The Merseyside club Liverpool, the five times European Champions, is no more the most attractive spot for the top players on the globe, the reason being; their performance breakdown from the past 10 years and so. When Jurgen Klopp arrived at the Anfield, he stated that only he will decide on who will join the club and that was clear as a whistle, but what before that?
The last time Liverpool won a trophy was back in 2005, and since then, they have been degrading themselves in every aspect of the game (on and off the pitch). Even after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, who guided them to the second place finish in the 2013-14 season was a failure in terms of the transfer. It is safe to say that the best signing Liverpool ever made in the past 10 years was Luis Suarez. And after his departure to Barcelona, the Merseysiders bought a couple of players to fill the void, but nothing ever materialized.
Daniel Sturridge was a decent buy, but the Englishman always needed a support in the game, hence, Rodgers bought the players like Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke, who were the utter waste of money (no offence).
|Fabio Borini||Roma||£10,400,000||13 July 2012|
|Joe Allen||Swansea City||£15,000,000||10 August 2012|
|Oussama Assaidi||Heerenveen||£3,000,000||17 August 2012|
|Nuri Sahin||Real Madrid||On Loan||25 August 2012|
|Samed Yesil||Bayer Leverkusen||£1,000,000||30 August 2012|
|Daniel Sturridge||Chelsea||£12,000,000||2 January 2013|
|Philippe Coutinho||Inter Milan||£8,500,000||30 January 2013|
|Luis Alberto||Sevilla||£6,800,000||22 June 2013|
|Iago Aspas||Celta Vigo||£7,000,000||23 June 2013|
|Simon Mignolet||Sunderland||£9,000,000||25 June 2013|
|Kolo Touré||Free Transfer||Free||2 July 2013|
|Aly Cissokho||Valencia||On Loan *||20 August 2013|
|Mamadou Sakho||Paris St Germain||£15,000,000||2 September 2013|
|Tiago Ilori||Sporting Lisbon||£7,000,000||2 September 2013|
|Victor Moses||Chelsea||On Loan *||2 September 2013|
|Rickie Lambert||Southampton||£4,500,000||2 June 2014|
|Adam Lallana||Southampton||£25,000,000 *||1 July 2014|
|Emre Can||Bayer Leverkusen||£9,750,000||3 July 2014|
|Kevin Stewart||Free Transfer||Free||3 July 2014|
|Lazar Markovic||Benfica||£19,800,000||15 July 2014|
|Dejan Lovren||Southampton||£20,000,000 *||27 July 2014|
|Divock Origi||Lille||£9,800,000 *||29 July 2014|
|Javier Manquillo||Atletico Madrid||On Loan||6 August 2014|
|Alberto Moreno||Sevilla||£12,000,000 *||16 August 2014|
|Mario Balotelli||AC Milan||£16,000,000||25 August 2014|
|Joe Gomez||Charlton Athletic||£6,000,000 *||20 June 2015|
|Adam Bogdan||Free Transfer||Free||1 July 2015|
|Danny Ings||Free Transfer||Unknown *||1 July 2015|
|James Milner||Free Transfer||Free||1 July 2015|
|Nathaniel Clyne||Southampton||£12,500,000||1 July 2015|
|Roberto Firmino||Hoffenheim||£29,000,000 *||6 July 2015|
|Christian Benteke||Aston Villa||£32,500,000||22 July 2015|
|Allan Rodrigues de Souza||Internacional||£500,000||2 September 2015|
These were the players Brendan Rodgers brought to the Anfield during his four years of tenure with the club, and hardly four or five of them did what was expected from them, rest slipped down the drain. Now, with Jurgen Klopp at the helm, it is expected that the team will now be getting back on track, for even for that, the team needs to spend a buck load of cash.
Klopp has done a great business so far, but to be honest, the midfield has become more congested than ever. A central defender, a wide man was surely a necessity, but what about the rest? I personally feel that the team really needs a perfect number nine, who could get his hands on at least 25 goals in a single season and only through that, they could actually challenge for the title.
It seems like the Liverpool’s transfer committee is still in the dilemma that the club is a great attraction point for the big, but to be perfectly honest here, they need to see the real world. As stated earlier, Klopp has done a great job in terms of transfers so far; hence, the club needs to hand him the entire operations of it.
Liverpool’s transfer committee was formed after the FSG took over the club in 2010. Why Liverpool are no longer a major clubs is because of the poor choices of signings. The six members of the committee decide whether a player should be bought or not. One has the job to scout, one will handle the analytics, one will look after the financial aspects and finally the manager will decide whether he wants that player or not, and it has not been working since then. And to explain that, I have some great examples; Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, Joe Allen, Christian Benteke and Adam Lallana.
During the era of Brendan Rodgers, the club made too many misleading signings, which resulted in nothing, but many now expect that Jurgen Klopp is the perfect man to guide the team to at least a top four finish. He has made some great and important signings till date, but now the thing is; the board and the committee need to support the German tactician, if they really want their club back among the bests in Europe.