X
Follow It's Round and It's White on Facebook

Liverpool's summer signings rated

Thursday 1st September 2016
As a fan of Liverpool football club, I am always excited when the summer transfer window gets underway. I always like to think that we have a chance to sign world-class players and with Jurgen Klopp now taking the club forward, I was more than optimistic in regards to our summer business.

However, like many fellow Liverpool fans, this window has been filled with some disappointment. The side has been screaming out for a new left-back and this position was never filled. We didn't sign any world-class players, but Klopp did get rid of a lot of deadwood within the squad. After the success Klopp had at Dortmund, I completely trust him to take Liverpool back to where they belong. The players who have come through the door at Melwood may not look like much at the moment, but with the guidance of Klopp, who knows what could happen.

Alexander Manninger - GK Free Transfer

Manninger joined the club in late July. After loaning out youngster Danny Ward to Huddersfield, Klopp realised he needed recruitments in the goalkeeping department. At the age of 39, I can't see Manninger gaining much playing time this season. If he does, then it will only be in the cups. I presume the transfer was purely just for backup purposes. During his career, Manninger has played for both Juventus and Arsenal. His experience is invaluable and Klopp is probably hoping he can pass this on to Liverpool's younger goalkeepers. In some way, he is the perfect transfer for the club. It enables Danny Ward to go out on loan and gain valuable experience while also providing a solid backup if needed throughout the season.

My rating: 5/10

Loris Karius- GK £5.2 million

Karius joined from Mainz at the start of July. Last season he was one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga and Klopp will be hoping he can take that form into this campaign. This is of course only possible when he overcomes his hand injury. Last season, Simon Mignolet struggled between the sticks for the Reds. It's difficult to say whether Karius is a direct replacement for Mignolet or if he has been brought in to provide competition. However, if Karius doesn't find a place in the first team this season, he is still a very talented young goalkeeper and I can see him being a serious hit at Anfield in the years to come. Hopefully, Karius will get his chance this season and will help Liverpool in their quest to reach the top 4. A very good transfer in my opinion.

My rating: 8/10

Ragnar Klavan - CB £4.25 million

The transfer of Klavan to Liverpool was an unexpected one. I didn't expect us to buy a new centre back however Klopp decided that it was needed. One thing Klavan does bring is the experience. He has played over 100 times for his country, Estonia, and has numerous appearances for his club sides too. A strong tackling defender with a quick mind, Klavan may be a useful player this season.  He did seem to struggle against Burnley however and this was normally to do with the pace of Andre Gray. Lovren and Matip will probably be Klopp's first choice pairing but Klavan does provide good cover if needed.

My rating: 6/10

Joel Matip- CB Free Transfer

 Matip is an excellent signing
Matip is an excellent signing
Like Manninger, Matip joined Liverpool on a free transfer. Having been a regular at Schalke for a number of years the signing was a real coup for the club. Matip has been capped by his country 27 and made over 200 appearances for the German giants. Matip is tall but quick. He is good in the air and much like Klavan has a strong tackle. He is tactically astute and will work well under Klopp as he is the type of footballer that will fit perfectly into his system. Matip is also not scared about carrying the ball forward. Against Spurs, Matip was vital in helping Liverpool score the first goal as it was his pass the found Roberto Firmino who then won a penalty that James Milner converted. I do believe Matip could be a fantastic signing for the club and due to the fact that he is worth around £15 million to get him on a free was a brilliant piece of business.

My rating: 8/10

Marko Grujic- CM £5.95 million

 Grujic is one for the future
Grujic is one for the future
Grujic joined Liverpool in January from Red Star Belgrade but was loaned out for the remainder of the season. Grujic is an unknown quantity and nobody really knows what to expect from the 20-year-old. Grujic can slot in well anywhere in midfield but is best suited as a central midfielder. He impressed in pre-season but is still yet to start for the reds. He had a short cameo away at Burnley earlier in the season but is yet to break into the first team. Grujic is a strong, powerful runner and reminds me a lot of Igor Biscan when he used to play for Liverpool back in 2005. It may be too early to see Grujic play a big part in Liverpool's campaign this season but he is definitely one to look out for in the future. In my opinion, Grujic is a tremendous talent that Klopp will cherish.

My rating: 7/10

Georginio Wijnaldum - CM- £23 million

Wijnaldum joined Liverpool from relegated Newcastle for a fee in the excess of £23 million. Last season, Wijnaldum impressed for Newcastle at home but was said to be invisible in away games. This will be something that Klopp will hope won't be happening this campaign. Wijnaldum has an incredible engine and can run and run for the full 90 minutes. Technically, he is very good and can find a pass with ease. The Liverpool midfield is stacked with talents such as Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, James Milner and Marko Grujic so it will be interesting to see how Wijnaldum fits into the side. So far he has played as a centre midfielder, but with Emre Can slowly coming back from injury he may be displaced from the side. This transfer was one that I wasn't expected but after viewing his first couple of appearances, Wijnaldum is a Klopp player and he could be very useful this campaign.

My rating: 7/10

Sadio Mane - RM: £35 million

When I saw this transfer I was shocked. I didn't think Mane was anywhere near worth the price and felt that it was a huge gamble. However, after just 3 games, he has already proved me wrong. Mane is lightning quick and has fantastic dribbling to match. This combination makes Mane incredibly difficult to play against and it is what Liverpool have been lacking since the sale of Raheem Sterling. Last week Danny Rose said that facing off against Mane was one of the most difficult games of his life. As a Liverpool fan, I hope every left back Mane comes up against says that! Already I can see the way Klopp has sculpted Mane and I do think that he will be our player of the season even though it is only September.

My rating: 9/10
Jamie Britt
Liverpool FC fan, official club member. Liverpool and the Premier League is my thing but I take a serious interest in European as well as lower league football ! Still waiting for Liverpool to win a league title.....!!

Total articles: 23

Latest Opinion Articles