It just had to happen. Whatever we end up doing in the transfer window, Liverpool are always questioned. Jurgen Klopp broke the goalkeeping transfer record by signing Alisson from AS Roma and one of Klopp’s comments from the past resurfaced.
This was about Paul Pogba’s then record move to Manchester United where Klopp spoke about the almost £100m paid for the Frenchman.
Klopp was speaking to the Liverpool Echo (h/t Eurosport) where he said:
“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney.
“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.
“That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful.
“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.”
The BBC (h/t Evening Standard) quoted Klopp as saying he didn’t care what others thought and how football had changed since he made that comment two years ago.
“We don’t care what the world around us is thinking.
“The world has changed completely.
“Better players than we already have are not waiting around the corner. You can’t get the world-class goalkeeper who had a really long contract at Roma on a free transfer.
“It is not for me to say we don’t want to pay big money because in the end Liverpool is not successful. That doesn’t work.”
While Klopp has taken out his guns, a number of rival fans have gone ahead and poked fun at the statement he made on Pogba.
However, Klopp is certainly not in the wrong and here is why.
Still sticking to his policy is Klopp
First things first, Klopp has not spent £100m on a single player yet. Not Van Dijk, not Fabinho, not Alisson, none of these players cost that much and his comment was referring more to the fact that we cannot keep all our eggs in one basket, or expect one player to do it all.
Pogba was supposed to be the great messiah at Old Trafford and completely change their playing style by doing a Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, all the talk now has been about him leaving and United don’t seem to have the right players around him to do better.
Klopp was also right in suggesting that the game is about all the players and that is exactly what he is doing, he is building a team.
Keita and Fabinho together will make our midfield better. How can we improve the defence without getting a quality keeper in? Well, we addressed exactly that.
As for trying to create success rather than buying it, Klopp has done that too. The likes of Dejan Lovren, Loris Karius and even Alberto Moreno were given ample chances to prove their ability but if we cannot make them better, should we not try to replace them?
Would it make sense for us to spend, say, £20m to get a decent goalkeeper in, who might not become better in the years to come or sign one of the best keepers in the world, even if he has had just one good season under his belt?
Klopp tried giving chances to players and we have given a number of young players the chance to impress too.
Andy Robertson, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are just a few youngsters who are actually in the squads for their national sides.
It is a little difficult to maintain a challenge for any trophy without making an investment in the side and if Klopp is looking for a quality player, the price will be high given the crazy transfer market we are in.
People scoffed when we bought Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and he turned out to be a gem and scored goals for fun last season. The only way to shut the critics up would be with fantastic performances, not only from the new players but from the team as a whole.
Winning a trophy is the only way we can get some people off our backs and with world-class players in almost every department, we seem to be ready to shut a number of doubters and well, critics too.
Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury
The report claims that the centre-back has returned to the club after being ruled out of the friendly against Belgium.
A statement from the Dutch team (h/t Liverpool Echo) said:
“After consultation, it was decided to use the player only for the game against Germany.”
The report adds that Liverpool will assess the injury, and we will then get an idea of the extent of his problem.
Van Dijk had a rib problem earlier in the season and was rested in our Carabao Cup loss against Chelsea. The Dutchman has been reliable at the back and is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s next game is against Huddersfield on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see who will play in the heart of the defence.
Jurgen Klopp can call upon Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip to partner Joe Gomez in the back as the match against the Terriers should not be the most difficult outing.
Gomez has been the other centre-back who has been brilliant for us this season and in all probability, Lovren should partner the English youngster.
Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.
“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far
Shaqiri also has a couple of starts to his name but is hopeful of more chances as the season is still in its infancy. The 27-year-old was speaking to Aargauer Zeitung (h/t Mirror) and added that he is waiting for his opportunity to shine.
“You don’t have to keep me happy.
“The process has worked well for me so far. Sure, every professional wants to play. I do too, but there are still a lot of games to come.
“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.
“That’s why everything hasn’t been turned upside down overnight.”
The Swiss star was aware he would have to work hard to gain a foothold at Liverpool too.
“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”
Shaqiri has looked decent in all the games he has played and should get a few starts given we don’t face tough opposition in the coming weeks.
The Reds take on Huddersfield, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff in the three games after the international break, and this would be the ideal time to start the 27-year-old.
Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker
The 23-year-old isn’t a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, as per the report, and Everton boss Marco Silva is interested in the Belgian striker.
Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg last season but failed to light it up at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old has had a tough time in recent seasons at Liverpool and hasn’t played a single minute for the team this season.
The report claims that Everton are open to letting Cenk Tosun move to Besiktas if they can sign Origi from Liverpool.
The Belgian was linked to a couple of clubs in the summer window but Liverpool didn’t sell him as they weren’t getting what they wanted for the striker.
With Daniel Sturridge back in form and Roberto Firmino leading the line, Origi would find it tough to get first-team minutes at Anfield.
We also have youngsters such as Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke trying to break into the first-team, thus adding more competition for the forward slots at the club.
It will be interesting to see if Everton follow up their interest in the winter window. There haven’t been many occasions of a player swapping clubs in Merseyside with the last one being Abel Xavier.
Origi does need to move away for more minutes on the pitch, and joining a new club should be his aim when the transfer window opens.
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