Anfield is undeniably buzzing with life both on and off the pitch. You can call it the ‘Klopp fever’ and you are not wrong. The Reds are beginning to find their feet once again following intermittent, inconsistent, and unconvincing run of form in the start to Jurgen Klopp’s era. Saturday’s lunchtime clash against West Ham at the Boleyn ground will afford Liverpool the chance to make it three in a row and kick-start the new year in fine fashion.
Away from the pitch, Liverpool are also enjoying the prospect of massive transfer recruitments. The club has reportedly completed the signing of youngster, Marco Grujic from Red Star Belgrade, and are currently linked to a host of big names across Europe.
Prior to this era, the Merseysiders have been tagged an average team, merely a top six contender. They have been unable to attract big stars, try hard as they could, but without success. This was compounded by their inability to hold on to their bright and promising talents (in Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, and Steven Gerrard). In their bid to ‘replace’ these talents, they spend ridiculously outrageous amounts on players who end up failing to live up to expectations (consider Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Lazar Markovic).
Now, Liverpool are keen to do business and set the records straight on transfers with the capture of West Brom’s want-away striker, Saido Berahino. The Reds are a long-time admirer of the 22-year old forward who they failed to sign last summer. Berahino does does not feel at home at the Hawthornes and seems to be embroiled in a rift with manager, Tony Pulis. Pulis had regarded Berahino “lucky”‘ to even get a place on the bench in the game against Newcastle and stated that the player “lets himself down at times”. Victor Anichebe was preferred to start in the 1-0 victory over Newcastle in the absence of the suspended Salmon Rondon.
Berahino is valued at £23.5m and would be a valuable buy for Liverpool given his strength and prospects. Even though Tottenham are said to be interested in the forward, it is expected that Liverpool will wrap up the deal in the coming days. Klopp needs strikers urgently considering the injury-depleted state of his attacking line with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all sidelined (Sturridge is expected back anytime soon, but he is very injury prone and not guaranteed to be always available for the rest of the season).