Liverpool Summer Signings: Half-Term Reports

Liverpool’s summer transfer window promised so much – with a reported £200m transfer war chest made available by owners Fenway Sports Group.

However, the summer ended in disappointment after chasing primary targets only to miss out when the window closed on deadline day.

Virgil Van Dijk was chased extensively, and despite the player wanting the move, he ended up staying at Southampton.

The Reds managed to secure Naby Keita’s signature but not until next season.

Jurgen Klopp did spend around £64m on new signings to bolster his squad, but Liverpool currently sit in 13th after nine games with just 13 points following a disappointing start to the season.

We assess how his recruits have fared so far…

Andrew Robertson

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Signed from: Hull
Signed for:
£8m
Grade:
D

Liverpool have needed an out-and-out left-back for years now with Klopp resorting to James Milner in an unfamiliar role for the majority of last season.

The £8m signing of Andrew Robertson from relegated Hull City gave the Anfield faithful reason for hope as the Scottish international was one of the most promising defenders in the league.

After seemingly losing faith in Alberto Moreno, Robertson seemed destined for the first team only for Klopp to welcome the Spaniard back into the side and he has gone on to make the left back position his own.

Moreno has restricted Robertson to just three appearances so far, and despite impressing against Burnley and Crystal Palace, he continues to find himself on the sidelines – he failed to make the squad in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham.

Especially considering Liverpool’s defensive woes this season, it’s hard to see why Robertson hasn’t been given more of a chance, but his grade must remain low – his relatively cheap transfer fee stops it from going lower.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Signed from: Arsenal
Signed for: £34m
Grade: E

Arguably one of the strangest transfers of the window saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain swap Arsenal for Liverpool in a £34m deal; with just one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates.

It seemed Oxlade-Chamberlain was identified Klopp as the perfect recruit with the England international turning down a move to Chelsea in favour of playing a central role at Anfield.

Things have not gone to plan.

The 24-year-old has started just one game in a red shirt – the 2-0 defeat to Leicester in the Carabao Cup – and is yet to start a game in the Premier League since making a move to Merseyside.

Considering his transfer fee would be greatly reduced in just over a month, it seems odd for Liverpool to pay so much for him to sit on the bench.

He scored his first goal for the club in the 7-0 win over Maribor in the Champions League but his struggles have been well documented, and his confidence looks shot.

Chamberlain has admitted he prefers a central role, but it’s clear that Klopp will continue to deploy him on the wing.

Time is on his side, and there is plenty of games left for the ex-Southampton to make his mark for his new club, but at £34m, performances levels need to improve to prevent being labelled another expensive flop.

Mohamed Salah

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Signed from: Roma
Signed for: £35m
Grade: A*

Liverpool broke their transfer record to bring Mohamed Salah from Roma, which was the second time the Reds have attempted to bring him to England.

He rejected a move to Anfield for Chelsea back in 2014, but the Egyptian winger made just 19 appearances for the Blues before being shipped off to Italy which cast doubt over his move to Merseyside.

However, the 25-year-old has blown his critics out the water with his performances, scoring nine goals in his first 14 appearances, he is arguably the Premier League’s signing of the summer.

Salah has slotted into the Liverpool attack seamlessly alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, adding much-needed pace to Klopp’s attacking options.

Considering his exceptional goal return in his short time with the club, his price tag already seems extraordinarily cheap.

Salah has already won over the Kop who expect the excellent performances to continue.

Dominic Solanke

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Signed from: Chelsea
Signed for: Free (Tribunal)
Grade: B

Klopp was expected to target a big-name striker this summer with Daniel Sturridge heavily linked with leaving the club, but the German opted to bring in England U21 international Dominic Solanke following the expiration of his contract at Chelsea.

The 19-year-old impressed during pre-season and Klopp hinted the forward would be involved with the first-team this season, allowing Divock Origi to leave on loan to Wolfsburg.

With Firmino and Sturridge ahead of him in the pecking order, Solanke was never likely to get much game time in his first season at Anfield, but he has looked bright when coming off the bench.

He gives Liverpool a different option, and many fans feel he should be given more of a chance in the next few weeks given Liverpool’s dreadful form.

Solanke is yet to score a competitive goal for the Reds but he is one of for the future, and his future is bright.

How would you grade Liverpool’s summer signings? Comment below…

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