Reviewing Liverpool’s summer signings six months on

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Ross Barkley of Everton challenges Ragnar Klavan of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.
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Alex Rogers reviews the signings that Jurgen Klopp made in the summer transfer window just under six months ago.

It’s been just about half a year since we’ve recruited our new boys, which includes our majestic Joel Matip, the silky Sadio Mané and hard as nails Ragnar Klavan, but how have all of our new signings faired? Well, most of them have done surprisingly well!

But the signing that has impressed me the most personally is Matip. God, what a man! How refreshing is it to have a centre-half where we aren’t crossing our fingers that he won’t make a mistake.

Despite a bit of an injury concern as of late for our towering Cameroonian, in every single game he has played he has been fantastically solid! There’s even a shout that he is among the best centre backs in the league and to think he was completely free! One of the bargains of the season without a doubt.

And what about Mané? I don’t think there’s a Liverpool fan in the world that hasn’t fallen in love with the guy. Having eight league goals for Liverpool this season, which also makes him the highest goal scorer for us so far, he’s already shown that he was well worth his high price tag.

When he’s not scoring goals for us, he’s wreaking havoc in the opposing team’s defence, dragging players out of position, being unpredictable and genuinely just a pain in the arse for the unlucky defenders that come up against him. Love him.

Also, scoring the winning goal against Everton in the 94th minute is every young Liverpool fan’s dream! Actually, it still is my dream! Slightly jealous of my man, Sadio.

And now we come to the most controversial name on the list, love him or hate him, it’s Loris Karius. It does kill me to see him on the bench, but it’s most likely the best decision for him and the team. Getting him out of the firing line is best while he gets his confidence back and works to get his number one spot back.

It was getting very worrying when Karius was having “one of those days” nearly everyday. But I still have complete confidence that when Karius reclaims his starting spot, he’ll be our number one for years and years to come. He has far too much talent and potential to give up on.

Now, Ragnar Klavan has been a nice addition to the team. While having one of the hardest sounding first names I’ve ever heard, he’s also quite a good defender. He’s not the next Beckenbauer, but we didn’t sign him to be, what we bought is what we got, a solid and competent defender.

Despite not having a regular starting position in the team, he’s impressed in pretty much every match he’s played. Again a lovely signing. But really, I wouldn’t mess with a guy who’s name is Ragnar. No, I plan on living thank you.

Wijnaldum is last on the list but that doesn’t make him the worst, definitely not. Gini has been very comfortable in our midfield since joining from Newcastle, adding depth in attack and also tracking back and helping out defence wise.

Georginio Wijnaldum at Alder Hey Hospital

Gini has been doing his job well week in week out under the radar. He’s not been a standout player, so to speak, but he’s been a player that does what is asked of him and does it well. Also, he has one of the best smiles in football. In the world perhaps. Damn, his smile!

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