Liverpool’s transfer record has been hailed as “ridiculously good business” by ESPN pundit Paul Mariner, as deals for the likes of Andy Robertson have been praised.

Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City after triggering a £13m relegation exit clause in his contract and picked up Andy Robertson for just £8m after Hull City were relegated.

These bargain buys have allowed Liverpool to free up transfer budget to go and spend big money on the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, who cost the Reds a combined £143m.

Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk.

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Speaking to ESPN FC, Paul Mariner lauded the business that Klopp and co have conducted recently, saying: “Where do you need to strengthen and how much are you going to spend to strengthen at the level that Liverpool, the European champions, want to be at?

“Look at [Wilfried] Zaha, [Crystal Palace are] wanting £80m-odd for him, he’s never an £80m-odd player. So you’ve got to be strategic. Look what he did with picking up Shaqiri at £13m, it was a stroke of genius.


“Look at [Andy] Robertson, picking Robertson up was ridiculously good business. So players are out there, it’s all about your scouting network. Klopp must be confident with what he’s got in the building.”

Andy Robertson.

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Liverpool have an established squad now that can easily be successful next season without further investment but there are a number of fans that are concerned that not signing any big names this summer will allow rival clubs to gain ground on them or in the case of Manchester City, open the gap up further.

The Reds exceeded expectations last season by running the Citizens close as the Merseysiders accumulated 97 points and won the Champions League but they will now be expected to match that and even better it as the pressure builds on Liverpool to break the Premier League duck.

If Klopp doesn’t make any more signings before the start of the new season, it will be fascinating to see how Liverpool perform without adding any more quality.

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