Only two English clubs have spent more money since Jurgen Klopp took charge of Liverpool but they both have one thing the German still lacks – a Premier League title.
Although his side have been left wanting in the title race each year, he has delivered three major cup finals; all of which he’s lost. He’s been labelled as unlucky in some quarters whilst others believe Liverpool’s finishes as runners-up – most notably in last season’s Champions League – have actually been signs of overachieving.
That may be the case if the affable German had stuck to his principles of “doing it differently” (a statement made in response to Manchester United forking out £89million on Paul Pogba in 2016) but he’s certainly been waving the chequebook of late.
Inflated transfer fees have become part and parcel of the modern game in a relatively short amount of time but with the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and defender on his books, he’ll surely find the levels of sympathy bestowed on him for being a nearly man in much shorter supply. Klopp’s now put himself under pressure to deliver some silverware at Anfield.