Liverpool made a number of serious acquisitions in the the summer transfer window of 2018 when they completed the deal with FP Leipzig (which was agreed in 2017) for midfielder Naby Keita and he joined this season, they also added forward Shaqiri from Stoke City, midfielder Fabinho from Monaco and goalkeeper Alisson from Roma.
At one point before Liverpool confirmed the signing of Alisson there were several reports of Chelsea having beaten Liverpool to the punch and signed the Brazilian keeper. Fortunately the reports turned out to be false as we now know.
The Reds did get their number one target for what at the time was a world record fee for a goalkeeper of £65million. Then in these times of crazy transfer fees, within weeks Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71million from Athletic Bilbao to smash the record fee for a goalie again.
Liverpool’s was a massive spending summer as the outgoings exceeded £180million if you include the £56million for Keita but most importantly they addressed the key areas they lacked depth or genuine quality – signed a world-class keeper (Alisson), added a creative forward to reinforce the attack, offer a real threat off the bench and contest a first team place (Shaqiri) plus added creativity and dynamism to the midfield (Fabinho and Keita).
At the halfway stage of the season, after hammering Arsenal 5-1 courtesy of a Roberto Firminio hat-trick, Liverpool are currently leading the league by 9 points over Spurs and 10 points over Man City (City have a game in hand as I write).
You would have to say that Jurgen Klopp has got the Reds very much on the right path and that given all the contributions from the new signings, they have all had a significant impact including Keita who has not quite yet been hitting the heights like the other 3 who have all been massive parts of the club’s rise to the top of the table. The whole squad has improved too with youngsters like Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold impressing and getting call-ups to the England squads.
The improvement in the amount of goals conceded has to be the most significant change for Klopp’s team and the man most responsible for that has to be Alisson.
The video from 442oons provides a hilarious and entertaining tribute to the Brazilian goalkeeper and they clearly feel he is the signing of the season for Liverpool. Watch below to see if you are in agreement with the choice of the Samba Ace as Liverpool’s number 1 new signing.
While we might tend to agree with 442oons’ take on things, we think that none of Liverpool’s season so far would have been possible without the stellar play of Virgil Van Dijk who has seriously improved the team’s defence making it highly organised meaning it is so much harder to score against. The Reds have only conceded 8 goals in 20 Premier League games so far.
While Alisson may be the best signing of the summer we think that we must say that Alisson and Van Dijk are the best signings of the year as the Dutchman has become the best defender in the world over this season and has provided Alisson with a brilliantly organised and well drilled back 4 in front of him.
Let’s not forget to mention how Klopp’s management and vision has provided the benefits of a very solid midfield with the fast improving Fabinho plus a deadly front 4 selected from Salah, Shaqiri, Firminio, Sane, Sturridge, Origi and Lallana. The Liverpool boss now has quality options on the bench to change the game by adding equal or greater quality players to influence games for his team – something which was so obvious Liverpool were lacking in the Champions League final vs Real Madrid in May.
The key game against Manchester City at the Etihad on January 3rd, 2019 could be crucial in the grand scheme of things but something tells me Klopp’s men are strong enough to cope with what is likely to be a fully firing City team and Liverpool will go on to claim the title for the 19th time but first in 28 years.