Jurgen Klopp’s 28 signings at Liverpool and how they’ve evolved six years after joining
Jurgen Klopp has enjoyed success at the helm of Liverpool, but the German boss had to make several signings along the way to strengthen his squad
In October 2015, a certain Jurgen Klopp took over the reins of Anfield from Brendan Rodgers.
Klopp had already spent seven seasons at Borussia Dortmund, which saw him propel Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title twice, as well as lead them to DFB-Pokal success in 2011-12.
Since becoming Liverpool boss, Klopp has guided the Reds to the Premier League title in 2020 – their first high profile title in 30 years – and Champions League success in Madrid in 2019.
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To do this, Klopp had to spend on a number of players to give him the team he needed for success.
So without further ado, here is Sport mirror examines the 28 players who were signed by Klopp during his tenure.
The Klopp era began with the signing of Grujic from Red Star Belgrade in his first transfer window in charge. After four loan spells and just eight Premier League appearances, the Serbian left Anfield five years after joining Porto for the first time.
The Polish goalkeeper was next to arrive and leave having never made an appearance in the first team. Grabara received loans from Aarhus in Denmark and spent the entire 2019-20 campaign on loan at Huddersfield Town in the league, before leaving for FC Copenhagen this summer.
Cult hero at Anfield, Mane joined in 2016 for Â£ 34million and paid back that money and then some, scoring 102 goals in 227 appearances, while winning the Premier League and Champions League.
The German goalkeeper will forever be known for his chaotic display in the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid which cost his side the trophy. Karius hasn’t played for Liverpool since and probably never will.
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The center-back was signed for free by Schalke in 2016 and has made round trips to the first team during his five years at Anfield. Matip’s career at Liverpool has been plagued with injuries, but the 30-year-old has formed a good partnership with Virgil van Dijk.
Arguably Estonia’s most famous footballer, Klavan arrived at Anfield from Bundesliga team Augsburg in 2016. Klavan played 53 games in total, until Cagliari pulled him off the Liverpool books in 2018 .
Another peculiar goalkeeper signing to arrive in the Klopp era. Few will even remember that Manninger joined Liverpool from Augsburg in 2016, especially since he retired a season later.
The Dutchman signed in 2016 and was a mainstay of the squad, making 237 appearances in five seasons at the club. Wijnaldum left Liverpool for free this summer to join PSG.
Few could have predicted the impact Salah would have had at Anfield when he joined Liverpool from Rome in 2017. The Egyptian has had a lasting impact in English football and currently holds no less than eight Premier records. League.
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Solanke joined Liverpool from Chelsea when his contract expired, but had little impact at Anfield. The striker played 27 times in total and only scored once, before leaving for Bournemouth.
The Scotland international has been a mainstay on Klopp’s side since signing in 2017 from Hull. The 27-year-old has made 184 appearances at Anfield and has been one of the shining lights on Klopp’s side.
After impressing at Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool in 2017 and has been there ever since. The England midfielder has suffered injuries in recent years but is hopeful he still has a role to play at Anfield.
Virgil van Dijk
The Dutchman arrived for a record Â£ 75million from Southampton in 2018 and has been a leader in defense. Van Dijk was sorely missed for much of the previous campaign after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee against Everton last October.
The Guinea international had high hopes when he joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig in 2018, however, a string of injuries have limited the player’s development. Keita was recently the subject of speculation about a new contract, but nothing has materialized yet.
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The Brazilian arrived the same summer as Keita and has become a key figure on Klopp’s side. The 27-year-old is an unsung hero, with plenty of defensive duties that go unnoticed, as is often the case with players at his post.
The Swiss midfielder was another name brought in the summer of 2018 when he arrived from Stoke. Shaqiri has gained a reputation as a âluxuryâ player due to his lack of defensive work. Used sparingly on the bench and traded Liverpool for Lyon in the window that just disappeared.
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The goalkeeper Liverpool have been clamoring for after seasons watching nervously with either Simon Mignolet or Karius in the goal. The Brazilian signed for Rome in 2018 and played a crucial role in the title and Champions League winning sides Liverpool.
Sepp van den Berg
Van den Berg joined Dutch squad PEC Zwolle in 2019, but has yet to make his Premier League debut for the Reds. The center-back has only made four appearances under Klopp so far and is now on loan at Preston North End in the Championship.
The former Fulham youngster arrived from the west London club in 2019 and is set to be a big star at Anfield. Klopp has shown his faith in the 18-year-old this season by pitching him in his side’s first four league games, until Elliott suffered a nasty ankle injury against Leeds last month.
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Signed as a replacement for Alisson from West Ham in 2019 and is known to make a howl or two in his time. Replaced by the Brazilian when injured in the 2019-20 campaign, but hasn’t played much since.
Another of those who signed and left without playing. Signed from Middlesbrough after spending the previous season on loan at League One side Rochdale. Now at rivals Everton.
The Japanese midfielder was signed by an exciting RB Salzburg side in 2020 which contained Erling Haaland. Minamino hasn’t had much of a chance to impress at Liverpool given their vast array of attacking talent and spent the second half of last season at Southampton.
Brought in from Olympiacos in 2020 as a cover for Robertson. Have started Liverpool’s first four Premier League appearances this season – with the Scotland defender injured – but overall Tsimikas hasn’t had many opportunities.
The midfielder arrived with high hopes after an illustrious career at Bayern Munich which saw him win almost everything club football has to offer, but the 30-year-old has spent much of last season hurt. The Spain international has missed 18 games in total and is currently on the sidelines again, having suffered a calf injury against Crystal Palace.
The Portugal international was bought by Wolves last summer and has become the focal point of Liverpool’s attack this season. Jota has scored 16 goals in 39 appearances for Liverpool so far.
The center-back signed a long-term deal in February with Preston to help ease Liverpool’s defensive problems. Davies is yet to make his first-team debut and has been on loan at Sheffield United for a season.
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The England Under-18 international also joined the club from Derby in February and made his debut for the Reds in the recent 3-0 EFL Cup win over Norwich.
The only Liverpool to sign the summer transfer window, Konate has joined a move worth Â£ 34million from RB Leipzig. The 22-year-old French center-back made his Premier League debut against Palace last month and will be pushing for a first-team spot in the months to come.