Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed the club were virtually unchallenged when it came to securing deals for Andy Robertson and Joel Matip.
The German sat down for an interview with Arsene Wenger organised by beIN Sports during the recent Club World Cup.
The pair enjoyed a wide-ranging chat, and at one point talk turned to the recent transfer business that’s been done whilst Klopp has been at the helm at Anfield.
Remarkably, the former Borussia Dortmund coach revealed that the club actually had relative ease when it came to signing two of the team’s most important players.
He said: “[Andy] Robertson was sensational attacking but nobody wanted him because his defending was not good.
“Now you see him now, you can learn defending. Joel Matip on a free transfer, nobody wanted him really. But you need to make good decisions because the other teams don’t sleep.”
£10 million signing Robertson (BBC Sport) is arguably now the best left-back in Europe, while Matip – a free pick-up after he ran down his contract at Schalke – has made a mockery of his critics over the past year or so.
TBR’s view – Liverpool recruitment on point
Liverpool’s transfer committee deserve massive praise for bringing Matip and Robertson to the club for a combined £10 million.
Robertson supposedly ‘couldn’t defend’ particularly well, but clearly it was thought there was enough potential for him to be improved by Klopp.
Realistically Klopp is such a good manager, the transfer people at Anfield can afford to take punts on players that may be lacking in certain areas of their game, in the knowledge there is a good chance they can be improved by a world-class coach.