Chris Best analyses the transfers that Jürgen Klopp made last summer, with the 2016/17 season being one to forget for a number of reasons.
Jürgen Klopp is under scrutiny at the moment, being criticised for his lack of transformation at Liverpool Football Club. This may be due to the additions he has made, and we shall take a look at each one’s impact on the club thus far.
One of Klopp’s better signings, Sadio Mané (£36 mil), has set the Premier league alight this season with his scintillating performances. With 11 goals and 6 assists in 23 appearances, Mané has definitely made his mark at Liverpool.
A signing with a positive previous season at FC Mainz, Karius (£4.7 mill) arrived at Liverpool with very high hopes of consolidating that number one role in goals. With only 10 appearances so far, three clean sheets, and an average of 1.2 goals conceded a game, Karius has looked “shaky” in goals.
There were question marks all over this signing, as Klopp purchased the Estonian centre-back from FC Augsburg. Klavan (£4.2 mill) has struggled to get game time under his belt, as he seems to lack the quality required in the Premier League. Klavan has conceded 13 goals in his 13 appearances for the club which does not sit well with most supporters.
Joel Matip (free) seemed to be the perfect fit for any Premier league side’s centre-back. A strong, tall and assertive centre back who has made his mark in a Liverpool shirt. Question marks have surrounded his judgement in interceptive play but he hasn’t been a bad signing for Klopp.
Klopp’s second highest transfer fee was on Wijnaldum (£25 mill) who had to go down as his riskiest signing. Wijnaldum stepped into the spotlight immediately as he moved to a much bigger stage at Anfield. With three goals and four assists in 24 appearances, one could conclude it was money not well spent. While he may have had some remarkable appearances, Wijnaldum has also had some games to forget. Inconsistency is his major downfall.
Alex Manninger (free) and Shamal George (academy) are the other two additions by Klopp and have made little to no impact on the club at this point in time. Marko Grujic has had his injury concerns but there are no signs pointing at a “future star” of Liverpool for the Serbian midfielder.
The fact of the matter is Klopp has a lot of restructuring to do in the upcoming transfer window. Sadio Mané has been the only real signing to catch the eye of fans, while the others have question marks surrounding their abilities. Huge amounts of funding are going to be needed to bring in players of a high calibre. Champions League football will be a requirement to do so.
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