By Alex Taylor
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes that Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum will have to perform straight away at Liverpool next season.
The Reds have made big-money deals for both Mane and Wijnaldum in recent weeks, costing the club £34million and £25million respectively.
Liverpool have enjoyed a proactive summer in the transfer window, spending over £60million to bring in an array of talent that should help them compete for European football next season.
“These two players have obviously played in the Premier League and got the experience,” Sturridge told the Liverpool website. “There’s no need for a bedding-in period with them, it’s more a case of going out there and performing.
“For some of the other players it might take time and the expectation level at Liverpool is so big that everyone has to perform when they arrive.”
Sturridge thinks the new arrivals offer a lot. “Mane has got a lot of speed on the wings; we did have that before but he’s a different kind of player. He has got goals in him as well.
“And the same with Wijnaldum – he is someone who can provide chances for players and score goals.”
Jurgen Klopp has also sanctioned the acquisitions of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius, Marko Grukic and Alex Manninger this summer.
Klopp’s side will have to be in-form from the off as they open their new season with a top-table clash against Arsenal on Sunday 14 August.
The Merseyside outfit played more matches than any other team in the England top-tier last season after reaching the final of the Europa League, and will need all the resources they can muster to battle on all fronts again in their upcoming campaign.
In other Liverpool transfer news, former Anfield striker Stan Collymore has slammed the transfer fee Manchester United will pay to Paul Pogba’s agent, insisting supporters are the ones who will suffer.