Top 5 Liverpool signings of the Klopp Era
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Top 5 Liverpool signings of the Klopp Era

29/02/24 20:53

Jurgen Klopp has won almost every trophy available in his time at Liverpool, with only the Europa League evading him. In his time at the club many players have come and gone but a few were simply exceptional.

Here are top five Liverpool signings in the Klopp Era:

5. Sadio Mane

In Klopp’s first summer window Mane was bought for a reported 31 million pounds plus add-ons, with many questioning whether they overpaid at the time. The Senegalese sharp-shooter quickly proved the doubters wrong as he scored a terrific solo goal on his debut against Arsenal at the Emirates in a 4-3 win. With the benefit of hindsight, we can now laugh at that fee compared to the market of today as any player of Mane’s quality would be going for at least triple that now. In his time at Liverpool he racked up a total of 120 goals and 38 assists across 269 games and was a key member of one of the most feared front three’s in Premier League history. Maybe one of his strike partners will feature later…

4. Andy Robertson

Only one word suits this transfer and that word is bargain. Liverpool faced no competition for the Scotsman’s signature in 2017 when he signed from Hull and since then he has been a mainstay in the Liverpool back-four. For a fee of just £10 million pounds it’s hard to think of a better deal in recent years. His aggression and relentlessness on the left-hand-side has been crucial for Liverpool since he joined the Reds. With the way football is now, we may never see a signing like this again but Robertson will certainly go down as one of the best signings in Premier League history. His longevity alone makes him a fantastic signing but the fact he has probably been the best left back in the country for some time makes it unbelievable.

3. Virgil Van Dijk

People tend to forget the discussion around van Dijk’s fee when he came in from Southampton, with Man City fans saying they were glad they didn’t sign him because he was too expensive. However, It’s rare to witness a signing as impactful as this one. From the moment he came in success was no longer a dream for Liverpool. Liverpool were already the pressing attacking side which Klopp wanted, but defensively they just weren’t at the level to compete for silverware. Van Dijk’s signing made that success possible, with his performances for the Merseyside club putting him in conversations amongst the likes John Terry and Nemanja Vidic as the best ever Premier League centre back. Van Dijk signing was the turning point for Liverpool where they changed from title pretenders to title believers.

2. Alisson Becker

Another signing which looked risky at the time. Alisson became the most expensive keeper for a short while before Kepa joined Chelsea and, unlike the latter, Alisson has proved his worth. He is probably the best goalkeeper in the world right now, which is a statement which should be difficult to say, but the truth is he’s been so good, that there is no debate. Just look at this season, statistically Liverpool have an xGA (expected goals against) of 32.81 which is the third best in the league behind Manchester City and Liverpool. The reason they are top of the league is the fact that they are over-performing their xGA by an astonishing 7.81 goals and as a result have the second most clean sheets in the league. Alisson has been heroic for Liverpool, even when they had an off year in the 20-21 season he managed to get them into the top 4 by scoring a header against West Brom. He is always there to save his team. Alisson is a once in a generation keeper, he is calm on the ball, deals with pressure and is an outrageous shot-stopper. He is the complete package when it comes to goalkeepers and after the failures of Mignolet and Karius I think it’s fair to say Alisson is the signing which took Liverpool over the line to win the title.

1. Mohamed Salah

The easiest decision was who took the number one spot. Mohamed Salah has been nothing short of exceptional in the 6 and a half years he has spent in the Premier League. It may seem insignificant but before Haaland it was Salah who broke Andy Cole’s record of goals in a Premier League season. The Egyptian never wasted any time in a Liverpool shirt and he’s been firing in the goals ever since he signed for them. He’s already made it into the top five scorers in Liverpool history ahead of greats like Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Kenny Dalglish. Salah became the figurehead of Liverpool, he was the superstar which led their rise to the greatest trophies on offer. It’s hard to imagine Klopp’s Liverpool without Salah as his playing style perfectly encapsulated Klopp’s team’s; fast, aggressive and relentless pressure. Salah will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the Premier League greats and his name will be sung in Anfield for years to come. Salah truly is the Egyptian King.

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