One year on: Grading Liverpool's 2020 transfer business


One year on: Grading Liverpool's 2020 transfers in hindsight

Liverpool dipped into the summer window for three transfers in 2020. But how do they look one year on?

Liverpool spent around £72m on transfers in the 2020 summer window. All three were well received, though some more than others.

But now, with the power of hindsight, how do they look? We have a go at grading them.

Kostas Tsimikas

Where from? Olympiakos
Cost? £11.7m

Liverpool brought in Kostas Tsimikas to support Andy Robertson for last season. The Scot hadn’t really had cover for quite some time.

This was quite an important signing, then, and one that undoubtedly improved Liverpool’s squad. But things took a turn.

Tsimikas barely played last season, racking up a grand total of six Premier League minutes. He didn’t feature much more in the Champions League – 135 minutes.

We just genuinely don’t know what he’s capable of, making him difficult to grade. Though, everyone will find out soon as Robertson’s injury means Tsimikas almost certainly starts tomorrow.

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We’re excited about him in pre-season, too, and if his performances translate into competitive football, Tsimikas will look like a good signing.

Until that happens, though, we can’t exactly score him highly. He just hasn’t had an impact.

Grade: D


Where from? Bayern Munich
Cost? £20m

Thiago is one of the biggest signings in Liverpool’s history. The Reds just don’t sign players of this magnitude and everyone was very excited a year ago.

What followed was unfortunate. Thiago suffered a bad injury against Everton on his first start and didn’t play for two months. On his return, Liverpool were a completely disjointed side going through an injury crisis.

Not exactly top conditions in which to adapt. Slowly but surely, however, Thiago improved. He was absolutely stellar by the end of the season.

The Spaniard recently revealed he battled an injury for the whole campaign, too. So that also puts a new shine on things – provided he overcomes it.

We don’t think we can give Thiago a top mark here, purely because we didn’t see his best for very long. But if he does carry his form over from last season, we’re in for something special.

Grade: B+

Diogo Jota

Where from? Wolves
Cost? £41m

Diogo Jota was a surprise signing and a surprise success. No one expected him to be so good in his first season.

But there were patches last season where Jota looked unstoppable. He’s a natural presser, a natural scorer, and incredibly hard-working. There’s a lot to love.

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We didn’t think it would be easy to find a forward who could compete with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. Especially when you’re not spending £100m+.

Liverpool did it, though, and Jota fits Liverpool like a glove. He can become a long-term star here. But there is a ‘but’.

It’s quite surprising looking back but we didn’t actually see very much of Jota last season. He only started 12 Premier League games and appeared in 19 total – so just half.

Jota was fantastic when he played but there are a few injury concerns here. It’s enough for us to just put a minus on his grade but this is one that could quickly be an A+.

Grade: A-

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