A lot has changed under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, thanks in no small part to a number of astute signings he has been able to make.
Not all of them have worked out, of course, so we’ve ranked the 17 signings Klopp has made since taking over as Reds boss in October 2015.
We’ve not included young players who were not intended to go straight into the first team, so that rules out the likes of Kamil Grabara, Ki-Jana Hoever and Nat Phillips.
You might think this is a bit harsh, but Dominic Solanke didn’t lose Liverpool a Champions League final, did he?
Not making a single appearance for Liverpool has actually helped Manninger, here.
We’re still not sure why this happened. Klopp signing Caulker and playing him up front was quite fun at least.
Nor are we sure why Liverpool really bothered with this. But still, one goal, an England cap and around £15million profit probably made it worth it.
Klopp’s very first signing, Grujic has only appeared 14 times for Liverpool’s first team but has shown his potential in loan spells at Cardiff City and Hertha Berlin.
“I’ve been at Hertha for 22 years. This isn’t meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club,” Hertha manager Pal Dardai said in December after Grujic scored the only goal in a win over Frankfurt – so there’s still a chance the Serbia international could make his mark at Anfield.
A cheap, experienced squad player who described joining Liverpool as “like winning the lottery” and endeared himself to supporters with his steady if unspectacular displays.
Upon his departure for Cagliari, James Pearce wrote in the Liverpool Echo: “Klavan will take his place alongside the likes of Gary McAllister, Djimi Traore and Igor Biscan on Liverpool’s list of cult heroes.”
Being a squad player at a big club suits Shaqiri down to the ground. No pressure to perform consistently every week, no long minutes to test out his fitness, no Charlie Adam.
Signing the attacker in a cut-price deal from Stoke was the least risky risk of the summer transfer window.
Plenty of hype surrounded Keita’s big-money transfer from RB Leipzig, especially given the Reds had to wait 12 months before he arrived, but his Liverpool career has blown hot and cold so far.
The midfielder has shown flashes of brilliance and was improving before an untimely injury ended his debut campaign prematurely, which is a similar story to the man one place above him in this ranking…
People poured scorn on Oxlade-Chamberlain when he joined Liverpool, with the midfielder having previously declared his admiration of Steven Gerrard.
The former Arsenal man took a while to get to grips with life at Anfield, only to explode into form and suddenly appear the ideal Jurgen Klopp player. We’re looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch.
We initially wrote this list in February, noting on Matip: “He’s alright, isn’t he? Fine, in fact. The sort of player you see constantly written off on social media but struggle to remember anything – either good or bad – he has ever done which caught your eye.”
It was around that time the centre-back was given the chance to cement his place in Liverpool’s starting XI. Given he ended the season a Champions League winner, nobody is writing him off on social media anymore.
After a slow start, Fabinho suddenly looks indispensable in this Liverpool team, even coming to their rescue as an auxiliary defender over Christmas and offering control and nous in the centre of midfield when deployed in his preferred role.
As we’ve seen with Alex Manninger, not being Loris Karius really helps on this list. Being a genuinely excellent goalkeeper also helps.
The whole point of Georginio Winjaldum – his vibe, if you will – is that he’s underrated. So we’re afraid he’s not allowed any higher than this.
(He is brilliant though.)
He scores goals, he copies his team-mate’s celebrations, he just seems like a really good laugh. We love him.
Only Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane have scored 10+ Premier League goals in each of the last five seasons.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) February 27, 2019
“He’s our centre-half, he’s our number four, watch him defend and we watch him score. He can pass the ball, calm as you like, he’s Virgil van Dijk, he’s Virgil van Dijk.”
Good things come to those who wait, as Liverpool proved by biding their time to sign Van Dijk after an initial slap on the wrist from Southampton.
Klopp wanted to sign Julian Brandt instead only to be convinced Salah was the man to spearhead Liverpool’s attack by sporting director Michael Edwards.
Just look at the stats: 104 appearances, 71 goals, 29 assists, the opening goal in a Champions League final victory.
Okay, we’re taking into account value for money here, but it really is worth reminding yourself that Robertson – who can genuinely be considered one of the best players in the world in his position – cost £8million. £8million! In 2017! That’s enough to buy 15.4% of Benjamin Mendy.