Dylan Gerstley discusses why the summer transfer window can be classified as a success.
The transfer window has ended and peace will soon be returned to the Liverpool fanbase, at least until the club’s next defeat. Many have bemoaned Klopp and the club’s transfer business in light of recent big summers from Manchester and the rest of the Premier League.
Klopp has constantly stated this money and name over fit and performance philosophy does not jive with his ideals. Sadio Mane, the most expensive Liverpool transfer this past summer, has already shown himself to be a perfect fit for the German’s style of play and well worth every penny.
Even though Klopp did not go out and sign the next Ronaldo, he did secure some very important signatures. Loris Karius, the young German goalkeeper from Mainz, is a promising signing and a relief to the fans in light of Simon Mignolet’s shabby performances in a Liverpool shirt. Karius broke his hand in preseason and will return to the fold very soon.
This is huge news for fans of the club. Much as Klopp says he does not care about fans anger over transfers, he is probably still very much looking forward to the ‘arrival’ of Karius, simply because the shot-stopper will essentially act as a brand new, exciting acquisition.
The keeper can hopefully absorb more than just opponent attacks but also fan criticism so it gives the team some breathing room to feel comfortable to perform. Karius is well regarded throughout Germany and there is no reason he should not be a success at Liverpool. His return from injury cannot come soon enough for Klopp.
Another important piece of business, or perhaps lack of business, is the fact that the club once again held onto Lucas Leiva. The Brazilian is the longest serving member of the squad at the Merseyside club and his knowledge, experience,and reported jovial nature should make settling in a breeze for the new arrivals as well as with some of the more promising academy products that train in the first team setup.
Even though fans do not necessarily appreciate what Lucas brings to the table, he can still act as some amazing, and much needed, squad depth. His defensive nous makes him a nice stop-gap solution in defensive midfield or as a center back. If Klopp chooses to rest some players during the grueling cup run (unlikely, as there are less games this season) Lucas could easily slot in and do a job while providing experience and leadership. Retaining the Brazilian should not be overlooked.
Fans can moan and groan all they want but in fact, it turned out to be a solid window from the club. It may not have addressed every weak area, but it addressed the squad well enough to make Liverpool a genuine contender. Fans misunderstand that the transfer market is simply not a free for all and that negotiating with stubborn clubs can be next to impossible. Klopp’s targets may not have been available as was the case with Mo Dahoud and Christian Pulisic.
Another reason this window has been successful is the successful sale of deadwood. Balotelli and Benteke stick out as the most relieving to be rid of, and now Klopp can begin to train in earnest with his handpicked bunch.
All in all, a lot to look forward to this season after, under the surface, a rather successful transfer window for Liverpool.