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Liverpool were praised for their pre-season transfer business—but how have those fared signed in Jurgen Klopp‘s first summer?

Talk of Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and other recent arrivals is all well and good, but in truth the recruitment drive at Liverpool has been on the up for some time.

After two-and-a-half seasons with Klopp at the helm, the team is really starting to take shape in a manner which excites the fans for what may lie ahead.

Signings have been carefully thought out and then snared, largely no matter the cost or the wait time, and show exactly what the German boss wants to achieve with the team.

Two summers ago Klopp added five seniors to his squad—along with player-goalkeeper coach Alex Manninger, who stayed only one year and is not graded here—while a whole host departed as the reshaping continued apace.

For the quintet who joined in the summer of 2016, it’s almost two years up at Anfield, so how have each fared?


 

Loris Karius

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 4, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius celebrates after saving a penalty from Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What a rollercoaster it has been for the German goalkeeper since his arrival.

He was heralded as one of the Bundesliga’s finest when he signed, but it took him around 16 months to begin to show his best form.

Twice he usurped Simon Mignolet from the No. 1 role; the first occasion, his own inconsistencies saw him lose the position again, but there appears no danger of a repeat performance this time.

Karius has grown in stature over the last three or four months, keeping clean sheets with a mix of…



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