Each of the 72 transfer signatures to Liverpool under FSG
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Over 10 years, 22 transfer windows, 72 first-team signings, over £ 800million spent.
There have been missteps, inspiring deals, bargains, costly failures.
And here we rate (out of 10) each of Liverpool’s purchases under the the stewardship of the American owners, taking into account their cost, their impact and, in some cases, the funds raised by their departure.
Luis Suarez (£ 22.8m, Ajax) 9, Andy Carroll (£ 35m, Newcastle United) 4
Suarez may have caused a problem or two during his time at Anfield, but his talent was not disputed, especially during the 2013/14 campaign. Carroll, bought after Fernando Torres was sold to Chelsea, will always have a special place in the hearts of Reds fans for his FA Cup semi-final winner against Everton, but injuries and form have failed him very expensive.
Jordan Henderson (£ 16m, Sunderland) 10, Charlie Adam (£ 6.75m, Blackpool) 4, Alexander Doni (free) 5, Stewart Downing (£ 18.5m, Aston Villa) 6, Jose Enrique (6m £, Newcastle United) 6, Sebastian Coates (£ 4.9m, Nacional) 5, Craig Bellamy (free) 7
Summer Comolli. In the end, only Henderson provided real value for money, although Downing became the man of the match in the League Cup final in 2012 before becoming a left-back under Brendan Rodgers. Enrique was pretty decent, but Adam, Coates, and the hapless Doni – Blackburn Rovers are gone, anyone? – rarely impressed. Bellamy, on his second stint at the club, did his job well.
Jordon Ibe (£ 500,000, Wycombe Wanderers) 8, Joao Carlos Teixeira (£ 830,000, Sporting Lisbon) 5
Ibe vowed to be the new Raheem Sterling when he broke into the first team, but fell short of expectations. Nonetheless, the £ 15million Liverpool received for his services makes his signing remarkably prescient. Teixeira scored once in eight appearances and was on the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s opener, but was never going to make the grade.
Fabio Borini (£ 10.4m, Roma) 4, Joe Allen (£ 15m, Swansea City) 7, Oussama Assaidi (£ 3M, Heerenveen) 2, Nuri Sahin (loan, Real Madrid) 3, Samed Yesil (1 M £, Bayer Leverkusen)) 3
Borini was the first signing under Brendan Rodgers, who gave the Italian a commendation. The striker failed to meet such expectations. Allen did pretty well under Rodgers then Klopp, but the rest was quite forgettable. Yesil, who made two appearances for Liverpool, now plays in the German fourth tier.
Daniel Sturridge (£ 12m, Chelsea) 8, Philippe Coutinho (£ 8.5m, Inter Milan) 10
Was this Liverpool’s biggest January transfer window of all time? Sturridge knew he was on one last chance at a big club arriving at Anfield, and only injuries stifled his prodigious talent, despite winning a Champions League winner’s medal. Coutinho, meanwhile, may have annoyed by waving for a move to Barcelona, but Liverpool have seen the Brazilian blossom into a true world-class talent – and £ 142million is a ton of money .
Luis Alberto (£ 6.8m, Seville) 3, Iago Aspas (£ 7m, Celta Vigo) 3, Simon Mignolet (£ 9m, Sunderland) 7, Kolo Toure (free) 8, Aly Cissokho (loan, Valencia) 5, Mamadou Sakho (£ 15m, Paris Saint-Germain) 6, Tiago Ilori (£ 3.5m, Sporting Lisbon) 3, Victor Moses (loan, Chelsea) 5
Both Alberto and Aspas are now producing at the highest level, good players but bad buys back then, and not just because of the latter’s corner-taking abilities. Mignolet has proven to be a good servant, while Touré was the quintessential popular professional during his two years at Anfield. Cissokho and Moses were indifferent loans, Sakho ended up getting too problematic as one still wonders why Ilori was signed in the first place.
Rickie Lambert (£ 4.5m, Southampton) 4, Adam Lallana (£ 25m, Southampton) 8, Emre Can (£ 9.5m, Bayer Leverkusen) 7, Kevin Stewart (free) 5, Lazar Markovic (19, £ 8m, Benfica) 2, Dejan Lovren (£ 20m, Southampton) 8, Divock Origi (£ 9.8m, Lille) 7, Javier Manquillo (loan, Atletico Madrid) 5, Alberto Moreno (£ 12m, Seville ) 6, Mario Balotelli (£ 16m, AC Milan) 1
The summer that finally made for Rodgers’ reign. Lallana, Lovren and Origi took Premier League winners’ medals to accompany the European Cup victory they won in 2019. May improve under Klopp and may regret not staying at least one more season. Moreno will forever divide opinions, but not Markovic and Balotelli, among the two worst buys in Liverpool history, albeit for different reasons.
