Paul Merson delivers verdict on Liverpool FC transfer business

The Gunners legend believes Liverpool’s summer spending spree has turned them into the ‘real deal'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Paul Merson believes that Liverpool’s transfer dealings over the summer has put them in good stead for the campaign ahead.

Last summer, Guinean midfielder Naby Keita signed a pre-contract with Liverpool to join this year in a £54m deal from RB Leipzig, which effectively kicked off their 2018/19 spending.

The Reds have also added £56.25m Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker to their ranks, who is not only a brilliant goalkeeper, but a playmaker who completed more passes last season than Man City’s revered play-making keeper, Ederson.

On top of this, Liverpool FC have also added the £40m signing of another Brazilian, central midfielder Fabinho, as well as an outlay of £13.2m on Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

After a flurry of strengthening all over the pitch, Merson believes Jürgen Klopp’s side should now be contending for titles.

“They are the real deal. They have bought very well,” Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“They look good and did what they needed to do.”

It was clear after their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May that Liverpool would need a new goalkeeper, and Keita’s ability to both complement or replace captain Jordan Henderson has given Liverpool some much-needed guile behind their blistering front three.

Fabinho and Shaqiri will serve as reinforcements in a team which will want to and seemingly be able to go one step further this campaign.

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