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MetiNews.Com - Liverpool have enjoyed success in signing defenders under Jurgen Klopp
Breaking News ! Pep Guardiola endured a trophyless first campaign as manager of Manchester City in 2016-17 and insisted the need to recruit defenders. It seems he hasn't stopped since. He has brought in 13 defenders over four years costing a whopping £325m. Since Jurgen Klopp has been Liverpool boss, he has brought in a total of just four defenders permanently costing a total of £90.5million and more than half that amount accounts for just one of them. During the same amount of time, Guardiola has brought in defenders that could complete a full starting eleven and then some. It is a constant debate on whether City have managed to get true value from money spent. They would only have to look at Liverpool to see what such success looks like. Virgil van Dijk arrived from Southampton in January 2018 and has become a key part of a new trophy-laden era which now includes the Premier League. The purchase of Van Dijk was much talked about but despite the huge fee it was a valuable investment. Andy Robertson - signed from relegated Hull at a bargain fee the previous summer - completed the third-most assists in the league this season . Nathan Ake has also suffered relegation with Bournemouth this term before closing in on a move to Manchester City but whether he can replicate the success of the Scotland captain is uncertain. Take our LFC end of season survey here Ake could become the 14th defensive player bought during the Guardiola era at the Etihad and brings the total spent on those recruits up even more to £365.44million. The rest are: Zinchenko (LB) - £1.8m John Stones (CB) - £50.04m Pablo Mari (CB) - £180k Kyle Walker (RB) - £47.43m Danilo (RB) - £27m Benjamin Mendy (LB) - £51.75m Amyeric Laporte (CB) - £58.5m Phillipe Sander (CB) - £2.25m Ko Itakura (CB) - £990k Angelino (LB) - £10.8m Cancelo (RB) - £58.5m Pedro Porro (RB) - £10.8m Yan Couto (RB) £5.4m Of those, four have not even made a single appearance for City, with Mari leaving on loan a day after signing before joining Flamengo permanently then signing for Arsenal this year. Danilo has also since left the club, making the move to Serie A champions Juventus, although Man City at least made a profit on his departure.
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More than half of those players are full-backs and even though Zinchenko has previously played as an attacking midfielder, he established himself in defence and has often been chosen ahead of other acquisitions who cost more than he did. John Stones is tipped to be allowed to leave with Ake joining and could recoup half the fee for the Bournemouth player but question marks remain whether Pep can afford to let him leave. What if Aymeric Laporte becomes injured again? Eric Garcia has proven to be an anomaly in the spending of Guardiola - the former Barcelona prospect was signed for less than £2m and has impressed - but it is undeniable that Liverpool have been concise, calculated and restrained in the defensive market. Ragnar Klavan (CB) - £4.5m Joel Matip (CB) - Free Andy Robertson (LB) - £8.1m Virgil van Dijk (CB) - £76.19m Sepp van den Berg (CB) - £1.71m Only Klavan has left the club while Matip, Robertson and Van Dijk are regulars in the starting line-up. The fact the Cameroonian was brought in on a free transfer also seems more and more like a coup with each medal placed around his neck. There is also the emergence of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold whose careers have risen under Klopp. By the standards of Manchester City, he has saved himself more than £100m with the emergence of a world-class right-back. Neco Williams - another academy talent - is pushing towards the first-team under Klopp while Ki-Jana Hoever originally joined on youth terms for a compensation fee. The acquisition of Sepp van den Berg was a purchase very much for the future and the fee could rise to £4.4m if certain clauses are met. He could even be given a chance to break through next season following the exit of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.
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The list does not include Klopp's most bizarre defensive signing - Steven Caulker - who was brought in on-loan as an emergency back-up from QPR. Klopp did not make the move permanent after experimenting with throwing the England man on as a substitute striker in moments of need. The German has sold £36.25m worth of defenders to get to the talent pool he now has available including a respectable £26m for Mamadou Sakho. Pep, on the other hand, has overseen defensive sales of £19.8m from his squad. As both sides take a short break before preparing to go-ahead for English top league prize yet again, Klopp and Liverpool know their best starting defence. But Guardiola cannot figure out which of his dozen defenders should be first in the pecking order. Will Ake be the mainstay partner for Laporte? Will he be turned into yet another full-back? Will he have to battle with a player six years younger than him for a starting spot? The Manchester City manager seems to lack answers but will continue to throw cash at the problem.
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