Liverpool’s transfer window has been pitch perfect so far. They are well ahead of all of their top 6 rivals. Among Premier League teams, only Arsenal and West Ham can claim to have done as much as Klopp’s team in the transfer window. Liverpool have not only strengthened their squad in terms of numbers but have brought in solid, quality players.
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Since 2014, the Merseyside club have signed 6 players from Southampton, leading to mockery as Southampton was branded Liverpool’s “academy”. The Saints’ academy are actually well reputed for producing amazing talent and Liverpool have broken the bank recently to get some of them. The results have been mixed but 4 of those signings have been excellent for the club: Lovren, Clyne, Mane and Van Dijk.
Now it would seem Liverpool are courting AS Roma’s superstars. After the fruitful signing of Mo Salah last year, Brazilian international Alisson Becker, fresh from impressing with Brazil at the World Cup, has joined the ranks as the new Numero Uno at Anfield. Roma certainly have more talent in the squad than Southampton and having a good relationship with the Italian club could help facilitate further quality transfers further down the line for Liverpool.
After having criticized Manchester United’s spending when Paul Pogba was brought back from Juventus, Jurgen Klopp had to take back his words. His own club has now spent 75m pounds on center back Van Dijk only. Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson did not come for cheap either. The latter is now the most expensive keeper in the World at a reported 66m fee.
We don’t care what the world around us is thinking. Like Manchester United didn’t care what I said. […] It is only an opinion in that moment. Did I change my opinion? Yes. That is true. But it is better to change your opinion than never have one. We have the players we want. – Jurgen Klopp
All this was enabled by the sale of Coutinho to Barcelona as well as Klopp’s success in reaching the Champions League final last year. With a squad from which very little was expected at the beginning of the season, the German tactician managed to not only reach the final but destroyed teams like Porto and Manchester City on the way. The Firmino-Mane-Salah trio was key to that. Now, Klopp will have a much better midfield to match his 3 prolific attackers. The squad depth has been immensely improved, compared to the threadbare one which played in last year’s Champions League.
The only hiccup in Klopp’s preparation for the new season is Chamberlain’s long absence. The 40m signing from Arsenal showed why he was signed for such a big fee last season. When everybody is fit, this could be Klopp’s best XI:
Not bad, eh?
In the absence of Chamberlain, Wijnaldum might he tapped in. Henderson and Milner are other options in midfield.
Another transfer which has been more low-key than the others but still important is the capture of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri for the paltry sum of 13m pounds. The former Stoke forward will provide cover for Mane and Salah and also allows Klopp to play with a number 10 behind Firmino when needed.
Add to this the resurgence of striker Daniel Sturridge, whom Klopp seems to be trusting again in the preseason and Liverpool’s team is a very well rounded one. Jurgen Klopp has obtained all of his desired players. Except maybe for Fekir but with the current offensive options, the World Cup winner might not be needed anymore at Anfield. The best part is Liverpool have all of their transfer business done early. They will be ready for the start of the EPL.
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