Liverpool FC have this afternoon confirmed that Sotirios Kyrgiakos had left the club and joined Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg on a free transfer.
While it's been rumoured all summer that Kyrgiakos would be leaving, the timing of this deal is slightly surprising. It would seem to point to the likelihood that Liverpool will, as reported, be signing a new central defender before the end of the transfer window.
The Greek defender made 49 appearances for the Reds, scoring three goals after signing from AEK Athens in August 2009. While he was never a regular starter for Liverpool he did turn in some good performances during his time at the club, and in January of 2010 he was voted fan's man of the match in three matches out of four. He also performed heroically at the end of last season when he came on for an injured Jamie Carragher and helped an inexperienced Liverpool defence hold firm against a rampant Arsenal attack at the Emirates.
So with The Big Greek gone, the question is who will Liverpool buy to replace him in the squad? Gary Cahill, Ryan Shawcross and Scott Dann are the three most frequently rumoured players to be coming to Anfield, although in the last day or so reports have surfaced that the hugely talented twenty-year-old Uruguayan Sebastian Coates, who played a key role in his country's triumph at the recent Copa America, may be about to join his countryman Luis Suarez at Anfield. A fee of £6 million has been mentioned for the Nacional player, and that would represent a fantastic piece of business for Liverpool.