What Liverpool Have Gotten Right and Wrong This Transfer Window

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What Liverpool Have Gotten Right and Wrong This Transfer Window
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To call this summer eventful for Liverpool gives too much credit to the word. In truth, you cannot encapsulate it that simply.

The last few months have been promising but also disappointing and, at times, embarrassing.

The club have taken giant steps forward. A clear strategy is emerging, a cohesive theme has emerged. At last this "project" we have heard so much about is taking shape.

But there have also been steps back.

The Reds have had to come to grips with the fact that theirs is no longer a first-tier brand in world football. And learning that lesson has been ugly.

The badge has essentially been dragged through the mud and we have all watched in slow-motion dismay.

It begins with high-profile targets turning down Liverpool for the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.

Yet, the most painful daggers are the ones that come from the back. Luis Suarez would do Shakespeare proud with his Brutus turn this summer.

In a bit of sad irony, the man who wants to leave because of the club's lack of ambition (among other reasons) has probably done more to tarnish the franchise's image and diminish its ability to make signings.

He wants to leave because the club will not make bigger signings—yet the club cannot make bigger signings, in part because as long as Suarez makes Liverpool look like a selling club, everyone will view them that way.

Thus, it is instructive to look at how we got here. The tale of two summers has been a (sigh) eventful one. Perhaps it is best to deconstruct the path to present, bit by bit. 

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