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Jurgen Klopp's Five best signings as Liverpool manager

Jurgen Klopp's Five best signings as Liverpool manager

People may give the likes of Michael Edwards all the plaudits for Liverpool's successful business within the transfer market, but these players wouldn’t have reached the level that they did without Jurgen Klopp’s guidance.

The Reds and successful signings fit hand in hand since the German manager took over, identifying top-level talent that fits perfectly into Klopp’s “heavy metal football” system.

Having inherited a mediocre side that did feature a few standout players such as Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Phillipe Coutinho, Klopp continued to build his team around them with a constant display of smart recruitment which all in all played a huge part in winning the 2019 Champions League and the 2020 Premier League.

So the moment you have all been waiting for…

Here are Klopp’s top 5 signings at Liverpool.

5. Andy Robertson (July 2017, £8 million) 

The tenacious, tough-tackling, and courageous Scot, a low-key signing from Hull City appointed to cover for Alberto Moreno, not only made the left-back position his own at Anfield but additionally established his reputation as one of the top players in the world at that position.

Jurgen Klopp's Five best signings as Liverpool manager

These days, Andy Robertson is well known for his stellar defensive ability, his long-lasting motor and the way he and full-back partner Trent Alexander-Arnold alternately terrorise opponents with daring attacking runs and a bombardment of crosses.

Robertson went from a player plying his trade at Championship outfit Hull City to becoming one of Klopp's most dependable lieutenants, embodies the ideal value acquisition.

4. Sadio Mane (July 2016, £36 million)

Sadio Mane, a player with out-of-this-world technical skill and unapologetic confidence, arrived from the south coast and didn’t waste time to convert sceptics into believers.

He started his Anfield affair with THAT goal against Arsene Wenger’s Gunners and from then on he continued to wow the Kop and the German manager alike. By the end of his first season, he managed to secure the club's Player of the Year award.

Jurgen Klopp's Five best signings as Liverpool manager

From then on, Mane only continued to mature as a footballer, teaming up with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to form one of the best-attacking triumvirates in Premier League history.

During his stay on Merseyside, Mane accumulated 120 goals and 42 assists in 269 appearances, whilst playing a gargantuan role in Liverpool’s modern-day success.

Mane, who tends to have a knack for popping up at the right place at the right time surprised many when he opted to join Bayern Munich in 2022, but Klopp hit the nail on the head when he referred to him as "a modern-day Liverpool icon" once his move to Germany was confirmed.

3. Alisson Becker (July 2018, £66.8 million) 

Liverpool splashed the cash and acquired a world-class goalkeeper as soon as it was apparent that their 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final was due to the Red’s lack of one.

Although Alisson’s transfer did come at a hefty fee; breaking the world record fee for a goalkeeper at the time, the Brazilian shot-stopper has shown that he was and still is worth every penny with many out-of-this-world performances and bailing Klopp’s side on many occasions.

Jurgen Klopp's Five best signings as Liverpool manager

Alisson was Klopp’s perfect goalkeeper; a “mentality giant” through and through, with an incredible shot-stopping ability, a knack for picking up crucial assists and occasionally chipping in with the odd goal as well.

It is safe to say, Alisson has established himself as a Liverpool Legend.

2. Virgil Van Dijk (January 2018, £75 million)

There was plenty of talk regarding the transfer of Van Dijk with many pundits believing that Liverpool overpaid for the ex-Southampton centre-half but after failing to secure the Dutchman's signature in the summer of 2017, the Reds were not willing to let this opportunity go begging even if that meant breaking the record for a defender’s fee.

The performances that followed the signing were second to none, which was further emphasised by the fact he just missed out on picking up the 2019 Ballon d’Or, only to miss out to Lionel Messi. As well as, transforming Liverpool’s defence leading to Liverpool picking up the Champions League and their first Premier League trophy.

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To sum up, the colossal centre’s importance in the Red’s ranks, when Jordan Henderson left, Van Dijk was chosen to become the skipper.

In a nutshell, without Liverpool breaking the bank to sign Big Virg, the Reds would not have reached the pedigree that they have done under Klopp.

1.  Mohamed Salah (July 2017, £34.3 million) 

Not only one of Liverpool’s best-ever signings but also one of the greatest acquisitions in Premier League history. From going from the young player that Jose Mourinho didn’t have faith into resurrecting his career in Italy with Fiorentina and AS Roma, there is not one person who would’ve predicted what was to come once the Egyptian put pen to paper to seal a move to the Reds.

In his first season back in the Premier League, the Egyptian King took the league by storm by scoring 32 goals subsequently breaking the league record for the most goals scored in a single season. Since the day he stepped foot at Anfield, Salah just hasn’t stopped scoring to the extent that he now finds himself in fifth place in Liverpool’s list of all-time top scorers.

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From Chelsea's rejection to Liverpool's legend, without Salah’s attacking prowess and consistent reliability who knows if the Reds would’ve reached the level of success that they have done.

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