Liverpool have been active in the transfer market again and have made some very good attacking signings and some solid defensive ones as well and the manager Jurgen Klopp couldn't be more happy with the way his owners have cooperated with him.
Klopp has hailed his owners for their '100%' backing in the deals this summer while he also stated that the club might still be in the market for another signing.
Ins and Outs
Liverpool have been very busy this year, Jurgen Klopp is looking to trim down a squad which has too many players even after the sale of a total of eleven players from the club, most notably the departure of veteran Kolo Toure to Celtic, Martin Skrtel, a long time servant of the Kop made a move to Fenerbahce and Joe Allen, who impressed clubs all across Europe with his performanes at the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, made his move to Stoke City. Jordon Ibe, who was tipped for big things was sold to AFC Bournemouth also. They've recovered decent fees for these players, a sum of around 23 million pound was recouped through these sales.
The Reds began their business in the January transfer window, when Joel Matip, agreed to join the club on a free transfer from FC Schalke 04. Ragnar Klavan, joined the club this summer from FC Augsburg, he impressed Klopp, who has always looked at the Bundesliga as a reference for his transfers. Loris Karius, highly rated German young keeper, also signed for the club to provide current no.1 Simon Mignolet, some much needed competition in goal. Also, veteran keeper Alex Manninger signed for the club in more of coaching role, with most of the goalkeepers at the club being loaned out for experience, the likes of Adam Bogdan and Danny Ward have been loaned out to championship clubs Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield respectively.
In midfield, Klopp has strengthened well. Marko Grujic, a very talented player was bought from Red Star Belgrade, the Serbian has shown glimpses of his talents in pre-season games and will be hoping that he can be a part of the first team this coming season. Georginio Wijnaldum, the all-action midfield attacking machine was bought from Newcastle United for a fee of 25 million pounds too.
Up top, a signing that has probably excited Klopp the most was that of Sadio Mane who made the move from the south coast to Merseyside for a reported fee of 30 million, adding to the multiple attacking options that the manager already has.
Although the club is still looking to buy a left-back, Klopp has insisted that they still have a lot of things to do "on the selling side."
"There's been a lot of planning. It's like a puzzle. That's how building a squad works." he added.
The boss is still to decide on the futures of Luis Alberto, Mario Balotelli, Christian Benteke and Lazar Markovic, who are most likely to be sold to trim down the squad.
It is likely that Klopp will look to buy a left-back, he is comfortable with his numerous options in attack and midfield and a player to compete with Alberto Moreno is what Liverpool need, there have been reports of a loan move away from the club for Jon Flanagan, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet, he is another who could shine if given the opportunity by the manager.
Youngsters stepping up
The German has been impressed with the way the academy graduates have stepped up to the challenge and is pleased with their progress up until now. He doesn't want to put too much pressure on these players, “In four weeks we will see they are still young. Let them go and enjoy it" he said. He has been happy with the way the youngsters have been nurtured until now," the club has done everything right with these boys in terms of their education and development." he said.
Another active transfer window for the Reds looks like it will soon come to a still and the new boys will be raring to go for the new season and prove their worth to the club, the fans and their gaffer.