Liverpool have certainly turned the corner over the last few years after having had some rather challenging times.
The Anfield outfit have turned back into the dominant team that they once were with Jurgen Klopp at the helm and their recruitment has also certainly improved in recent memory as well. With the German in the dugout and the spot-on transfer business, it is no surprise that the Reds are current Premier League champions and look to be one of the best in England’s top division.
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Just how good have Liverpool’s record signings been, though? Let’s take a look – all transfer fees are via TransferMarkt:
Virgil van Dijk – £76.19m
When Liverpool shelled out a then-world record transfer fee for a defender when acquiring Virgil van Dijk, it will be safe to say there were a few eyebrows raised. However, egg will have been on the face of those who had originally thought that as the Dutchman has been nothing but impressive since arriving at Anfield. The former Southampton defender has helped to stabilise the once-fragile defence and has brought a calmness – as well as some class – to the team’s backline. £76.19m well spent if you ask us.
Alisson Becker – £56.25m
The goalkeeping position was always a problem at Anfield for as long as many can remember as replacing Pepe Reina proved to be rather difficult. However, the £56.25m they spent on acquiring Alisson Becker from AS Roma has perhaps been one of the best pieces of business that the Reds have managed to do in recent years. Since the shot-stopper has been involved in a Premier League game, the Reds have lost just four top-flight matches he has played in.
Naby Keita – £54m
An injury-hit debut season made the signing of Naby Keita look to be questionable, however he is slowly starting to show just why Liverpool handed Red Bull Leipzig £54m for their midfielder. The Guinean proved effective following Project Restart and perhaps handed Klopp an attacking conundrum as he averaged 0.36 expected assists per 90 minutes in the league last term (according to Understat), which – among players with at least 800 minutes – was only topped in the Premier League by the City trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and David Silva.
Christian Benteke – £41.85m
Perhaps one of the worst pieces of business that Liverpool had ever completed, although hindsight can be a wonderful thing. Christian Benteke had been a star for Aston Villa prior to his switch to Anfield, but the move to Merseyside certainly did not work out for the Belgian and it seems he might still be struggling to find his feet despite leaving four years ago. A 12-month stay in which he scored just 10 goals in 42 outings, £41.85m could have been considered to be wasted here.
Fabinho – £40.5m
Keeping with the theme of getting things right, though, Fabinho’s £40.5m switch from AS Monaco has been one that can be considered an astute piece of business by the club. Liverpool have benefited immensely by the Brazilian’s ability to sit in front of the defence – or move deeper into the backline when required – as he has also helped to solidify the defence and make Klopp’s side appear almost impenetrable with every appearance.