Liverpool’s maintained transfer approach has proven effective once again as the transfer window draws into the final few days before it’s conclusion on October 5.
While teams such as Manchester United are still pressing as to whether they should sign Jadon Sancho, Liverpool have already successfully embedded all three of their new signings into the first-team set-up.
The latest of which, Diogo Jota, opened his Liverpool account just eight minutes into his PL debut at Anfield during the 3-1 victory against Arsenal on Monday.
As Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane rightly eluded to after the match, Liverpool have shown nous in the transfer market in recent years on more than one occasion.
They do not pursue the obvious big names in the transfer market – the exception being Thiago Alcantara – and instead, look for hidden gems with specific characteristics that Jurgen Klopp can look to harness over time.
A number of beneficiaries include Andy Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum who were both signed for relegated clubs while even the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been elevated to new heights since their respective Anfield arrivals.
Jota is another who fits this specific mould of a player who has the tools to reach the next phase of his development but needs the appropriate platform to transform his game accordingly.
This is something that Liverpool have an act for and is why the essence of time has proven so successful in the club’s transfer ethos and philosophies.
After watching his new signing score against the Gunners, Klopp revealed that a deal for Jota has been a long time in the making: “I know for a while that Diogo Jota is on my list for two or three years already but it needs to be the right moment.”
It seemed as if Liverpool’s interest materialised out of thin air when just hours after unveiling the signing of Thiago, Jota was confirmed as close to agreeing on a deal at Anfield.
However, Liverpool are meticulous in their transfer approach and had been extensively doing their research to ensure that Jota was a player that would buy into Klopp’s ideologies and methods well before he was officially unveiled as a Reds player.
Klopp’s assistant manager and right-hand man Pep Lijnders proved to be one of the definitive factors in Liverpool sanctioning a £45 million [BBC] deal for Jota after the coach used his contacts in Portugal to grasp whether Jota had the appropriate temperament and personality traits to succeed at Liverpool – the responses were overwhelming and the club wasted no time in getting a deal over the line.
While some of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals have backed themselves into a corner during the final days of the transfer market, Klopp and his staff couldn’t be happier with the business and acquisitions the club have made this summer.
Three wins from three, three new additions and a 100 per cent record. Did anyone really think that Liverpool would lose their hunger and desire after scaling the mountain last year?
Not this team, not this manager, Liverpool prove once again they are the team to beat this season.
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