Liverpool are the 2019/20 Premier League champions in all but name.
The outbreak of Covid-19 means that the Reds are being forced to twiddle their thumbs until either English football resumes, they’re given the trophy or the season is shockingly voided.
Thankfully for Jurgen Klopp, that final option is looking less and less likely, meaning that Liverpool will get the chance to round off his incredible project on Merseyside at some point this year.
It’s been a fairytale journey for the Reds since they hired Klopp in 2015 and the German has stayed true to his word of gunning for a title within four years of his first press conference.
Klopp’s gradual rebuild at Anfield should serve as a template for other clubs, breeding a specific brand of football and building a dressing room of players with the right attitude.
Klopp’s Liverpool buys
And there can be no denying that Klopp has been fantastic in the transfer window, making surgical choices in both his purchases and sales to elevate Liverpool to title challengers.
So, in this time of procrastination, one Liverpool fan took it upon himself to go through the majority of Klopp’s Liverpool signings and give them each a rating out of 10.
Twitter user @SamueILFC has racked up over 4,000 ‘likes’ for their decisions and based them on: ‘how they’ve done for the club, value for money on the fee spent and how often they featured.’
Signings rated out of 10
Take a look at their final ratings down below – as well as what we make of them – and see if there are any ratings that you would definitely change:
Simply too soon to judge. The jury is still out on Minamino after making just seven appearances, albeit in impressive fashion, so only time will tell what rating the Japanese international will warrant.
This is way, way too harsh. Karius was actually a pretty solid number one for Liverpool in 2017/18 and his reputation has been grossly tarnished by his disasterclass in the Champions League final.
Was his display in Kiev a train wreck? Most definitely, but that doesn’t mean his entire spell at Anfield, where he racked up 13 Premier League clean sheets, was equally as disastrous.
Pretty hard to argue with this. Solanke might have been young when he signed for Liverpool, but he simply never looked like scoring and just one goal from 27 appearances is dire for a striker.
It’s so hard to judge Grujic when he’s only played 14 times for the Reds and although his loan spells with Hertha Berlin have been impressive, it’s doubtful whether it’ll be enough to break into this Liverpool side next season.
Keita is a curious case. The Guinea international has struggled to live up to expectations in England, despite showing his quality in flashes, and probably deserves to wind up in mid-table.
And so does Adrian. Kopites got way too excited about the Spaniard after his display in the UEFA Super Cup and his errors against Atletico should remind everyone that he most certainly isn’t the world’s best back-up goalkeeper.
Harsh on the Ox, generous to Shaqiri. Perhaps injuries have taken away from the hype of the former, but he’s been a real asset in Klopp’s midfield and always adds a real attacking dynamic.
Meanwhile, yes, Shaqiri has popped up with some crucial goals, but can we really say someone who has played 175 minutes of Premier League football this season is a bona fide 7/10? Nope.
Ermmm… look, Klavan was a solid back-up defender for the Reds on his day, but we can’t help thinking that the Estonian’s cult/meme status is responsible for this wildly overstated rating.
Spot on here. Wijnaldum looked like a strange signing for Liverpool at first, but he’s popped up with some of the most pivotal goals of the Klopp era, including THAT brace in the Barcelona comeback.
As for Fabinho, the Brazilian is comfortably the Premier League’s best defensive midfielder when he’s on song and is still deserving of a 9/10, albeit just, despite going off the boil recently.
Matip is probably a little lucky having benefitted from playing alongside a certain 10/10 player, but we can’t complain about 9/10 too much when he’s helped marshall one of the world’s best defences.
Virgil van Dijk
We couldn’t agree more. For starters, Mane is comfortably in the world’s top ten players right now and with 18 goals this season, he’s disputably been Liverpool’s star man in their title-winning year.
But Salah might disagree with that fact having notched up 20 strikes, which is astonishing when you consider that could be his lowest tally for the Reds having fought for the Ballon d’Or in 2017.
And what do we need to say about the remaining three other than Robertson is the world’s best left-back, Van Dijk is the world’s best centre-back and Alisson is the world’s best goalkeeper?
Strong set of signings
So, for the most part, we think this Liverpool fan has summed up the signings pretty well.
We definitely suspect that players such as Klavan and Shaqiri have been overrated for how loved they are by the fanbase, but that’s not to say they’re poor signings by any stretch.
But regardless of stressing about exact ratings out of ten, let this list of players demonstrate just how shrewd Klopp has been in the transfer window and how vital it’s been to their successes.
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