Under Jurgen Klopp’s stewardship, Liverpool have transformed into a tightly run ship with regard to transfers.
This is after the Blackpool incident where the club were in the headlines for the wrong reasons following accusations of “tapping up” the then Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.
Changing transfer strategy
Since that debacle, the club have adopted the approach of only informing a select few journalists once a deal is almost complete.
Due to the implementation of this journalist embargo, it’s become easier to decipher the truthfulness of a Liverpool transfer story as any rumours and gossip are highly likely to be false due to the fact that transfer leaks no longer occur.
One of the best examples of the swift approach to transfers the club now conducts was their signing of former AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho.
The club’s sporting director Michael Edwards had been silently yet aggressively pursuing the player for months, yet news of this only broke out a couple of hours before Fabinho had put pen to paper.
With all that being said, let’s take a look at Liverpool transfer reliability below!
Liverpool transfer tier of reliability
|Name||Media Outlet / Country||Tier Ranking||Reliability Rating|
|Official Club Source||www.liverpoolfc.com||Tier 0|
|James Pearce||The Athletic||Tier 1|
|Paul Joyce||The Times||Tier 1|
|Chris Bascombe||The Telegraph||Tier 1|
|BBC Sport||United Kingdom||Tier 1|
|Melissa Reddy||Goal.com||Tier 1|
|Dominic King||Daily Mail||Tier 2|
|Phil McNulty||BBC Sport||Tier 2|
|Simon Hughes||The Athletic||Tier 2|
|Neil Jones||Goal.com||Tier 2|
|David Lynch||Liverpool Echo||Tier 2|
|David Maddock||Daily Mirror||Tier 2|
|Andy Hunter||The Guardian||Tier 2|
|Mohamed Bouhafsi||RMC Sport||Tier 2|
|De Telegraaf||Netherlands||Tier 2|
|The Telegraph||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|Fabrizio Romano||Italy||Tier 3|
|Guillem Balague||Sky Sports / Freelance||Tier 3|
|The Guardian||United Kingdom||Tier 3|
|Sky Sports||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Gianluca Di Marzio||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|The Independent||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Calcio Mercato||Italy||Tier 4|
|Gazzetta dello Sport||Italy||Tier 4|
|The Times||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Andy Heaton||The Anfield Wrap||Tier 4|
|The Mirror||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|90min.com||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Daily Mail||United Kingdom||Tier 4|
|Goal.com (bar Melissa Reddy, T1)||-||Tier 5|
|TeamTalk||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
|Tancredi Palmeri||Freelance||Tier 5|
|Miguel Delaney||The Independent||Tier 5|
|Caught Offside||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
|The S*n||United Kingdom||Tier 5|
When it comes to Liverpool transfer news, you’ll want to follow James Pearce, Paul Joyce and Chris Bascombe very closely.
Other sources may publish stories about impending moves for the club but with this trinity you can be sure that the information they get is coming straight from the club themselves.
Also one other thing to point out is that Melissa Reddy has been bumped up dramatically from tier 3 to tier 1, so you can also keep an eye out for any content that she puts out concerning Liverpool transfers.