What to expect from Liverpool's six summer signings this season

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Liverpool may have spent almost £70 million this summer but they were one of only four clubs that made a profit during this transfer window.

In fact, the Reds made a total of £14.5 million after the likes of Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe and Joe Allen were sold for a combined £60 million.

But Liverpool supporters will now be more interested in the players that have arrived at Anfield, rather than those that have left.

Sadio Mane (£36m), Loris Karius (£4.7m), Joel Matip (free), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m) and Alex Manninger (free) have all been snapped up by Jurgen Klopp as he attempts to return the club to their glory days.

Klopp will be all too aware of Liverpool’s need to qualify for the Champions League with them missing out on several high-profile signings this summer due to the absence of European football.

What they have, though, is a mix of experience and potential, signings for both squad roles and guaranteed starting positions. Each player comes with their own price-tag, their own expectations and ultimately their own role to play in the squad.

Below, we rank from best to worst how well-equipped the new men are to make the step up to bring European nights back to Anfield next season.

1 - Sadio Mane (£36m)

A few eyebrows were raised when Liverpool raided Southampton once again to splash £36m on Mane. However, anyone questioning the move has been immediately silenced. He scored a stunning goal on his Premier League debut for his new side against Arsenal and hasn’t looked back since.

His pace offers Klopp’s team a superb outlet on the right-wing and stretches the defence to give space to Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. Mane managed to hit double figures in terms of goals in both of his seasons at the Saints and could score at least 15 league goals for the Anfield club this campaign.

2 - Joel Matip (free)

With Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure leaving the club and Klopp seemingly falling out with Mamadou Sakho, a new centre-back was imperative. Matip arrived on a free transfer after playing seven seasons in the Bundesliga with Schalke.

The 25-year-old has already demonstrated his ability against Spurs on his league debut and his commanding aerial presence will be much needed in the back-four. Expect him and forge a solid partnership alongside Lovren throughout the league campaign.

3 - Loris Karius (£4.7m)

He may not have played for Liverpool in a competitive match yet due to a wrist injury but Karius looks to be a fantastic signing by Klopp. The 23-year-old arrived from Mainz with a growing reputation and looks set to rival Simon Mignolet for the first choice goalkeeper.

Expect the young German to make that position his own by the end of the season.

4 - Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m)

Wijnaldum arrived with a pretty hefty price-tag considering he was part of the Newcastle side that got relegated last season, having cost Liverpool £25 million.

But the Dutchman has shown great energy in the midfield three so far at Anfield and is, arguably, a better choice than captain Jordan Henderson at the moment. He may need to offer more going forward if he is to live up to his price-tag, though.

5 - Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m)

The Estonian was brought mainly as cover but the 30-year-old hasn’t been too convincing since arriving from Augsburg this summer. Although he wasn’t at fault, Arsenal managed to put three goals past him during his league debut, while he was disappointing during Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley.

Expect to see him among the Liverpool substitutes for much of the season with Matip and Lovren playing regularly.

6 - Alex Manninger (free)

While Karius looks set to rival Mignolet to be the number one, Manninger certainly won’t be. The former Arsenal ‘keeper, who has just turned 39, looks to have just been signed for his experience with Klopp identifying him as being the perfect person to help Karius develop.

Don’t expect to have any impact on the pitch for Liverpool - he may not even play - but he might help Karius on the training ground.

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