After lifting their first ever Premier League title, just one campaign after their sixth Champions League success, it could be argued that securing the services of manager Jürgen Klopp is Liverpool’s most vital signing over the past three decades.
The charismatic German’s five years in Merseyside has been nothing short of remarkable, in which the Reds have played some of the most scintillating football Anfield has ever seen.
Spearheaded by the notorious attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool have given defenders all over the continent many sleepless nights in recent years.
However, striving to stay at the summit of European football is no easy feat.
Few clubs on the Champions League circuit can boast the kind of smart business Liverpool have done in recent transfer windows thanks to the likes of Michael Edwards, the club’s sporting director who has achieved cult-hero status among the Anfield faithful for his shrewd dealings.
Here are the club’s most recent arrivals and departures, and how they’ve got on.
Diogo Jota (£40.2million, Wolves)
Some question marks were raised over the fee for a forward who registered eight goal contributions in 34 games last season, but the Portuguese international has made light work of his time with the reigning Champions so far, netting nine times in his first 17 appearances.
Thiago Alcantara (£19.8million, Bayern Munich)
One of the most aesthetically pleasing technicians to grace the modern game, Thiago has enjoyed stints in some of the best midfields in the world.
Graduating from Barcelona ’s renowned ‘La Masia’ academy, Thiago went on to light up the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.
His signing from the German giants further reinforces Liverpool’s intent to retain their Premier League, adding grace and finesse to Klopp’s industrious midfield, although he’s been out of action since October’s Merseyside derby.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (£11.7million, Olympiacos)
Though the 24-year-old left-back’s name doesn’t carry quite the same weight as Jota or Thiago, Liverpool fans can rest easy knowing Andy Robertson has a more than capable deputy.
Purchased from Greek champions Olympiacos, Tsimikas has made eight appearances for Greece’s national side, bagging an assist on his international debut.
The full-back already has experience of playing outside his home country, completing loan spells with sides in Denmark and Holland.
Takumi Minamino (£7.6million, Red Bull Salzburg)
Having only joined in January 2020, Minamino has already made Liverpool history as the first ever Japanese player to represent the club.
Signed from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg after Liverpool were the first to activate his release clause, Minamino made his debut against fierce local rivals Everton in a third round FA Cup clash.
Minamino scored his first goal for the Reds in their Community Shield defeat to Arsenal in August, his late equaliser sending the tie to penalties. He then scored his first Premier League goal in December.
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Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United,£23million)
A name that was always on the lips of every Liverpool fan excitedly talking about youth prospects, Brewster never managed to fully integrate himself into Klopp’s permanent plans.
At the tender age of 20, Brewster opted to fly the nest and part ways with Liverpool after five years, in favour of Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side where minutes have been lot less difficult to come by, though he’s still yet to open his account for the Blades.
Having never played a Premier League game for the Reds, Liverpool can consider securing £23m for the youngster a job well done.
Dejan Lovren (Zenit St. Petersburg,£10.8 Million)
An often divisive character at Liverpool, Lovren enjoyed six years in Merseyside in which he won the Premier League and the Champions League.
His last gasp Europa League winner against Borussia Dortmund to see Liverpool reach the 2016 Europa League semi-final the most notable moment of his Merseyside tenure.
He now plies his trade for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg after a £10m move last summer. He made his debut in the Russian Super Cup, which Zenit won, and has already scored for the reigning champions.
Adam Lallana (Brighton & Hove Albion, free)
One of the most popular figures to recently depart the club, Lallana was always valued by boss Jürgen Klopp for his experience.
Having spent six years at Liverpool, Lallana left with 18 goals, including a memorable equaliser away at Manchester United in 2019.
He eventually departed on a free transfer to Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion, where his contract runs for three years.
Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace, free)
Having spent five years at the club, Clyne’s time at Liverpool is very much a story of two halves. Having remained almost always fit in his first few years, Clyne’s latter days at Liverpool were marred by continuing injury problems.
Making zero appearances in the title winning side, Liverpool eventually confirmed his contract would not be renewed.
Clyne has since returned to the club where it all began for him, spending the first four years of his professional career at Crystal Palace, making 122 appearances, – he has now returned to Selhurst Park on a short-term deal.