Liverpool took some chances this summer when it came to signing new players, but their outgoings are unquestionable. Takumi Minamino is in charge of those being watched
When it comes to transfers, Liverpool has a history of making the right decisions. While they occasionally take a chance—for example, waiting to buy a midfielder until Arthur Melo came on loan this summer—they are frequently proven correct in the long term.
Additionally, that does not only apply to incomings. With a few more reminders of it already this season, it also applies to the players they let go.
Takumi Minamino was recognized this week as the “flop of the season” by the French publication Le Quotidien du Sport, which questioned his physicality and claimed it was not surprising that he struggled to make an impact in the Premier League.
Although the Japanese scored for Monaco on Sunday, giving them a goal and two assists in four Ligue 1 games, it has been determined thus far that paying £17 million of the profit realized from the sale of Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid may not have been the best use of the money.
Alvise Cagnazzo, an Italian journalist for the Daily Mail, referred to Divock Origi as the “worst signing of the summer” in Serie A. Following the expiration of his contract at Anfield, the Belgian has yet to begin work at AC Milan.
The judgement on Sadio Mané at Bayern Munich is also changing after a great start, following a disappointing run of outcomes by the high standards of the Bundesliga winners.
Even though some people incorrectly blamed Liverpool’s early struggles on the absence of the Senegal forward, Julian Nagelsmann was keen to add Mané to his squad in the summer, and Bayern thought it was a coup. However, so far, that has not been successful.
After joining PSG on a free transfer, Gini Wijnaldum was named the Ligue 1 “flop of the year” the previous campaign. Since then, AS Roma has received the Dutchman on loan.
Together, those four players might earn Liverpool almost £52 million, so based on the data thus far, it appears like the Reds made the right decision to allow them to leave.
There is a case to be made that Liverpool should have added another player capable of giving attacking depth to the lineup to make up for the absence of Origi and Minamino, and Wijnaldum had his advantages.
But it also demonstrates that Jurgen Klopp got more out of the group than others would have, and that Michael Edwards (and Julian Ward, who benefited from the goodwill of his predecessor), made the right decisions in allowing them to move on.