“Other clubs can go out and spend money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.”
Jurgen Klopp has been firmly chewed up and spat out by the Premier League machine over the last two-and-a-half years and now Liverpool are spending money like they need to get rid of their pounds before Bitcoin takes over.
Not only have the they got the world’s most expensive defender in Virgil Van Dijk but they are about to sign Roma’s Alisson for a world record fee for a goalkeeper.
You keep doing things ‘differently’ Jurgen.
No one is saying Klopp is a bad person for spending the money Liverpool are willing to give him and at least he is buying saucy, exciting players in every position.
The new-look Liverpool might be the only team that can actually get close to, or even beat, Pep Guardiola’s too likeable runaway title winners.
A quick run down of Liverpool’s starting XI for the beginning of next season and you would be forgiven for thinking you were looking at Barcelona’s transfer wishlist.
The World’s most expensive goalkeeper, the world’s most expensive defender, Dejan Lovren, the Scottish Roberto Carlos and England’s next great left-back – and that’s only the back five.
The Reds have already brought enough players to overload their midfield full of stars three times over and it still looks like Nabil Fekir could turn up at any moment from Lyon.
In addition to their formidable front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane who almost got bored of setting each other up towards the end of last season, Klopp’s brought in Naby Keita and Fabinho as midfield replacements, addressed the goalkeeping situation with Alisson and Fekir could be on his way to add more fire in the middle.
So how can they challenge Man City as the self-titled Premier League champions-elect?
Well, as spicy as Liverpool’s attack was last season it was at the back where they really lost the title.
There were too many occasions that the Reds would steam into a lead thanks to a Firmino no look finish or Salah turning into Messi, only for Lovren and Karius to combine to somehow let the opposition back in.
Being 2-0 up against WBA at the end of last season only to concede two and draw against a team that was relegated – you won’t win the title like that lads.
But now, they’ve got one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the man who kept City’s No.1 on the bench for Brazil.
Van Dijk is one of the most powerful, physical presences in the league and will marshal the defence, he’s the perfect foil for Lovren too.
To be fair to the Croat, he can now call himself a World Cup finalist and don’t worry it hasn’t gone to his head.
It’s not like he thinks he’s the best defender in the world or anything.
But paired with Van Dijk he might actually become a responsible centre-back capable of playing 90 minutes without a glaring error.
And in midfield Liverpool are literally dripping with options.
Fabinho will start in the holding role, paired with Keita and then possibly Fekir if he comes in.
Later in the season when Liverpool may be deep into a European campaign there is depth in the squad with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana are plausible replacements.
However if Liverpool really want to challenge City for the Premier League title they might have to sacrifice at least one of other tournament, most likely the Champions League.
City have got so much money they can boast two world class players in almost every position, so fighting on four front all season is no problem for them.
Liverpool on the other hand drew too many games having rested players to fight in Europe.
With their new recruits that won’t be an issue this year.
And think about how many fantasy points those new boys could get you on Dream Team.