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Now the white noise of the ‘non-football’ season has finished the Premier League needs Jürgen Klopp’s side to make the next eight months feel less predictable

Well, at least that’s all over. Anyone who loves football will of course hate the transfer window, which rather than simply “slamming shut” should instead be abolished permanently along with agents, loan deals, signing-on fees, release clauses, theatrically over-excited men behind lighted desks, people who celebrate transfers as though witnessing some profound human achievement, medicals with hair-gelled men lying on tables doing the thumbs-up with wires clamped to their nipples, want-away aces, stay-away aces, open letters to the fans, car parks, children in car parks, children, cars, one-year deals, three-year deals, running down contracts, entourages, managers, chairmen, players, television, money and people.

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