Liverpool found themselves needing attacking depth in the summer and were looking for players who would perhaps be happier to play second fiddle and wouldn’t cost the earth.
That’s easier said than done, even for a club of Liverpool’s stature, but Jurgen Klopp brought in Xherdan Shaqiri on a bargain deal from recently relegated Stoke City.
There were fears that the Swiss playmaker may not fit into Klopp’s all-action gameplan but he is making the most of his bit-part role and offering a different dimension when he gets off the bench.
That success may tempt the German back into the market for another cut-price forward deal to offer backup and cover for his flying front three.
If he is, then Athletic Bilbao’s 25-year-old wideman Iker Muniain could provide a similar coup. The Spaniard’s contract is up at the end of the season, so Klopp could well line up a free transfer.
Muniain has four La Liga goals to his name already this season and can operate as either a left winger or false nine.
Some may remember his goal which put Manchester United to the sword in 2012, as Bilbao secured a 3-2 Old Trafford win under Marcelo Bielsa.
He has plenty of experience and still time left to grow so a cut-price deal would be another coup.