It’s deadline day for the Premier League, and while Liverpool are likely to preside over a very quiet end to the transfer window some deals should be completed.
Beyond that, it has only been loans and youth sales so far, and this is set to be the course of action ahead of the English deadline at 5pm (BST).
There has been considerable speculation over a move to Serie A for Dejan Lovren, with AC Milan heavily linked and AS Roma also mentioned, but little progress has been made yet.
Lovren was an unused substitute for the Community Shield defeat to Man City on Sunday, and as of now is in line to remain fourth-choice centre-back at Anfield.
The transfer window remains open in Italy until September 2, however, which raises the prospect of the Croatian leaving beyond this evening.
Suggestions in Switzerland on Wednesday were that AS Monaco were lining up a bid for Xherdan Shaqiri, worth up to £33 million, but all indications are that the 27-year-old will stay and play an important role.
Therefore, it should only be academy players who leave Merseyside before the deadline.
The most high-profile is Ryan Kent, who is subject of a pursuit by Leeds United, but with Liverpool valuing him at around £10 million it remains to be seen whether a deal will materialise.
If Kent stays, he is set to take up a squad role under Jurgen Klopp—at least until January.
Another on their way out is Herbie Kane, who spent last season with Doncaster Rovers in League One and is now expected to head to a Championship club on loan.
Hull City, now managed by ex-Rovers boss Grant McCann, have been the most vocal in their interest, but Brentford, Charlton, Millwall and Luton Town have also been linked.
Ovie Ejaria has also been touted with a switch to Brentford, with the 21-year-old available for in region of £3.5 million, though if a permanent deal is not agreed, he could stay with Liverpool’s under-23s.
The under-21s began their EFL Trophy campaign on Wednesday night and it was surprising to see Pedro Chirivella start and wear the captain’s armband.
After a half-season spent in limbo at Extremadura UD earlier this year, due to an administration error no less, Chirivella was considered a dead cert to leave either on loan or permanently.
But given he was still travelling with the young Reds less than 24 hours before the end of the English deadline, it could be that he stays or an agreement won’t surface until later in the month—when he could return to Spain, for example.
Two others tentatively linked with loan moves are Adam Lewis and Curtis Jones, who both shone against Oldham Athletic in midweek.
Lewis could be considered part of the extended first-team squad this season, but there is a case to argue Football League experience would aid his development.
Meanwhile, Jones’ prospects of leaving on a temporary basis may hinge on the 18-year-old agreeing a new contract, but at his age there is room to be patient.
A host of other minor surprises could unfold in the hours to come, with the futures of Shamal George, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Tony Gallacher and Anderson Arroyo among those up in the air.
The loan window for Football League sides is open until August 31, though most clubs will be looking to complete deals sooner rather than later.
But the one thing Liverpool fans should not expect, seemingly, is any more incomings.