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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.”

This time around, he was questioned regarding the signing of not only Alisson but also the fact that we have spent huge amounts on Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and even Fabinho.

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.

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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.

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Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli

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Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

Liverpool made it into the next round of the Champions League with their 1-0 win over Napoli. The Reds had to leave it till the last game of the group to ensure qualification to the knockout round, and what a night it was.

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, but Napoli had their chances. Sadio Mane was the culprit as we couldn’t make the game safe, and it almost cost us late on.

The Reds finished second in the group, but more importantly, we kept the momentum and head into the Manchester United tie full of confidence.

There were several fantastic players at Anfield, and here are our player ratings.

Alisson – 9/10

The Brazilian made a huge save in stoppage time to keep Arkadiusz Milik out. We would have given him a 10 but the keeper was barely troubled in the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10

The right-back had some great deliveries in the final third but was troubled a lot by the Napoli attackers in the night.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Van Dijk was booked early on for a studs-up challenge but barring that, he was excellent at the back as he kept the Napoli attack in check.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

This possibly was the best display by the Cameroon star since his move to Anfield. Matip was rarely flustered by the Napoli attack, and his passing was top-notch as well.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The Scot didn’t have his best attacking game but some of his interceptions were important. There was one moment where he let the ball past him but Jose Callejon could not take advantage.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

The Dutch midfielder was a little slow to start, maybe it was the occasion, but he came into the game later on.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The captain didn’t have a great start to the game but came into prominence in the second half as we controlled the tie.

James Milner – 7.5/10

It was great seeing Milner make some dashes to break past the Napoli defence but the Englishman had to be subbed with a slight injury.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10

Salah was brilliant in the first half and his goal was a thing of beauty. He looked like he was going to cross but decided to slot the ball in between David Ospina’s legs. The Egyptian should have had a second but Ospina saved well.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Played as our striker in this game and took some time to adjust to Napoli’s defending. He did do well in the second half and was subbed off after running himself to the ground.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

Mane was frustrating in attack as he missed two clear-cut chances to score. Fortunately, the misses did not hurt us but the Senegal star needs to be more composed in front of the goal.

Substitutes

Naby Keita – 6/10

Came off the bench to give some energy and running to the side.

Fabinho – 6.5/10

The Brazilian provided some extra cover for the defence.

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Dejan Lovren – NA

Came on late in the late.

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“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli

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Alisson saves from Arkadiusz Milik

Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

Liverpool made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a commanding yet nervy 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield.

The Reds knew this scoreline would see them pip the Italians to second spot, at least, in the group. However, a goal for the Serie A side would mean we would have to win by a two-goal margin.

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game, but we were wasteful in the final third. Sadio Mane should have scored a hat-trick, which would have put the Italians out of the tie completely.

The Senegalese star’s misses almost cost us as Arkadiusz Milik found himself free in stoppage time with the ball at his feet, six yards from goal.

The Napoli striker seemed destined to score, and break Liverpool hearts, but Alisson quickly rushed off his line and blocked the powerful shot.

The Liverpool keeper celebrated with the rest of the team after the final whistle, but the Reds were inches away from a painful Champions League elimination.

The Brazilian was imperious for us at the back with his composure, and his passing was on point too. Jurgen Klopp certainly got one of the best keepers in the world, and the Liverpool fans were grateful for the former AS Roma star’s contributions in the win.

Read more: “I hear the rumours, like you” – Liverpool-linked Lyon star opens up about transfer rumours

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“I hear the rumours, like you” – Liverpool-linked Lyon star opens up about transfer rumours

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Houssem Aouar

Football.london reports that Liverpool are interested in Lyon star Houssem Aouar, and have been tracking the Frenchman for over a year.

France Football (h/t Football.london) adds that Unai Emery is also keeping tabs on the impressive 20-year-old, while Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked too.

The attacking midfielder, who can play out wide, has five goals from 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season has spoken about his future, and it seems he wants to remain at Lyon for the foreseeable future.

The youngster was interviewed by France Football (h/t Football.london) and spoke about the links to some of Europe’s biggest clubs:

“I hear the rumours, like you. I have ears!

“I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything, is not telling the truth. But there’s nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.

“I’m well protected with my family. It’s nice to hear, but I’m not getting carried away. My feet are firmly on the ground. I’ve only got a good half-season behind me, and I have everything to develop at Lyon.”

The 20-year-old is one of the hottest properties in French football, and it would be great if we could land him soon.

Read more: Liverpool interested in signing £15million-rated Premier League ace in January

The Frenchman has the potential to become one of the best in the world, and under Jurgen Klopp, he would get ample chances to prove his ability.

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