Liverpool have been busy as a bee in the transfer market as we have been smashing records and signing quality players, albeit for a high price.
Alisson joined us for a world-record fee while Naby Keita and Fabinho did not come on the cheap either. We even completed a record transfer for Virgil van Dijk when we signed him in January but if the fans were once cribbing about not getting the players in, now we worry about spending too much.
How things change at Liverpool. There was a time when we were looking for bargain signings such as Charlie Adam and made some rather ludicrous decisions like bringing Stewart Downing in for the same price as Juan Mata when we could have had the Spaniard here.
Scratch all that up now and toss it into the river Mersey. Jurgen Klopp has worked wonders for us but credit has to go to the man behind the German’s back, Michael Edwards.
Our sporting director might not do a lot of talking but he surely gets the job done.
Big players, big money, but all achieved efficiently
It would have been next to impossible for us to beat the likes of Barcelona when we were looking to sign a player a few years ago.
Klopp being our manager does make it an attractive proposition but Edwards doesn’t mess around. We were willing to pay the money for Keita and even paid a premium to sign him for Liverpool one year before he could even play for us.
The same goes for the Van Dijk and Alisson deals. Edwards is willing to quickly finish the negotiations and pay the asking price for players that Klopp wants.
There is no time being wasted on deals and some of them are even coming out of the blue. Liverpool barely have leaks coming out of the transfer committee. The media doesn’t even know who the club might end up signing.
The best example of this was the Fabinho deal. We had just lost the Champions League final and the team went out and bought a defensive midfielder and no one had a clue about the Brazilian joining us. It seems we have learned from our Van Dijk fiasco, as Alisson’s deal was completed rather swiftly.
Edwards has done a wonderful job in bringing quality players in but he seems to be doing an even stellar job when it comes to selling players.
Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona for a basic fee of £106m which could rise to £142m. This for a player that was cup-tied and had signalled that he wanted to leave. Normally, that would have seen a reduced valuation of the player but that was not the case here.
Incredible prices keep on coming for the Reds – Christian Benteke got us £27m plus add-ons, Mamadou Sakho also got us around £26m while Jordon Ibe, a player that didn’t even shine in the Liverpool first-team, was sold to Bournemouth for a fee of £15m.
Edwards seems to know how to get the most when it comes to selling our players and that is an incredible feat given that some of the players we have sold in recent years have not been at their peak. Benteke was certainly not at his best and Sakho had not played for us for almost half a season.
Despite all the hard work done by Edwards, the sporting director knows that if he does not deliver the players that Klopp wants, the German could leave the club.
I am not claiming that the former Borussia Dortmund manager will pack up and leave if we don’t sign a striker that he wants but there are a number of clubs who have admired Klopp for a long time.
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or even Barcelona are big clubs that could turn the heads of the best managers but of course, Klopp is different and it seems like he has been made for us.
Edwards isn’t flashy, doesn’t make too many comments and lets the club do their thing while he does his. It is a refreshing change to see Liverpool actually be aggressive in buying and selling players.
This season cannot come fast enough and with things falling into place, sky is the limit for Klopp, Edwards and the boys.
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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