Jorg Schmadtke may be forced to tear up Liverpool’s transfer strategy because of Fabinho

The most effective policies are always the best until they aren’t. Now Liverpool may have no option but to rethink an approach to the transfer market that has served them well for much of the recent era.

Under the guidance of manager Jurgen Klopp and with owners Fenway Sports Group managing the finances, the Reds’ recruitment team have honed a well-defined strategy in terms of the transfer market.

The preference for bringing in younger talent with the ability to improve both themselves and the team – and still have potential resale value – has meant that only one of the last 18 outfield signings since Xherdan Shaqiri was brought in five years ago has been over the age of 25.

The arrivals of the summer, 24-year-old Alexis Mac Allister and 22-year-old Dominik Szoboszlai continue the trend after the arrival of Cody Gakpo in January and, the year before, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay, Fabio Carvalho and Ben Doak.

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The exception, of course, is Thiago Alcantara, who was already 29 and a player with a solidly established winning streak when he moved from Bayern Munich for £27.4m almost three years ago.

But Liverpool now find themselves once again in a position where immediate squad improvement may require them to temporarily ditch their tried-and-true approach.

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