Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are rightfully being showered with acclaim at present, the Premier League leaders having enjoyed a record-breaking start to the season and looking well on course to end their elusive wait for a league title.
Their current form carries on from a memorable 2019 in which the Reds were crowned European and world champions, in addition to winning the UEFA Super Cup to make it a treble of trophy successes.
In just over four years at Anfield, Klopp has transformed Liverpool into arguably the finest club side on the planet, but how have the German’s biggest signings fared since moving to Merseyside?
Here are our ratings of Jurgen Klopp’s five most expensive Liverpool signings…
Mohamed Salah – £36.9m
Liverpool’s decision to sign Mohamed Salah was Roma was doubted by many upon his arrival at the club in 2017, the Egyptian international having struggled to make an impact during a previous spell in the Premier League with Chelsea before reigniting his career in Italian football.
The fee would eclipse the £35m club record paid for Andy Carroll six years earlier, though any doubts over the significant investment were soon erased following a blistering start to his Liverpool career.
Salah would open his account for the club on debut against Watford, and from there the goals would continue to flow in record-breaking fashion during a stunning first season at the club.
The winger would score 44 goals in all competitions, helping Liverpool to the Champions League final and being named as the PFA Player’s Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, in addition to the Premier League’s Golden Boot after scoring a 38-game season divisional record of 32 goals.
That Champions League final would end in injury and defeat, though Salah would bounce back the following season with another prolific campaign as Klopp’s side once again reached the showpiece, beating Tottenham in the final in Madrid to be crowned European champions.
A second successive Golden Boot would be won, whilst Super Cup and Club World Cup trophies would be added to a growing collection of both team and individual success.
Now regarded amongst the best forwards in world football, his current record stands at 86 goals in just 135 appearances for the club.
Fabinho – £40m
Fabinho’s signing would be a rarity in modern football, largely avoiding media attention until the confirmation of the midfielder’s arrival in a £40m deal from French side Monaco in 2018.
The Brazilian had starred as the principality club won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals the previous year, and would provide a formidable physical presence to a Reds midfield becoming renowned for their tenacity and work-rate.
After a period of adaptation, Fabinho not making his league debut until October, the former Real Madrid youngster would grow in importance to the side, providing the defensive platform to allow the club’s attacking talents to flourish.
Intelligent, composed and an underrated passer, Fabinho’s arrival has strengthened the spine of Klopp’s side, playing a key role in the club’s treble of trophy successes and imperious Premier League form since his arrival.
Liverpool are yet to lose a Premier League game in which Fabinho has started since his arrival at the club 18 months ago, a testament to the ever increasing influence of the club’s number three.
Naby Keita – £52.75m
Jurgen Klopp’s embarked on one of his longest transfer pursuits to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, signing the Guinea international in a £52.75m deal in 2017, though they would have to wait until the following season for his arrival on Merseyside.
Having developed a reputation as one of the finest midfield talents in the Bundesliga, Keita’s arrival was amongst the most eagerly anticipated during a significant summer window, though his time in the Premier League has been one of frustration so far.
Despite the club’s success, Keita’s Reds career has proven to be stop-start on a personal level, a succession of injuries hindering his ability to contribute on a regular basis.
There have been glimpses of the 24-year-old’s evident talents, his energy and dynamic ability to drive forwards offering a different dimension to the Liverpool midfield when fit.
Since arriving in English football he has scored six goals in 47 appearances, but now must remain fit and put together a run of consistency if he is to cement himself as a key figure in Klopp’s plans.
Alisson – £65m
Acquisitions from Roma have proven to be smart additions for Liverpool in recent seasons, Alisson following the path set by Mohamed Salah in swapping the Italian capital for Anfield in 2018.
Loris Karius’ Champions League calamities enhanced the club’s need for a new number one, leading them in the direction of the Brazilian international who would cost a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
It would prove money well spent.
Alisson would instantly bring an aura to the Reds backline, his commanding presence helping solidify the spine of a side that would post the Premier League’s best defensive record.
Winner of the Premier League’s Golden Glove award in his debut season, the 27-year-old would play a starring role in the club’s Champions League success, a stunning last minute save from Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik ensuring the club’s group stage passage before a fine performance in the final victory over Tottenham.
Recognised amongst the very best shot-stoppers in world football, Alisson has emphasised the need for a great goalkeeper in any successful side.
Virgil van Dijk – £75m
Another protracted transfer chase, Klopp has shown he is prepared to be patient in his pursuits of his top transfer targets and following Southampton’s six month refusal to sell, a world record bid for a defender would finally be accepted as Liverpool secured their man.
Many eyebrows were raised at the fee for Van Dijk, though like many of Klopp’s signings before him, those doubts would soon be removed following a series of outstanding performances.
Rarely in Premier League history has a signing had such a transformative effect on the style of a team, Van Dijk’s arrival bringing a new composure and solidity that had been lacking in the early years of Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ Anfield reign.
His first full season would see him establish himself as the best central defender in world football, helping Liverpool to the best defensive record in the division and being named as the PFA Player of the Year – just the third defender to win the honour in the Premier League era.
Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup success have all come for a player who was named as runner-up to Lionel Messi for last year’s Ballon d’Or award, the bulldozing defender who rarely seems flustered in nullifying the threat of even the world’s best forwards.
Already in spoken of by some as the league’s best ever defender, further team success will need to come if he is to receive those accolades but he is well on his way to a lasting Liverpool legacy.