Jurgen Klopp has hit back at those who’ve criticised Liverpool for spending money this summer.
His Reds destroyed West Ham 4-0 yesterday, partly thanks to big money new signings Alisson and Naby Keita, with Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri on the bench. The world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk also marshalled the backline, having arrived in January. But most of those deals were offset by the whopping Coutinho sale, while before that month, Liverpool’s net-spend under Klopp’s guidance had actually been negative.
“Should we have just left the [Coutinho} money lying around? I had to adjust my attitude towards big money transfers. My job is to make Liverpool as strong as possible,” he told Die Welt, translated by journalist Manuel Veth.
And we’re mighty glad he did…
Klopp has made so few mistakes in the transfer market it’s frightening.
Of the 18 players he’s brought in since arriving in October 2015, only Loris Karius can be deemed a 100% failure. Marko Grujic and Dominic Solanke are yet to fulfil their potential, but both will still leave for much more money than we signed them.
And the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson have proved monumental bargains.
As a result, we’re practically convinced that the four summer arrivals from 2018 will prove brilliant additions as well.