Liverpool Transfer News: Ranking Reds' Monday's Transfer Signings

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 3, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool completed the summer transfer window in a blaze by adding three players to the roster. 

The Reds have welcomed Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori via transfers and Victor Moses on loan. 

Liverpool proudly paraded their acquisitions on Instagram:

After Liverpool's fantastic start to the EPL, with their recent 1-0 triumph over Manchester United they have now won all three matches, these additions will make the fan base extremely excited.

And I think they were all quality additions. I'll discuss and rank them below.

No. 3: Tiago Ilori

Ilori is a raw and inexperienced centre-back. The 20-year-old has made only 14 appearances for Sporting Lisbon's senior side, but is ripe with a potential and a nice fit in Liverpool.

He's skilled on the ball and can handle pressure. He's also a solid passer with great vision and a natural ability to get the ball up the pitch.

At 6'2" he has the size and strength to handle the position, and he will only get stronger as he matures. Also, his right foot adds nice balance to the left-footed players boss Brendan Rodgers has been acquiring. 

With his youth and inexperience, this move is more about the future than the present, but his potential makes the move well worth it.

No. 2: Victor Moses

Liverpool's one loan move of these three additions was a necessity.

Moses brings the versatility to play several positions, although with the senior squad at Chelsea he's been used almost exclusively as a winger, and that is exactly what Liverpool needed.

The only natural wingers Rodgers had at his disposal prior to this mover were Raheem Sterling, Luis Alberto and Jordon Ibe. That simply wasn't going to cut it.

Moses is not a natural scorer, but he is good with the ball and a quality passer. Liverpool have enough scoring options, mainly Luis Suarez, that finding a passer on the wing was more important than a scorer.

Moses is a nice stop gap move, and he will have a useful role this season.

No. 1: Mamadou Sakho

Without a doubt, the biggest talent the Reds added was Sakho. The 23-year-old, like Ilori, is best suited to a centre-back role, although Sakho is far more ready for immediate action. Sakho is a skilled passer, and he is a true weapon with the ball.

He will provide nice insurance for Daniel Agger and has the talent to be his long-term replacement.

This move is not without risk. Sakho can make bad decisions while suffering lapses in judgement. However, it is reasonable to assume he will improve in this area as he gets more consistent playing time.

At the worst, Sakho brings competent depth. At the best, he becomes a fixture in the back for Liverpool for years to come. 


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