This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Liverpool have completed some fantastic business under Jurgen Klopp.
The arrival of Mohamed Salah is one that immediately stands out, with him costing €39m (£34m) and since winning the Premier League Golden Boot on two separate occasions. Sadio Mane put the Reds back the same amount, and he went on to become African Player of the Year. The likes of Fabinho, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk have all proven their worth as well.
However, none can surely represent the same value for money as Andrew Robertson. In 2017, the Scotland international was plying his trade for Hull City as they were relegated to the Championship. With a Transfermarkt value of just £6.3m at the time, there were no clears signs he would become a future star.
Still, Klopp obviously saw something many didn’t, making the move to sign him for £8m – hardly a huge amount of money at the time. During the first campaign, he was not a guaranteed starter, often vying for a starting spot with Alberto Moreno, but he did manage to work his way into the starting XI for the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid – unfortunately, though, he was on the losing side.
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The 2018/19 campaign was when he truly announced himself to a wider audience. Along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, he revolutionised the full-back role, racking up a huge 13 assists in all competitions. He was also able to help the side put the wrongs of the year before right in Europe, as they beat Tottenham in the Champions League showpiece in Madrid.
The plaudits soon flooded in. ESPN named him as the best left-back on the planet, whilst Stephen Warnock appeared to agree. His improvement can also be illustrated with the rise in his Transfermarkt value – he is now said to be worth £57.6m, which puts him as the highest in his position on the planet – not bad going for the 25-year-old. It is also a significant amount more than the Reds paid for him, indeed according to that number he would bring in almost £50m worth of profit if they chose to sell him at this point.
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