As we are on The Transfer Dealine Day and as we can expect very little activity from Liverpool today, let us look at how the club has fared so far in the Transfer Window. After the departure of Anfield’s very own little magician, Philippe Coutinho, the onus was on Jurgen Klopp to look for the right recruits for a club that has been finding its good old rhythm under him. Should he go for a big money replacement or should he stay cool and invest the money wisely on filling up every loophole that the current squad has? The answer to this question has been quite evident.
NABY KEITA: (8.5/10)
After failing to secure Virgil Van Dijk’s signature in the Summer transfer window, one that he eventually went on to secure in the January window for a whooping £75m, Jurgen Klopp was hell-bent on making the right choices for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp meant business as he had already sealed a deal for the Guinean sensation, Naby Keita. Can Liverpool’s new No.8 be the perfect heir to Steven Gerrard’s throne? Only time will tell. But the Guinean had run riot in the Bundesliga and was arguably the best in his position in the league. In a league that has heavyweights such as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, this is surely a massive feat. Naby Keita will surely add a lot more to this squad. He already looks very settled and is a person who has got a philosophy similar to the one that Klopp’s Liverpool has. In an effort to recoup Liverpool’s lost pride in the league, the £48m Guinean gives Liverpool fans some hope of a successful season ahead in terms of silverware.
Monaco’s ball winning central midfielder, Fabinho Tavares has taken the Liverpool fans by surprise. The 24 year old midfield maestro has transformed himself into a machine since his departure from a not so memorable spell at Real Madrid. Fabinho was initially a right back before he was moved to a more advanced role by Leonardo Jardim at Monaco. Fabinho’s height(6 ft 2″) looks more suited to an advanced role and he has been quite adept at dealing with the quickest of players. His agility, ability to break and hunger to win every ball will act as the missing block in the puzzle that Liverpool has been trying to fill since the departure of Javier Mascherano. The £43.7m purchase came as a surprise to many as there were not many rumours about him joining Liverpool, however, the purchase could prove worthy of every single penny.
XHERDAN SHAQIRI: (8/10)
Liverpool has been on Xherdan Shaqiri’s radar before the potters. He had surprised the world by signing for Mark Hughes’s Stoke City. Is £13m Xherdan Shaqiri worthy of a gamble? The answer is arguably yes. Xherdan Shaqiri has been more than brilliant for a struggling Stoke City team that was fighting for its life to protect their decade long stay in the premier league. His performance was overshadowed by Stoke City’s woeful performance in the league. Initially, the Swiss star had been written off as a backup of Mohamed Salah in the cup games but the Swiss star’s performances in the Pre-Season have taken the fans by surprise. Apart from being a fantastic backup of Mohamed Salah, Xherdan can be an efficient No.10 if need be. He has got all the tricks in the world up his sleeves and can definitely take one or two established defenders by surprise. Overall, the charisma and the positive attitude of Xherdan Shaqiri are bolstering the overall squad’s morale.
ALISSON BECKER: (8/10)
Liverpool has always been in the hunt for a new Goal Keeper, especially after the mishap in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. After refusing to trigger a mammoth release clause of Jan Oblak, Liverpool turned its attention towards Alisson Becker of AS Roma. Even after scoring 7 goals over two legs against Roma in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp was happy with Alisson’s overall performance in the league. Is Alisson the answer to Liverpool’s Goal Keeping problems? The 26 year old Brazilian was arguably one of the best if not the best in Serie A as of course Gianluigi Buffon is almost at the fag end of his career. Alisson was merely a shadow of Wojciech Szczęsny before Szczęsny was transferred to Juventus. Roma already knew that Alisson was their best keeper and he surely had a lot of impact in Roma’s gameplay and results last season. Simon Mignolet had already lost his position to Loris Karius and Liverpool became more desperate to secure Alisson’s signature, especially after Karius’s few shaky moments in a friendly against Tranmere Rovers. The £65m goal keeper surely looks like a risk as far as his price tag is concerned but in a market like the current one, one or two years down the line, this signing could prove to be a title deciding one.
It has been an overall fantastic transfer window for Liverpool. A more specialist No.10 in the form of Nabil Fekir could have been the perfect icing on the cake but the current Liverpool squad looks very strong on paper and it is only a matter of time before Jurgen Klopp makes the most out of this squad and turns it into a title winning one.