Liverpool’s signings in the 2019 summer transfer window were seen as underwhelming by most fans. The club had just tallied their highest ever points in a league campaign, finishing second to a relentless Manchester City side, and, more importantly, had just won their sixth European cup, after a devastating defeat in the final in Kyiv the year before. It’s fair to say that most assumed that the club would want to capitalise on the success by bringing some of the world’s most sought out players to Anfield.
That being said, come deadline day, most were dissatisfied with the club’s spending in the window. Besides bringing in Adrián and Andy Lonergan as back up goalkeepers, the club brought in two youngsters: Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, and Harvey Elliott from Fulham. Both youngsters have lots of potential and will surely be impactful in Liverpool’s future, but in terms of immediate impact, it is unlikely that either will have a considerable saying in Liverpool’s push for their first Premier League or their defence of the Champions League.
However, a massive boost that Liverpool fans may have underestimated is the advantage of having Fabinho play a full season without the aspect of having to settle in under Jurgen Klopp. It seems hard to believe, given how good he is, but Fabinho did not make himself a regular starter until the second half of the 2018/19 season, as it took him time to develop the qualities needed to play under Klopp who expected different things than Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim.
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