The Liverpool XI that Jurgen Klopp named in his first match in charge

Liverpool announced the signing of Fabinho on Monday, just two hours after rumours of their interest in the midfielder emerged.

It was a remarkably impressive piece of business.

Aware that they could be trumped by another club in the race to sign the Brazilian, Liverpool acted quietly.

None of the local journalists were even aware that Fabinho was a target until he was already a Liverpool player.

The Reds paid Monaco £43.7 million for the 24-year-old, and he won’t be the last arrival at Anfield in the summer.

Naby Keita’s move from RB Leipzig will become official on July 1.

Meanwhile, the Mirror report that they are eager to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon before the World Cup.

Klopp’s first Liverpool XI

To solve the goalkeeper problem that reared its head during the Champions League final, the Reds will revive their interest in Roma’s Alisson.

So things are looking up on Merseyside right now. Indeed, it’s a much better situation than Klopp found himself in when he became the Liverpool boss in October 2015.

Klopp’s first game was a 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Included in the starting line-up were Mamadou Sakho and Divock Origi.

Klopp certainly couldn’t have dreamed of taking those two to a Champions League final.

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Now let’s compare that to the side Klopp could name next season.

That’s some difference.

Liverpool showed this season that their attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane can be considered one of the best in Europe.

Keita and Fabinho offer an upgrade to midfield.

And the defence was considerably more sturdy after Virgil van Dijk arrived in January.

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Klopp will have to pay a world-record fee to sign Alisson but it will be worth it, especially after what happened in the Champions League final.

Liverpool’s board has supported Klopp by giving him the funds to compete in the transfer market and he now needs to repay them by winning trophies.

It’s been six years since the Reds lifted silverware – the League Cup in 2012.

Progress has evidently been made, but now is the time for Liverpool to start turning those final appearances into trophies.

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