Ranking every signing Jurgen Klopp has made as Liverpool manager

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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.

17. Loris Karius

You might think this is a bit harsh, but Dominic Solanke didn’t lose Liverpool a Champions League final, did he?

16. Alex Manninger

Not making a single appearance for Liverpool has actually helped Manninger, here.

15. Steven Caulker

We’re still not sure why this happened. Klopp signing Caulker and playing him up front was quite fun at least.

READ: Ranking Liverpool’s 27 weirdest signings of the Premier League era

14. Dominic Solanke

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.

13. Marko Grujic

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.

12. Ragnar Klavan

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.”


11. Naby Keita

Plenty of hype surrounded Keita’s big-money transfer from RB Leipzig, especially given the Reds had to wait 12 months before he arrived, nand he’s not quite lived up to expectations just yet.

But the midfielder has shown flashes of brilliance and time is still on his side to prove why Klopp was so desperate to land him.

10. Joel 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.

9. Xherdan Shaqiri

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.

8. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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.

7. Fabinho

After a slow start, Fabinho suddenly looks indispensable in this Liverpool team, even coming to their rescue as an auxiliary defender in recent weeks.

6. Alisson

As we’ve seen with Alex Manninger, not being Loris Karius really helps on this list. Being a genuinely excellent goalkeeper also helps.

5. Georginio Wijnaldum

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.)

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READ: The brilliant Georginio Wijnaldum will get his recognition some day

4. Sadio Mane

He scores goals, he copies his team-mate’s celebrations, he just seems like a really good laugh. We love him.

3. Virgil van Dijk

“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.

2. Mo Salah

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: 89 appearances, 64 goals, 24 assists. Even when he’s supposedly having a difficult season, only Sergio Aguero has scored more goals than Salah this term.

1. Andy Robertson

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.


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