It feels like yesterday that Liverpool, Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres were lighting the Premier League up and dominating in European competitions. Of course times have changed and they have spent a few years in a "crisis" of some sorts. Brendan Rodgers is in his second year as Liverpool manager, and the changes he has implemented are starting to take serious shape.
For years Liverpool fans have been moaning about their lack of a competitive team, but what do you expect when you lose players like Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso, and replace them with the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing. But the days of expensive and wasteful signings appear to be over. This window Liverpool have added several new players, got rid of average ones and made the changes needed to restart their assault towards becoming a top Premier League team once again.
Towards the end of the transfer window, Liverpool secured the signing of defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Llori for a combined fee believed to be around £25m. The duo are highly regarded defenders that will help Liverpool gain strength in depth, as well as improve their team now and in the future. Also at the end of the window they secured the one-year loan signing of Chelsea winger Victor Moses, a signing that could have a big impact for them. Moses is a tricky player, and like Daniel Sturridge, could benefit from leaving his bit part role behind for more first team chances.
Liverpool have eradicated their weaknesses, beaten rivals Manchester United 1-0 and took their place at the top of the Premier League. Although they aren't likely to win the league this season, they could once again qualify for the Champions League and continue to build a team capable of challenging for top honours in the future. It's early days, but Brendan Rodger's rebuilding plan is looking like a successful one, and don't forget they've still got the return of Luis Suarez to help this transition.