Since arriving at Anfield in 2015, Jurgen Klopp has restored Liverpool as one of English and European football’s juggernauts.
Prior to his arrival, the Reds had fluctuated between title near-misses and mid-table obscurity with a distinct lack of silverware to fill the famous halls of Anfield.
But with some work developing younger players and a serious amount of expertise in securing the perfect parts to complement his side, Klopp has well and truly brought the good times back to the red half of Merseyside — a Champions League title is already under the belt and it’s hard to see them losing out on a first-ever Premier League crown from here.
So, below is a ranking of every Klopp signing to make an appearance for Liverpool, based upon their share value on Football Index.
Football Index takes into consideration a number of factors, including age, form, transfer rumours and the fact that attackers will usually get more media attention than goalkeepers. You can learn more about Football Index here (providing as you’re 18+ and Gamble Aware.)
Read on to see how Klopp’s recruits stack up.
15. Loris Karius
Transfer deal: £4.75m (from Mainz 05 in 2016)
Current Football Index value: £0.28
Was starting to look he could be a mainstay between the sticks for the Reds until that Champions League final — the less said about that the better. Now plays for Besiktas and given his loss of reputation and the fact he’s a goalkeeper, it’s no surprise to see Karius’ value sit at just £0.28 per share.
14. Ragnar Klavan
Transfer deal: £4.2m (from Augsburg in 2016)
Current Football Index value: £0.31
Signed for a snip of a fee to provide cover at centre-back and did an admirable job. Became something of a cult hero to Kopites for his unnecessary shows of skill upon receiving the ball under absolutely no pressure. Now plays in Italy for Cagliari.
13. Joel Matip
Transfer deal: Free transfer (from Schalke in 2016)
Current Football index value: £0.61
As far as value for money signings go, it’s hard to top Joel Matip, who arrived on a free transfer in 2016 but has put in consistent, reliable and dominant defensive performances whenever called upon. The fact that he’s a defender and currently injured pushes him down this list with a surprisingly low value of £0.61 per share.
12. Dominic Solanke
Transfer deal: £3m (from Chelsea in 2017)
Current Football Index value: £0.67
Never really made the grade with Liverpool and is having similar struggles now with Bournemouth. Eight goals in 77 senior club appearances is a worrying return. Still, he’s young and he’s a striker, and those two traits come at a premium.
11. Marko Grujic
Transfer deal: £5.1m (from Red Star Belgrade in 2016)
Current Football Index value: £0.72
It certainly feels like Grujic has been “ready” to step up for Liverpool for the entire time he’s been at the club but, thus far, he’s only been able to find real success out on loan. Currently tearing it up in the German Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin.
10. Xherdan Shaqiri
Transfer deal: £13.5 (from Stoke City in 2018)
Current Football Index value: £0.78
Has struggled for consistency at times and probably hasn’t had as much time on the pitch in a red shirt as he’d have liked, but there’s no denying Shaqiri has justified his arrival with some big goals and important contributions, as we recently saw against Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Transfer deal: £39m (from Monaco in 2018)
Current Football Index value: £0.84
Initially, Fabinho took some time to adjust to the demands of Klopp’s style of play, but he has well and truly hit his stride now. Injury means he’s been out of the headlines recently, which explains his modest Football Index value of £0.84 per share.
Transfer deal: £56m (from Roma in 2018)
Current Football Index value: £0.88
You could easily pinpoint three or four Klopp signings to have seriously transformed Liverpool and Alisson is most certainly one of them. Being a goalkeeper, his value is a comparatively low £0.88 per share but make no mistake, he’s been worth every single penny of that £56m the Reds handed over to Roma in 2018.
7. Georginio Wijnaldum
Transfer deal: £23m (from Newcastle in 2016)
Current Football Index value: £1.06
Often lauded as Liverpool’s “unsung hero”, most are now well aware of the brilliant all-round contribution Wijnaldum offers Klopp. Scores goals, has an eye for a pass and isn’t afraid to get stuck into a tackle, some transformation from the inconsistent attacking midfielder he was originally signed as from Newcastle.
6. Andy Robertson
Transfer deal: £8m (from Hull City in 2017)
Current Football Index value: £1.66
Arriving for just £8m from relegated Hull City, Robertson was certain to be a bench-warmer for a couple of years before heading back down the footballing pyramid, right?
Not quite. The Scotland international has given Klopp and Liverpool unbelievable value for money, elevating himself as the most impressive left-back in the Premier League, if not Europe. Tackles, crosses, assists, and endless energy, Robertson has it all.
5. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Transfer deal: £35m (from Arsenal in 2017)
Current Football Index value: £1.94
Has had some horrific luck with injury since moving from Arsenal but looks right on top of his game this season. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s form in recent months has seen him win back a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and pushed his value up to a handsome £1.94 per share.
4. Naby Keita
Transfer deal: £52m (from RB Leipzig, agreed in 2017, joined in 2018)
Current Football Index value: £2.04
Keita seems to have spent more time in the headlines for not fulfilling his potential at Liverpool, rather than setting the world alight.
Seems to be finding a little more form of late, generating some positive press and pushing his value up to £2.04 per share.
3. Virgil van Dijk
Transfer deal: £75m (from Southampton in 2018)
Current Football Index value: £2.65
Is this the mother of all signings? Putting it bluntly, before Liverpool acquired Van Dijk, they looked like they couldn’t defend, but after they did, they became rock solid.
Van Dijk recently came second to Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or voting by just seven points, a remarkable achievement for a centre-back. No wonder his value
2. Sadio Mane
Transfer deal: £34m (from Southampton in 2016)
Current Football Index value: £3.19
There’s no doubting Sadio Mane has been absolutely top-class from the day he joined Liverpool but, this season, he’s become arguably the club’s most important attacker.
The Senegal international already has 11 goals and five assists in 21 appearances across all competitions this season. This form, a fourth-place ranking in the Ballon d’Or awards and the glowing media attention that comes with it have all combined to seriously ramp up his value during 2019.
1. Mohamed Salah
Transfer deal: £36.9m (from Roma in 2017)
Current Football Index value: £4.36
While Mane has hit new levels in 2019, there’s absolutely no denying that Mohamed Salah has been the main man in Klopp’s front three in recent years.
The “Egyptian King” has scored 82 goals in 125 appearances for the Reds since joining from Roma in 2017 and, as a result, has consistently been linked with the likes of Real Madrid.
Salah’s value has actually been on the slide over the past six months but at £4.36 per share, you’d still have to pay a pretty penny to get in on the action — that might just be a sound investment come the end of the season.
Who do we think are Liverpool’s top 10 Klopp signings?
- Virgil van Dijk
- Mohamed Salah
- Sadio Mane
- Andy Robertson
- Joel Matip
- Georginio Wijnaldum
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Disagree with our picks? Let us know your top 10 in the comments section.