The Anfield club’s biggest signings this summer have been their own players and that’s just the way their manager likes it
The player Ole Gunnar Solskjær bought on deadline day was originally bought by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003. The one recruited by Kenny Dalglish in 2011 put pen to paper for Jürgen Klopp. The differences between Cristiano Ronaldo and Jordan Henderson are manifold but one is that the Liverpool captain never left the club where he won the Premier League and the Champions League.
If Ronaldo is Manchester United’s marquee signing, Henderson is a symbol of Liverpool’s contrasting attitude. They are the continuity club in the probable title race, the exception to the rule in a culture of consumption. Chelsea have bought Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City the £100m man Jack Grealish, United the glamorous trio of Jadon Sancho, Raphaël Varane and Ronaldo.
Liverpool have acquired only Ibrahima Konaté . . .