Whenever a new manager gets appointed, it’s always interesting to see the changes they make to their respective side.
You’ll often hear managers say ‘this isn’t my team yet’ for the first few months until they have had to chance to sign their own players, and sell those that they don’t want.
That was the case for Jurgen Klopp who, having arrived last October, has undergone two transfer windows at Liverpool.
After leading his side to a rather disappointing eighth-placed finish, the German knew he needed to strengthen this summer and did just that, signing six players for around £70 million.
However, it seems that Klopp didn’t have to do too much strengthening after all. That’s because there were already a handful of players he wanted to sign at Borussia Dortmund that were already at Anfield.
According to Tony Barrett, who used to write for the Times and now works for Joe.co.uk, he claims that there are as many as four men that Klopp was keen to sign when he was managing in the Bundesliga.
“An element of Liverpool's transfer activity that has been largely overlooked was how content Klopp was with a number of players who were already at his disposal,” Barrett wrote.
“That came across in his earliest meetings with Liverpool's hierarchy when he openly admitted to having taken a previous interest in the likes of Divock Origi, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.”
Liverpool supporters may not be too surprised by the fact that Klopp is a big fan of the four aforementioned players. The quartet have all improved their performances as soon as Klopp arrived, with the German instilling confidence in all of them.
Klopp has also praised all four stars regularly in the media, most notably Firmino. The entertaining boss revealed what he thought when the Reds, then managed by Brendan Rodgers, managed to complete a deal to sign the Brazilian.
“I knew about Roberto. When I heard that Liverpool had signed him I thought: ‘how have they done this?’” he said.
So, if Klopp wanted to sign these four players, expect them to play a big role in the team in years to come.
Can has struggled with an ankle injury for the early part of the season but is likely to be installed into the starting line-up when he’s fully fit, while Lallana appears to be one of the first names on the team sheet at the moment with his impressive displays.
Meanwhile, Firmino has been given the nod to start up-front, with the likes of Origi and Daniel Sturridge competing for that one spot.