Liverpool's search for defensive reinforcements ended successfully on deadline day as the club paid €19m (£16m) for Mamadou Sakho and £7m for the Sporting Lisbon centre-back Tiago Ilori. Victor Moses's arrival on a season-long loan from Chelsea completed a productive finale for the Anfield club.
Sakho had only 12 months remaining on his contract at Paris Saint-Germain but with the French champions reluctant to part company with their homegrown talent, Liverpool offered one of the most costly deals for a defender in their history to land the 23-year-old.
The France international, concerned his World Cup prospects might suffer amid fierce competition at PSG, can play in central defence or at left-back and was the 2010-11 young player of the year in France. He represents the young, commanding defender that the manager, Brendan Rodgers, has been seeking all summer.
Liverpool also landed the 20-year-old Ilori. The London-born defender has represented Portugal at Under-18, -19 and -20 level and helped take Liverpool's overall summer spend to £44.8m, with £28.7m recouped in sales.
Moses completed Rodgers's search for a fresh, wide option, Liverpool having sold Stewart Downing this summer and missed out on Willian. Moses was deemed surplus to requirements for the season at Chelsea but there is no option to buy for Liverpool next summer. Fabio Borini, Rodgers's first signing as Liverpool manager for £10.5m, was due to join Sunderland on loan and Dani Pacheco signed for the Spanish second division side AD Alcorcón for an undisclosed fee.