While Chelsea brought stars from all sides this summer, Manchester United waited for Jadon Sancho as a transfer bomb and led some strange transfer policy, Arsenal chased Aouar and the Partey, Tottenham lined up newcomers in all positions, and City again spent a lot of money, Liverpool had a pretty quiet transitional period.
After another great season for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp announced that there would be no big purchases and many agreed that his team did not need big names. This is how it worked after bringing the promising Tsimikas and the experienced Alcantara at a bargain price.
And then the bomb exploded that Liverpool bought Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton in a transfer that with bonuses can reach a value of over 50,000,000 euros. Yes, the young Portuguese was great for three seasons in the Wolves, but questions were asked whether the caliber for Liverpool, whether the price is too high, whether Liverpool needed a player in the offensive line of the team in addition to trilling Salah - Mane - Firmino and decent reserves like Minamino, Shaqiri and Origi, and even Oxlade Chamberlain who can play on the sidelines.
Bilic on new players
What will Jota do to them, many wondered then? Today, no one is asking anymore, but everyone is praising the decision of Jurgen Klopp to strengthen the team with a great Portuguese. "When you are the best, change two or three players.
It needs to be refreshed. Mourinho ties two titles with Chelsea, so he changes again. And you wonder why they change when they are good?" "Because you need fresh blood. Fuel needs to be refueled. You saw what happened to Barcelona ...
There is no energy. " "Klop's Liverpool does not buy world class. He buys great players who have not yet reached the peak. Let Mane go now ... When Mane came to Liverpool, he wasn't what he is now. Now everyone is saying Salah, Salah ...
And that Salah came from Roma. " "If he was recognized as a world class in Italy, he would go to Juventus as everyone leaves. Wijnaldum? Eliminated in the Championship with Newcastle. Then, in the end, he brought Alison, Van Dijk and Fabinho, who he needed because some players used to cost him the Champions League."
"Klopp is a man who raises the value of the players ", Slaven Bilic once explained it nicely. And he seems to have been right. In two months, Jota won hearts of all Liverpool fans, but also football fans in general.
He scored seven goals in 11 games, scored a hat-trick in the Champions League and became a new deadly weapon for the Reds, so there was a controversy about moving one of the three standard strikers to the bench. The best thing in the whole story is that Jota seems like a modest young man who will have no problem sitting on the bench after a hat-trick, understanding the hierarchy, but also "biting" on the field for every minute of the opportunity given to him by Jurgen Klopp.
It seems that this is just the beginning of his great story at Anfield and that the best is yet to come ... He is only 23 years old.