Liverpool’s defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League Final last night will live long in the memory, but it’s important to remember that the squad at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal was handed down to him by his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
He’s already said (via talkSPORT) that next year our team will look ‘different’ due to ‘transfers’, but until you look at the sheer magnitude of his first summer in charge of Borussia Dortmund – we perhaps don’t understand how ruthless Klopp’s capable of being.
13 new players arrived (although some were immediately got rid of) and 17 players were shown the exit door – totalling 30 transfers in one summer.
Seven were signed for transfer fees and two were acquired on a free, while eight were sold for cash with a further nine departing for nothing.
A teenage Subotic was signed, and Sahin was brought back from loan. Schmelzer was promoted from Dortmund II and crucial squad additions Zidan and Santana were also purchased.
Klopp wasn’t afraid to ship out big names such as Petric, Pienaar and Kovac. The key here though is the sheer number of departures, with a number of players released or leaving for tiny transfer fees.