Liverpool saw one leave and one return from loan on deadline day, but it could have been a busier end to the transfer window, with a £15 million bid rejected.
As transfer deadline days go, this was one of the least anticipated of Jurgen Klopp‘s tenure at Liverpool – and a low yardstick had already been set.
With the manager announcing his departure at the end of the season and sporting director Jorg Schmadtke seeing out his final day at the club on Thursday, few deals were expected.
In fact, the only confirmed transfer on deadline day was centre-back Billy Koumetio‘s late loan move to Blackburn.
Koumetio had seen his previous stint at USL Dunkerque terminated due to a lack of opportunities, and in reality, a move to the Championship seems unlikely to herald many more.
Another young defender returned from the briefest of loan spells, too, with Rhys Williams‘ stay at Port Vale lasting just 16 days due to injury.
Per the Mail, Forest offered £15 million for the backup goalkeeper as they searched for a new No. 1, but this was promptly rejected.
The Reds are said to value Kelleher at “in excess of £20 million,” with Forest instead sealing a deal with Strasbourg for Belgian stopper Matz Sels, worth around £5 million.
There was also a late decision to make over youngster Bobby Clark, who had attracted a number of clubs from the Football League.
But after coming off the bench in the 4-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday night, The Athletic’s James Pearce reported that the 18-year-old was “going nowhere.”
“Young midfielder [is] now regarded as [an] important part of Liverpool’s first-team [squad],” Pearce wrote on Twitter, citing “lots of loan interest.”
There were also clubs pursuing one of Clark’s team-mates at U21 level, winger Harvey Blair, who earlier in January had sides from England, Belgium and Denmark circling.
This Is Anfield understands any potential move for the 20-year-old fell through due to ongoing fitness issues.
Musialowski could still leave Merseyside this month, though, with the transfer window open in his native Poland until February 22 – though the forward has expressed his desire not to return at this stage in his career.