Joe Gomez (£ 6m, Charlton Athletic) 9, Adam Bogdan (free) 3, Danny Ings (£ 8m, Burnley) 8, James Milner (free) 9, Nathaniel Clyne (£ 12.5m, Southampton) 7, Roberto Firmino (£ 29m, Hoffenheim) 10, Christian Benteke (£ 32.5m, Aston Villa) 4, Allan (£ 500,000, International) 4
Benteke was the wrong signing at the wrong time no matter how hard he tried, while Bogdan was just never good enough. Allan? Who knows. The rest, however, forged part of Klopp’s evolution, although Ings and Clyne were both hampered by serious injuries, with the former’s talent underscored by the £ 18million paid by Southampton for the to leave Liverpool. Gomez, Milner and Firmino remain key for the Reds, who are all now worth a lot more than their fees. Firmino, in particular, has proven to be a master stroke.
Marko Grujic (£ 5.1m, Red Star Belgrade) 6, Steven Caulker (loan, QPR) 5, Kamil Grabara (£ 250,000, Ruch Chorzow) 5
Caulker has never been short-term – he will always have Norwich City on the sidelines – while Grujic, you suspect, has missed the boat, with Liverpool having left since his purchase. Grabara slipped out of sight with Caoimhin Kelleher second pick between the sticks.
Sadio Mane (£ 30m, Southampton) 10, Loris Karius (£ 4.7m, Mainz) 5, Joel Matip (free) 8, Ragnar Klavan (£ 4.2m, Augsburg) 7, Alex Manninger (free), Gini Wijnaldum (£ 25m, Newcastle United) 9
Mane has grown into one of the best players in the world, while Wijnaldum’s continued consistency and versatility have underscored the wisdom of his purchase. Klavan and Matip were crafty buys, and while Karius also looked like one given his flourishing reputation, things in Kiev forced him to rebuild his career. Manninger, 39 at the time, was only for emergencies and never needed one.
Mohamed Salah (£ 36.9m, Roma) 10, Dominic Solanke (fees withheld, Chelsea) 7, Andy Robertson (£ 10m, Hull City) 10, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£ 35m, Arsenal) 8
The window that has elevated Liverpool from Premier League contenders to Champions League finalists. Salah, who is among the most feared strike force in world football, looks like a snip, while Robertson proves to be as much of a defensive affair as Sami Hyypia. Thankfully, Oxlade-Chamberlain is an important option again after a year with injury, while the Reds grossed £ 19million for Solanke 18 months ago – around three times the fees they paid.
Virgil van Dijk (£ 75m, Southampton) 10
That’s a lot of money. But FSG was happy to spend it on Klopp’s slogan after Coutinho was sold. And such was the impact of the Dutchman, it now seems something of a theft.
Naby Keita (£ 52.75m, RB Leipzig) 7, Fabinho (£ 39.3m, Monaco) 10, Xherdan Shaqiri (£ 12.85m, Stoke City) 7, Alisson Becker (£ 65m, Rome) 10
Like Van Dijk, Alisson and ultimately Fabinho helped Liverpool take the final step to becoming elected European and World Champions and Premier League champions. Shaqiri’s talent has been blunted by injury, while Keita’s fitness issues mean he has yet to live up to expectations.
Harvey Elliott (up to £ 4.3m, Fulham) 7, Sepp van den Berg (£ 1.3m, PEC Zwolle) 6, Adrian (free) 6
Fees set for Elliott by a court in February are sure to be cheap considering the 18-year-old is clearly a star of the future. Adrian, aside from a few missteps, has proven a strong enough buy, while Van den Berg will have been on loan at Preston North End.
Takumi Minamino (£ 7.25m, Red Bull Salzburg) 6
A slow start to life at Anfield for the Japan international seemed to have resumed when he scored his first goal for the Reds in the Community Shield against Arsenal before a brace in the Lincoln City League Cup rout. Since then, however, he has faded considerably and ended the season on loan at Southampton.
Kostas Tsmikas (£ 11.25m, Olympiakos) 5, Thiago Alcantara (£ 25m, Bayern Munich) 7, Diogo Jota (£ 41m, Wolves) 8
Tsimikas has not been able to show what he can do so far due to injury, as it was only in the final months of the season that Thiago really started to show his talent. world class. Diogo Jota looks like an exciting catch and, despite a knee injury, impressed in his debut campaign.
Ben Davies (£ 500,000, Preston North End) 5, Ozan Kabak (loan, Schalke) 6
Responding to the urgency of having three center-backs injured, Klopp rushed for the duo on deadline day. Davies has yet to feature – and possibly never well – as Kabak overcame a shaky start to do well enough before his spell ended in injury.
Ibrahima Konate (£ 36m, RB Leipzig)
Only 22 years old, Konate has plenty of time by his side and is unlikely to be stepping in at the start of the new season.