The Premier League’s longest-serving manager is set to remain in charge until 2026 after agreeing a two-year contract extension to his contract at Anfield.
Having already led the Reds to their first-ever Premier League title, ending a 30-year wait for top-flight glory and a sixth European crown since arriving in England in 2015, Klopp is looking to become the first boss to win a historic quadruple. in another beautiful countryside.
Liverpool finished eighth when Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the 2015-16 season, but the German’s savvy recruitment helped restore the club to one of the game’s global powerhouses.
And Stats Perform used data from Opta to scour the club’s top signings from the Klopp era.
After leading the Reds to the EFL Cup and Europa League finals after inheriting a squad built by his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, Klopp set out to reshape his squad in 2016, with Southampton striker Mane representing the biggest arriving before his first full campaign at the helm.
Mane registered 13 goals and seven assists in his debut season, with only Phillipe Coutinho managing more goal contributions for the Reds (14 goals and nine assists). The Senegal striker had his best campaign yet, scoring 26 goals in all competitions two years later, also winning a vital penalty in the early stages of their Champions League final win over Spurs.
Including this season, Mane has scored 20 goals in four of his last five campaigns at Anfield, more than repaying his £30m price tag.
If Mane’s arrival was a success, where to start with Salah’s debut campaign, who joined Mane and Roberto Firmino to form a fearsome Reds trio in 2017?
Across all competitions, Salah scored an incredible 43 goals and registered 14 assists in his first season with the club as Liverpool finished second in the Champions League. Salah has scored 117 goals in 176 Premier League appearances for the Reds, netted in a Champions League final victory and won two Premier League Golden Boots to date, with another extremely likely to follow this term.
Not bad for a player Chelsea let go for £13.5million in 2016…
Virgil van Dijk
While Salah and Mane arguably provided the most magical moments for Klopp’s Liverpool, would any of their incredible successes have been possible without the acquisition of Van Dijk in January 2018?
With former club Southampton receiving £75m for his services, Van Dijk certainly doesn’t come cheap, but it could be argued that no other player can match his impact at Anfield. After conceding 38 league goals in 2017-18, Liverpool netted just 22 in Van Dijk’s first full season with the club as they were crowned European champions and narrowly missed out on the title of the Premier League.
Indeed, after racking up 97 points that season, Liverpool earned 99 as they won their first Premier League title in 2019-20, 30 more than in the 2020-21 campaign when Van Dijk was sidelined by a ACL injury.
The 2018 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid was a turning point for Klopp’s Liverpool. The heavy metal football that propelled Klopp to stardom had driven the Reds this far, but Loris Karius’ costly mistakes demonstrated their need for a safer pair of hands.
For all that Van Dijk’s brilliance contributed to Liverpool’s incredible defensive record in 2018-19, Allison’s arrival must also be credited after keeping 21 clean sheets and recording a save percentage of 77 .08% this quarter. The Brazilian could improve those stats even further this season, posting 19 clean sheets in the Premier League so far.
The Liverpool striker even appeared with a vital goal against West Brom last season to help secure Champions League qualification.
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Klopp’s Liverpool have generally recruited with flying colors since his arrival, and while the aforementioned quartet have arguably had the biggest impact on the team’s development, there are many others who deserve mention.
In terms of pure value for money, no signing can match Andrew Robertson’s £7million purchase, with only Trent Alexander-Arnold (17) beating the Scot’s 15 assists in all competitions this season.
Thiago Alcantara, who arrived from Bayern Munich before last season, was slow to convince some doubters, largely because of the silky midfielder’s bad luck with injuries, but the Barcelona man has been a source of inspiration in recent weeks and no regular Reds midfielder can match his passing accuracy of 89.56% this term (in all competitions).
If Liverpool have had one weakness over recent seasons, it’s the lack of reliable replacements for Salah and Mane.
However, Diogo Jota’s form and the arrival of Luis Diaz in January have been crucial to Liverpool’s four-time bid. With Jota averaging a goal every 134.6 minutes in the Premier League this season and Diaz registering five goal contributions (three goals, two assists) in just seven league starts, the duo could be crucial in the next round of football. Klopp.