The transfer window is always an exciting one for football fans; there is nothing like it. Clubs constantly get linked with players from almost every country in the world; well, not really, but you get the drift.
Robert Lewandowski could have been a Blackburn Rovers striker had it not been for an erupting volcano. Julien Faubert actually spent a season on loan at Real Madrid from West Ham, yes, West Ham and well, we signed Stewart Downing over Juan Mata.
So, it isn’t too exciting when actual transfers take place. The likes of Christian Poulsen and Paul Konchesky still haunt us and we should not forget the good old El Hadji Diouf after Senegal’s impressive World Cup in 2002.
Over the years, most of the links and rumours bringing players to Liverpool haven’t been from the top sides. Sure, we got some real bargains such as Luis Suarez, Steve Finnan, Fernando Torres but over the last decade or so, only Torres was the player that was actively pursued by bigger clubs.
There are also stories of us losing transfer targets to other clubs, such as Mohamed Salah joining Chelsea when he could have been a Red a few years ago.
However, things seem to be changing and for the better, it seems.
At least they are being linked now. Since Jurgen Klopp’s second season in charge, we have been linked with some big names in football and are willing to splash the cash for the players too.
Recently, we have been linked with huge transfers for Alisson of AS Roma and even Marco Asensio of Real Madrid. Alisson is Brazil’s No.1 keeper while Asensio is one of the most exciting players to come out of Spain in recent times.
This wasn’t always the scenario as we were looking for cut-price deals and bargains throughout the years. Gone are the days when Gerard Houllier brought in his wheeling-dealing Frenchman or French-speaking players.
Rafa Benitez also did his bit by bringing in a few players but we can cut him the slack as we won the Champions League under him.
Now, under Klopp, we seem to be doing extremely well and the Champions League is back at Liverpool for a second year running. We even reached the final last season but let’s not talk about the negatives.
Players want to come to Liverpool now, well at least it seems so, and there is a positive vibe around Anfield due to Klopp and his radiant smile.
It might be Klopp’s “hugology” that gets the most attention from the media but behind the scenes, the German has made us an incredible unit.
The Champions League is an important draw for the best players in the world and Klopp knows that. Qualifying for the competition for the last two years has been a great achievement by the German and we seem set for another great season, even without buying an attacker.
The team plays an electric brand of football, the players are happy, the fans are happy (mostly) and the club is on the up.
Why wouldn’t a player want to come to us?
Sure, some of the figures for the top players might be out of our reach but hey, at least we are in the news and it isn’t just our players being linked with a move away to Barcelona or Real.
We might not land Asensio, Oblak or Alisson but we are slowly getting there and if things go right under Klopp, it will be the La Liga giants who will have to keep hold of their players as we are on the prowl.