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Five Jurgen Klopp signings that transformed Liverpool’s fortunes

Jurgen Klopp sits proudly amongst Liverpool’s managerial greats following his impact on the club’s modern success, restoring the Reds to the summit of the game with Champions League and Premier League success over the past two seasons.

Having replaced Brendan Rodgers with the club languishing in 10th in October 2015, Klopp has helped re-establish Liverpool amongst Europe’s elite and followed back-to-back Champions League final appearances and that long-awaited title triumph.

We’ve taken a look at five Jurgen Klopp signings who have helped transform Liverpool’s fortunes…

Sadio Mane

Signed for initial £34m from Southampton, 28/06/2016

The first big-money signing of Klopp’s first summer in charge, the German decided to buy Senegalese forward Mane from Southampton in a deal which could potentially rise to a club-record fee.

The attacker had enjoyed an impressive two seasons at St Mary’s, scoring 21 league goals in 67 appearances since joining from Red Bull Salzburg and was the fifth player since 2014 to swap the South Coast for Anfield.

Klopp had eyed a move for Mane whilst manager at Borussia Dortmund, and now with greater financial power was able to secure a deal for a player he had tracked for some time.

A stunning debut goal at Arsenal was a sign of things to come, being named the club’s Player of the Year after scoring 13 Premier League goals in his first season.

Mane has continued to improve season on season and enjoyed a sensational 2018/19 campaign, scoring 22 league goals earn him a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot and playing a vital role in the club’s Champions League success.

The Senegalese star has evolved into one of world football’s finest forward players and combines scintillating speed with sublime skills, his talents only matched by an insatiable work-rate that has seen him take on talismanic status on Merseyside.

Mohamed Salah

Signed for initial £34m from Roma, 23/06/2017

When Klopp decided to splash £34m on a player who had previously enjoyed an underwhelming two-year spell at Chelsea, more than a few eyebrows were raised on Merseyside.

Klopp had seen the Egyptian mature during a spell in Italy and two years later no one is doubting his judgement now.

Salah’s debut season saw records fall and accolades come his way, winning a PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year double after smashing the Premier League record for goals in a 38-game season, scoring 32 times to win the division’s Golden Boot.

That prolific campaign was followed by another Golden Boot winning season – shared with Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – whilst a first major honour with Liverpool came via Champions League success.

No Premier League player has scored more goals than Salah since his return to English football and he is now just one goal short of reaching a century for Liverpool, his current record standing at a phenomanel 99 in just 158 appearances in all competitions.

He remains, alongside Mane and Roberto Firmino, part of arguably Europe’s most potent forward line.

Andy Robertson

Signed for initial £8m from Hull City, 21/07/2017

Perhaps one of the most unheralded signings of the Klopp-era, though one that will go down as one of his very finest.

When Liverpool secured an £8m deal to sign Scotland left-back Robertson from relegated Hull in 2017, there were not many fans who thought he would become a first-team fixture.

After a slow start to life at the club, injury to Alberto Moreno gave Robertson his chance and he has not looked back since.

A firm fans’ favourite at Anfield due to his relentless work-rate and tireless displays, Robertson has established himself as one of Europe’s leading full-backs whilst also providing a constant supply of fine deliveries from the left-hand side.

Once a problem position for Liverpool, their current left-back is now one of the very first names on the team sheet.

Virgil van Dijk

Signed for £75m from Southampton, 01/01/2018

Few signings in recent memory have had as transformative an effect on a side as Liverpool’s capture of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.

Having failed in their pursuit of the Southampton centre-back in the summer, Liverpool returned and paid a world-record £75m to secure him in the 2018 winter window.

Many questioned the fee, though Van Dijk has helped transform a once fragile defence into one of the club’s greatest strengths.

Named PFA Player of the Year and a Champions League winner in his first full season, Van Dijk is a commanding presence who helps those around him improve and regarded by many as the world’s finest centre-back.

There are few players as irreplaceable to their side as the dominant Dutch defender.

Alisson Becker

Signed for £65m from Roma, 20/07/2018

Goalkeeper had been a long-standing issue for Liverpool, with the club having failed to adequately replace Pepe Reina since the Spaniard’s departure in 2014.

Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius had failed to convince and the latter’s Champions League final shit-show against Real Madrid persuaded Klopp to sign Roma’s Alisson for a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper in 2018.

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The Brazil international has brought presence and confidence to the Liverpool backline, keeping a league-high 21 clean sheets to win the Premier League’s Golden Glove in his debut season.

He produced a Man of the Match display during the club’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham before being a vital presence in their Premier League victory, helping the Reds to the division’s best defensive record for a second successive season.

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