Salah, Solanke and Roberson shine in Liverpool roit as the new signing prove they are not rusty but ready for the new challenge
the noise, seemingly amplified by the hour, has centered around the signings Liverpool haven’t made. At a celebratory Olympiastadion on Saturday evening, with 54,279 in attendance, it was the recruitment they have done and its knock-on effect that left Hertha Berlin a distant second best.
As the obsession for blockbuster transfers intensifies, fine work increasingly gets fobbed off into the shadows during the summer.
Not this time. However both clubs marked their 125th anniversary and not following what felt like something out of the Book of Revelation on Twitter after the news last week that the Reds would be shelving their interest in RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.
Under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke, brought in following the expiry of his contract with Chelsea, much to Antonio Conte’s chagrin, scored the first and created the second, before the club’s record purchase Mohamed Salah provided further evidence that his initial £36.9 million fee is an absolute snip in this market.
Left-back Andy Robertson, who cost less than one third of that having made the switch from Hull City, got his first outing for the Merseysiders in the second half of the 3-0 victory and immediately showed how his qualities marry into what the squad requires.
Liverpool haven’t done enough business and desperately need to fortify the heart of defence. But that does not mean the shrewd moves they have completed can’t be appreciated.
“That’s exactly how it is,” Jurgen Klopp said on the subject afterwards. “We are not where we want to be yet, but that is what pre-season is for. We have to work really hard now because we’ve got a long, long journey ahead. In this moment, it’s good that everyone looks really positive, in tune, and that’s how it should be.