Liverpool were one of eight Premier League teams who did not add to their squad as the January transfer window came to a close on Tuesday, but huge money was spent elsewhere.
The Reds’ only signing of the winter was confirmed prior to the opening of the window at the end of 2022, with forward Cody Gakpo arriving from PSV for a fee in the region of £37 million.
And despite a clamour from many supporters for Liverpool to make more additions to their squad, particularly in midfield, the club opted against making further signings.
Deadline day signings in the Premier League
Arsenal – Jorginho £12m
Bournemouth – Illia Zabarnyi £24m, Hamed Junior Traore (loan)
Brighton – Yasin Ayari £3.5m
Chelsea – Enzo Fernandez £106.8m
Crystal Palace – Naouirou Ahamada £9.7m, Albert Sambi Lokonga (loan)
Fulham – Sasa Lukic £8m, Shane Duffy (undisclosed), Cedric Soares (loan)
Leicester – Harry Souttar £15m, Nathan Opoku (undisclosed)
Man United – Marcel Sabitzer (loan)
Newcastle – Harrison Ashby £3m
Nottingham Forest – Felipe (undisclosed), Jonjo Shelvey (undisclosed), Keylor Navas (loan)
Southampton – Kamaldeen Sulemana £22m, Paul Onuachu £15.8m
Tottenham – Pedro Porro (loan to buy for £40m)
Fernandez, who was Young Player of the Tournament for Argentina at the World Cup, had been linked with Liverpool in recent months, only for Chelsea to jump ahead of the queue by agreeing to pay a British record transfer fee.
The arrival of Fernandez caps off an astonishing month of spending from Graham Potter’s side, who spent more than £280m on eight players.
Bournemouth made the second-most expensive purchase of deadline day, with Illia Zabarnyi arriving for £24m from Dynamo Kyiv, while Southampton spent £22m to sign Kamaldeen Sulemana from Rennes, and £15.8m on Paul Onuachu from Genk.
Unsurprisingly, Nottingham Forest were active on the final day of the window, signing three players, including former Red Jonjo Shelvey, with Steve Cooper’s side having now signed 28 players since their promotion to the Premier League.