Liverpool’s summer transfer business: Early signs more promising than worrying

Just as the Premier League season has got into full swing, the tedium of an international break has come along and dampened the spirits.

The domestic break does allow us to have a little look at how Liverpool’s new signings have started, though, after seven faces made the move to Merseyside in the summer.

Admittedly, the Reds have only played four games in 2016/17 to date, but we have still had a decent look at a number of the new faces.

What we have witnessed is more positive than negative.

Without question, the man who has really lit up the opening weeks of the campaign is Sadio Mané, who looks an outstanding buy.

The way in which the former Southampton man tore Barcelona apart in pre-season whet the appetite, and he took that form with him in the 4-3 win over Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season.

The Senegal international was unstoppable at times at the Emirates, and his stunning solo effort was one of the great Liverpool debut goals.

Three assists against Burton in the League Cup, and another excellent display against Tottenham has made this an almost perfect start by Mané.

His stock even rose in the dire 2-0 loss to Burnley, due to the fact he wasn’t playing.

There’s a reason why Jurgen Klopp was so desperate to acquire his signature in the summer, and the Liverpool manager appears to have played a blinder.

The start of Joel Matip’s Reds career was delayed because of injury, but the Cameroonian has shone in both appearances so far, against Burton and Spurs.

The 25-year-old is a centre-back known for having the odd mistake in him, but like Mané, he is exactly the type of player Liverpool have been missing for so long.

Giant in stature, elegant on the ball and a very good reader of the game, he looks to be the closest thing the Reds have had to Sami Hyypia since the giant Finn departed in 2009.

Ragnar Klavan also looks an astute purchase, even if he did endure a dreadful day at the office against Burnley.

The Estonian brings with him a vast wealth of experience and consistency, and looks like a solid squad player who will fill in effectively when called upon.

He is an upgrade on Martin Skrtel, but then I suppose I would be an upgrade on Liverpool’s much-maligned former defender.

Georginio Wijnaldum is one who has struggled to set the world alight so far, and there are slight early concerns over his all-round impact.

He doesn’t feel like an efficient defence-minded midfielder, but he also doesn’t look as though he will add too many goals in the final third.

The Dutchman has been on the periphery of almost every game he has featured in so far, and more influence is required.

It is such early days, though, so to overly accuse him of lacking a spark would be knee-jerkery of the highest order.

Marko Grujic, a January signing who moved in the summer, has not really been given the chance to build on an impressive pre-season, but he is very much a squad player at present.

At just 20 years of age, that’s understandable, especially with several more experienced midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order.

Liverpool’s two new goalkeepers, Loris Karius and Alex Manninger, are yet to feature at all in 2016/17, so we will have to reserve judgement until they play.

Karius has the feel of a very good signing about him, however, given his reputation in the Bundesliga last season.

The German should come straight in and replace Simon Mignolet when he returns from injury, even if taking a little time to settle into life in England results in the odd error.

It has been an average start to the season by the Reds – four points from trips to Arsenal, Burnley and Spurs is far more respectable than many are claiming – and the same can be said of their summer recruits.

Mané has been exceptional, and is already a key man, while Matip looks promising, but it is still a case of bedding in for them and the rest of the new arrivals.

Once the Liverpool players return from the international break and get a few more games under their belt, all will become a little clearer.

There is no new player that should be a cause of concern, but equally, it would have been nice to see a little more from certain individuals.

Written by @HenryJackson87

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