Amazing to think back to when VVD signed - we were loosing Coutinho, and VVD was coming in for a huge fee and wasn't fully fit or match sharp. Things could've turned out a hell of a lot differently than they have done. Shitty were in for him, but Jürgen convinced him LFC was the right place - another massive example of how we benefit from Klopps pull. Imagine sticking VVD into the Shitty back line - they must have REALLY wanted him - he was offered more money, but we landed him.
Salah has been the player of this season, no doubt, unbelievable number of goals. But VVD is not far behind in being the player of the 2nd half of the season, and in the longer term could turn out to be an even more important signing.
Almost single handedly he's turned a ropey defense into a completely different animal. Great on the ball, physical, dominant in the air - seems like a real leader, calm, super under pressure, possible candidate for captain next season. But it's not just his own play - he's transformed the players around him - Lovren looks more comfortable, Karius who almost looked not up to it is making great saves and looking not out of place. Robertson and TAA are benefiting. I don't have to hide behind the couch after going two or three up and the other side start to turn the screw - we rarely see collapses anymore like what we'd gotten used to seeing - and f**k am I glad of that.
Cou was a top player, but with VVD we imho look that little bit more balanced between attack and defense. Another top piece of business from Jürgen, knew what he wanted and waiting for the exact player he wanted, and we needed. SO great to see us signing players who are in the top 3-5 in their position in the world.
Am just SOO made up with how we've performed this season, how the side is progressing under Jürgen, and the style of football we are playing
It's brilliant to watch, we're in line to get top4 again, in a CL semi for first time in ages and the level and qaulity of football in that competition is so incredible - and am so hopeful for the future knowing Jürgen will strengthen again this summer. Not easy to make signings like VVD, but if Jürgen manages to get a few more in his bracket, going to be exciting times ahead...