It is somewhat ironic that Liverpool’s best signing from the Bundesliga wasn’t actually brought in by the man who won it twice.
Roberto Firmino signed for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in the summer of 2015, with Jurgen Klopp then pitching up a few months later to begin his Red revolution.
Klopp’s time at Anfield has featured the club signing seven players from the manager’s homeland, with an eighth now potentially on the way in the former of exciting RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konte.
But who will the young Frenchman be following in the footsteps of if he pitches up on Merseyside? And how did those players fare?
Let’s get rating.
7. Alex Manninger – Free from Augsburg, July 2016
Liverpool needed some goalkeeping experience in Klopp’s first summer in the job and so in came the 39-year-old former Arsenal stopper Manninger.
The Austrian never played for the first-team though, and retired after a year with the Reds.
6. Loris Karius – £4.7million from Mainz, July 2016
For a while Liverpool almost sought to game the system with their transfers, a policy which led to moves for players such as Karius.
He’s still contracted to the club, but we all know how things effectively ended for him on that fateful night in Kiev.
5. Ragnar Klavan – £4.2million from Augsburg, July 2016
It says a lot about Klavan’s reputation among Reds fans that plenty wished that he was still around this season.
The no-nonsense Estonian was a Reds player for two years, filling in when needed and often doing a more than decent job during his 53 appearances.
4. Ozan Kabak – Loan from Schalke, January 2021
Liverpool’s needs were obvious in the last transfer window, with Kabak recruited to help fix an alarming crisis at the heart of their defence.
Michael Edwards’ deal to ensure that the Reds have no obligation to buy the Turkish international was an impressive one, but after some decent displays of late they might be wise to trigger their £18million option in the summer.
3. Naby Keita – £52.75million from RB Leipzig, July 2018
There is a school of thought that suggests that the Liverpool that agreed to sign Keita in the summer of 2017 didn’t really exist by the time the Guinean actually joined the club a year later.
The Reds had become a side far less reliant on midfield invention in that 12 months, and Keita has struggled to consistently provide that during his three years at the club, largely due to his injury issues.
2. Thiago Alcantara – £20million from Bayern Munich, September 2020
No-one doubts the outstanding quality of the Spanish international, but Thiago surely can’t believe the mess he’s walked into at Anfield this season.
He’s so far made 19 appearances for the Reds, but with crippling injuries and a loss of form affecting the club this season, he’s yet to really play in the team he was signed for.
1. Joel Matip – Free from Schalke, July 2016
He’s another who has suffered with injuries, but pound for pound the free transfer signing of Matip from Schalke has to be considered Klopp’s best bit of business from his homeland to date.
Matip was a key figure in the 2019 Champions League win, and although his body often lets him down when he’s been asked to string a run of appearances together, he’s often hugely impressive when fit.