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.
“It is painful” – Jurgen Klopp provides injury update after 1-0 Napoli win
Liverpool were in the wars last night as they defeated Napoli 1-0 to progress into the knockout round of the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, and we had Alisson to thank for keeping it that way. The Brazilian pulled off a brilliant save in stoppage time, but we should have killed off the game with Sadio Mane missing some gilt-edged chances.
Nevertheless, some Liverpool players put it all on the line at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp spoke about the injuries to James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip.
Milner and Trent had to be subbed while Matip picked up a shoulder problem later in the game. The German told Liverpoolfc.com that the right-back could have a bit of a problem while Milner was suffering from cramp.
“I’m not sure. Nobody told me anything about [Joel’s] shoulder, so hopefully that’s a good sign.
“Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. It is painful.
“Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don’t know anything else.”
The Reds are stretched a bit at the back with Joe Gomez out till the New Year while Dejan Lovren only recently returned from a training injury and got a few minutes against Napoli.
Our next game is against Manchester United on Sunday, and hopefully, we have most of our players at 100%. The right-back spot will be interesting to keep an eye on as Milner could play in case Trent isn’t fit.
The Reds should be buoyed by their performance against the Italians, and we could be in for a brilliant night at Anfield on Sunday too.
Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli
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 – 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.
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.
Dejan Lovren – NA
Came on late in the late.
“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli
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.
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) December 12, 2018
How did we cheat the master Monchi himself 2 times in a row? First we bought Mo Salah for a bargain and next year we got Alisson for a bargain again.
— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker 😎 pic.twitter.com/pIUzxhuBaz
— #FPL berhadiah 500k. 😎 (@INDONESIAN_LFC) December 12, 2018
Mad how we put 7 past Alisson😂
— LFC_000 (@LFC_000) December 12, 2018
Klopp: ‘If I knew Alisson was this good – I would have paid double.”
— LFC KNOWLEDGE (@LFCknowledge) December 12, 2018
Alisson is a joke. Feels like he’s saved us 20 points this season already. So helpful in open play but these crucial saves he’s been making are just on another level.
12 clean sheets at the moment. Not bad for your first 22 games.
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) December 12, 2018
Would any LFC fan swap Alisson and VVD for Coutinho? Nope? me neither. What a bit of business that was
— Wayne (@Gunga__Din) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker could save this country from Brexit.
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewittLFC) December 11, 2018
— Irish Reds 🔴🇮🇪 (@LFCIrishFanzone) December 11, 2018
— Eric LFC 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@_lfcEric) December 11, 2018
Worth every penny
— Mukunda Pokhrel (@Mukund_Pokhrel) December 11, 2018
That’s the difference between world class and a £4M keeper….just saying! Best keeper we’ve had for decades
— Wiggz 🔴⚽️ (@WiggzLFC) December 11, 2018
The best goalkeeper in the world currently. Insane 😱
— Nuredin Zymeri (@nuredinz14) December 11, 2018
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