Liverpool will have looked on in relief at Nicolas Pepe's Arsenal antics at the weekend - as the reputation of transfer guru Michael Edwards continued to soar.

Edwards is held in high esteem as the man whose eye for a player helped Jurgen Klopp turn the Reds into European, world and then Premier League champions.

Thanks to the sporting director and his team, Liverpool's recent record in the transfer market is mightily impressive - with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah turning the Reds into world beaters.

And he is still working his wonders, with surprise summer signing Diogo Jota having scored eight goals in 12 appearances since his unexpected move from Wolves in September.

But Edwards' nous in the transfer market is highlighted as much by the players Liverpool didn't sign as the players he helped bring in.

Michael Edwards has helped mastermind a host of influential signings for Liverpool

And a perfect example is Pepe - whose Arsenal career is under threat just over a year after he joined the Gunners from Lille for a club-record £72million.

Liverpool were being heavily linked with a move for Pepe in last year's summer transfer window after the winger scored 23 goals in his breakthrough season for Lille.

He was becoming known as one of Europe's most promising young prospects, and sources in France cited Liverpool as the favourites to sign him.

But the newly crowned kings of Europe weren't interested - and Edwards contacted Lille himself to confirm that fact, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Nicolas Pepe's Arsenal career is under threat after his red card on Tuesday

Some fans had been eyeing Pepe as quality back-up to Salah and Sadio Mane, and there were concerns Klopp's side wouldn't have the strength in depth to compete with reigning champions Manchester City.

But Edwards stuck to the club's prudent transfer approach, and Liverpool rampaged to a 19th top-flight title with a club-record 99 points, blowing all competition out of the water.

Meanwhile, Pepe joined Arsenal and has struggled to justify his huge transfer fee ever since, scoring just eight goals in a all competitions.

Fast forward to this season, and the 25-year-old has made just two Premier League starts, and scored three goals in all competitions before his senseless headbutt on Leeds United's Ezgjan Alioski on Sunday.

Diogo Jota has showed Liverpool were shrewd to wait for the right player

His consequent red card earned him a three-match ban, a rollicking from manager Mikel Arteta - and potentially a long stretch out of the team unless he can convince the Arsenal boss that he can play a productive role going forward.

With the January transfer window looming, he may even be concerned for his Gunners future.

Contrast that with the form of Jota - who was seemingly signed as back-up for Liverpool's fearsome front three, but has made himself hard to leave out of the starting line-up ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash against Atalanta.

Under Edwards' expert guidance, the Reds waited for their men - and their prudence is paying off.