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'Klopp hasn't messed around' - Liverpool's transfer business earns Redknapp approval

7:26 PM MYT 07/08/2018
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Four new signings have arrived at Anfield over the summer and the Reds manager has addressed key issues in his squad

Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to challenge for the Premier League title this season with Liverpool by the club's former midfielder Jamie Redknapp after successfully tackling the problems within their squad.

Redknapp has praised the Reds’ boss after a busy summer that has seen four new arrivals at Anfield – including midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, and goalkeeper Alisson.

After bolstering his squad, Klopp has dealt with a number of key issues says Redknapp, who was quick to hail the club for getting their business done early amid the demands of this summer’s early transfer deadline.

And he insisted the pressure is now on Klopp to succeed. Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Redknapp said: “What I like about Liverpool is that they've addressed problems. He hasn't messed around.

“He knew he had to get a goalkeeper and he did it early.

“Of course you want to win something and there’s pressure every single year as a manager. You only need one or two bad seasons and it’s all over. I like this pressure Klopp is under and they look like contenders.

“There is a pressure to a certain extent but it's a positive pressure. There's no point in going into a season not thinking you can win, being unhappy and moaning, having a poor pre-season - a bit like what's happening at Manchester United.

“In Klopp, I'm looking at a manager who fancies his chances this year. They did a number on Man City in three of the four games they played and they've got a goalkeeper.

“If you look at the difference a goalkeeper made for Man City last season and now for Liverpool to get Alisson - yes you paid top dollar for him - but he'll make a huge difference.”

In front of Alisson, the club’s new £65 million shot-stopper who broke the world record fee for a goalkeeper when he arrived from Roma, Redknapp has pointed to the January arrival of Virgil van Dijk as another key acquisition.

And after a fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season, which saw the Merseysiders some 25 points adrift of winners Manchester City, the ex-playmaker is tipping Liverpool to be close contenders this term.

“In defence, he knew he needed to strengthen and bought the best in Virgil van Dijk,” he said.

“He cost £70 million, but I reckon you could sell him for a lot more than that now. He's been brilliant for that back four, he's made everyone look better.

“Liverpool will concede goals because it's a consequence of how they play, but I'd rather have that type of football - that's what you want to see.

“With the players they've bought in, I don't know what else they could have done. They always seem to buy players and Klopp turns them into stars and match winners and players that will be worth so much more than they already are.”