Transfer Round Up
The transfer window certainly hasn't slammed shut just yet but Liverpool have already secured a bit of business with the main transaction being the extension of Jurgen Klopp's stay at Anfield. No complaints here.
The Reds first real signing I suppose was Joel Matip who had already agreed pre-conditions with the Reds and had to wait until the summer in order for all the i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed. I must confess I don't know a hell of a lot about Matip but from what I have seen/read he seems like a great fit for the back line. At 24 he's certainly one for the future and I'm always a sucker for a goalscoring defender!
"I am certain that this is the right moment for me to take the next step in my career." - Joel Matip
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Next up is Loris Karius the German goalkeeper, according to several fans and pundits Loris could even feature ahead of Simon Mignolet come season start. Purchased as competition, he may be favoured by Jurgen Klopp who has admired the ex Mainz player's talent for some time.
Karius made 34 appearances in the Bundesliga last season and kept a clean sheet in nine matches.
"It's a very good feeling and it's an honour to play for a club like this." - Loris Karius
Maro Grujic has also officially joined the club after going back on loan to Red Star Belgrade. I am almost certain I keep pronouncing his name wrong! Again I can't say I know a lot about Grujic but it's clear several football boffins on Twitter are excited by the signing. At just 20 years of age he's another blossoming star that Jurgen will surely be aiming to mould into his team. Grujic bagged six goals and seven assists last season from his central midfield position.
"I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe." - Marko Grujic
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Last but certainly not least, Sadio Mane. The price tag was far too high, there's no denying that but these days if you really want a player you're gonna pay through the nose. I really like Mane I just feel as though he needs to hit the ground running in order to be accepted entirely by a Liverpool fan base who are perhaps split on the decision to spend so much money on the player.
The left winger gives Liverpool a great option as it's been a very long time since an actual, like real winger played at L4.
Mane featured in 37 matches in the league for Southampton last season and scored 11 goals while assisting on seven occasions. It's a wonderful addition to the Liverpool side I just hope it all works out. It is believed Klopp had been tracking the Senegalese player since the 2012 Olympics. Who says nobody watches the football at the games eh?!
"Today is a big day and I am very happy to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe." - Sadio Mane
The Reds have also welcomed Luis Alberto, Samid Yesil, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli back from their loan spells. It is unclear how many of those players will remain in a Red shirt next season and big names like Martin Skrtel, Christian Benteke and Joe Allen could also be on the way out. This week has also seen Liverpool strike a deal with Bournemouth after Jordon Ibe was sold on with the inclusion of buy back and sell on clauses.
Stay tuned to The Liver Bird for further transfer round ups and fresh looking previews and reports for the start of the 2016/2017 Premier League season!