaps all three central midfielders in Rodgers' 4-3-3 will be conventional box-to-box players.
Thus, we may look at a new look Liverpool midfield not only in terms of personnel, but strategy and movement as well. I have always longed to see Lucas in a more attacking role. I may finally have my wish.