While much has been made of the big-money signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, one of the big factors in Jurgen Klopp’s success at Liverpool has been the manager’s ability to transform a struggling player’s reputation.
Divock Origi has gone from having no future at Anfield to becoming Liverpool’s clutch goalscorer. Once a figure of derision, Jordan Henderson is now deserved captain of the European and world champions. Before a recent injury, Joel Matip evolved from inconsistent centre-back to Van Dijk’s partner-in-crime. Roberto Firmino was once used as a stick with which to beat ‘laptop guru’ Michael Edwards but is now the perfect No.9. Alberto Moreno, admittedly, was a lost cause.
After two injury-hit seasons in which he made just six Premier League starts, meanwhile, Adam Lallana became Liverpool’s forgotten man. The midfielder was a key figure under Klopp when the German first replaced Brendan Rodgers, but the Reds moved on in his absence and it seemed only a matter of time before he left Merseyside.
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