Klopp cannot afford to get this wrong


YET again Liverpool look set for a major summer overhaul after club owners Fenway Sports Group gave manager Jurgen Klopp the green light to splash the cash at the end of the campaign in a bid to turn a squad that is struggling to qualify for Europe and lost the Capital One Cup final into a serious force.

Klopp, who has already secured the signing of defender Joel Matip from Schalke and Serbia Under-21 midfielder Marko Grujic, had been adamant that a raft of new faces would not arrive but an overhaul of the playing staff will take place during the summer.

Few clubs in the Premier League have brought in as many new faces – or spent as much – as the Reds over the past few seasons. Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers outlaid just under £300million on 33 players from the time he took charge in June 2012 until last October when he was sacked, with many of these on excessive wages.

Klopp, of course, can’t be blamed for any of those flops – and there are a number who have still to prove themselves – and it’s only natural that he wants to build and develop his own squad but Liverpool need some sort of stability, some continuity – they can’t get it wrong this time.

One of Rodgers’ final signings – and his most expensive – Christian Benteke is set to be just one of several big names told their services are no longer required at Anfield.

The Daily Mail reports: “Christian Benteke, last summer’s heading grabbing arrival at £32.5million, faces an increasingly uncertain future, with Klopp failing to use him against Augsburg in the Europa League and in the Capital One Cup final penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City.

“Joe Allen is entering the final 12 months of his contract but Liverpool have not made any attempt to renew his terms, while the position of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet – who was culpable for the goal Fernandinho scored for Manchester City at Wembley – is under threat.

“Those who will definitely leaving the summer include Kolo Toure, Jose Enrique and Joao Teixeira.”

This summer window is looming as one of the most important in recent times for Liverpool and targets must surely include a world-class keeper, a reliable proven goalscorer and some defensive reinforcement. With rivals Chelsea and the Manchester clubs set to spend big, and the emergence of Tottenham, along with the continuing threat of Arsenal, the Reds cannot afford to be left behind.

As the list below shows, Rodgers got it wrong too often. As a result, Klopp cannot.

Players bought by Brendan Rodgers

Player Club Fee Date
Fabio Borini Roma £10,400,000 13 July 2012
Joe Allen Swansea £15,000,000 10 August 2012
Oussama Assaidi Heerenveen £3,000,000 17 August 2012
Nuri Sahin Real Madrid On Loan 25 August 2012
Samed Yesil Bayer Leverkusen £1,000,000 30 August 2012
Daniel Sturridge Chelsea £12,000,000 2 January 2013
Philippe Coutinho Inter Milan £8,500,000 30 January 2013
Luis Alberto Sevilla £6,800,000 22 June 2013
Iago Aspas Celta Vigo £7,000,000 23 June 2013
Simon Mignolet Sunderland £9,000,000 25 June 2013
Kolo Toure Free Transfer Free 2 July 2013
Aly Cissokho Valencia On Loan 20 August 2013
Mamadou Sakho Paris St Germain £15,000,000 2 September 2013
Tiago Ilori Sporting Lisbon £7,000,000 2 September 2013
Victor Moses Chelsea On Loan


2 September 2013
Rickie Lambert Southampton £4,500,000 2 June 2014
Adam Lallana Southampton £25,000,000 1 July 2014
Emre Can Bayer Leverkusen £9,750,000 3 July 2014
Kevin Stewart Free Transfer Free 3 July 2014
Lazar Markovic Benfica £19,800,000 15 July 2014
Dejan Lovren Southampton £20,000,000 27 July 2014
Divock Origi Lille £9,800,000 29 July 2014
Javier Manquillo Atletico Madrid On Loan 6 August 2014
Alberto Moreno Sevilla £12,000,000 16 August 2014
Mario Balotelli AC Milan £16,000,000 25 August 2014
Joe Gomez Charlton £6,000,000 20 June 2015
Adam Bogdan Free Transfer Free 1 July 2015
Danny Ings Unknown 1 July 2015
James Milner Free Transfer Free 1 July 2015
Nathaniel Clyne Southampton £12,500,000 1 July 2015
Roberto Firminho Hoffenheim £29,000,000 6 July 2015
Christian Benteke Aston Villa £32,500,000 22 July 2015
Allan Rodrigues de Souza Internacional £500,000 2 September 2015



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