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1NEWS – Liverpool finalized several potentially questionable deals under Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers before Jurgen Klopp turned things around.
We’ve sorted Liverpool’s last 10 summer transfer windows from worst to best.
#10. 2014 season
After selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014, Liverpool made a number of mistakes in the transfer market.
The signings of Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic cost around £36 million, but both managed to score just three Premier League goals.
Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno failed to fix Liverpool’s defensive problems, but Emre Can and Divock Origi proved to be of great value to Liverpool.
The Reds also signed Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton although the latter were sold after just one season.
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#9. 2012 season
Brendan Rodgers worked with Joe Allen and Fabio Borini at Swansea before bringing the two to Anfield in the summer of 2012.
Allen has often been a divisive figure among Liverpool supporters, while Borini has managed just three goals in 38 appearances for the club.
The fact that Nuri Sahin, Oussama Assaidi and Samed Yesil made a total of 19 Premier League appearances for Liverpool makes it one of the failed signings.
#8. 2013 season
Mamadou Sakho arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed a promising debut season before falling down the pecking order.
Simon Mignolet was trusted as Liverpool’s main goalkeeper for three seasons. Meanwhile Kolo Toure became a cult hero during his time at Anfield.
However, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses and Aly Cissokho who were bought in the same season failed to establish themselves as regular players in the first team.
#7. 2020 season
Doing a team reshuffle after winning the League after waiting 30 years. Liverpool allowed Dejan Lovren to go to Zenit Saint Petersburg. Then they brought in Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara for a total of 70 million pounds (Rp 1.4 trillion).
On paper, it all looks very reasonable, but it doesn’t work out that way. Getting another centre-back to replace Lovren would be useful given the injury crisis they continue to suffer.
From then on, Tsimikas showed he could be useful as Andy Robertson’s deputy, but he barely had a touch in his debut season. While fans judged whether Thiago was a good fit, he spent the first half of his debut season sidelined and then struggled to make an impact, comparing him to Juan Sebastian Veron at Manchester United at the time.
So far only Jota has proven successful.
#6. 2021 season
The summer of 2021 has been like signing for a new era from Liverpool, with the return of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez meaning their defensive power is back. While Klopp’s options for the back line are increasingly supported by the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
However, no one came to replace Georginio Wijnaldum after his departure to PSG.
However, more or less the same team won the Champions League and Premier League and recorded 196 points over two seasons, plus Konate and Diogo Jota, with Thiago Alcantara replacing Wijnaldum.
Time will tell if they need further investment.
#5. 2019 season
Liverpool actually profited from a transfer in the summer of 2019 after selling Danny Ings to Southampton for 20 million pounds (Rp 393 billion).
Adrian was brought in on a free transfer to replace Simon Mignolet. Meanwhile, Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliot are recruited to prepare for the future.
Despite their limited investment, Liverpool could still secure their 18th Premier League title in the 2019-20 season, so we don’t think their signing is too bad.
#4. 2015 season
After selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49 million in 2015, Brendan Rodgers reinvested the money in new signings with mixed success.
Christian Benteke failed to live up to expectations at Anfield. Meanwhile Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings are plagued by injury problems.
However, the astute signings of Joe Gomez, James Milner and Roberto Firmino helped the next Liverpool coach implement the strategy.
#3. 2016 season
Klopp made six signings in the summer of 2016 and began shaping Liverpool’s squad ahead of his first full season.
Since signing from Southampton and Newcastle, Mane and Wijnaldum have become an integral part of Klopp’s team.
The coach also brought in four players from the Bundesliga, namely Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Alexander Manninger.
#2. 2018 season
After losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Liverpool made some big purchases in 2018.
Klopp overcame the problem with the addition of Roma’s Alisson, who has transformed their backline into one of the best in Europe.
Fabinho has also proven himself to be a huge success in midfield, although Naby Keita has failed to live up to expectations and Shaqiri has struggled to become more than just a minor.
#1. 2017 season
The summer of 2017 proved to be a real turning point for the Reds under Klopp.
Liverpool spent 34 million pounds (Rp 669 billion) to sign Salah from Roma. The winger more than lived up to his price tag, he scored 94 goals in 153 appearances across all competitions to date.
Robertson arrived from relegated Hull City, and has since developed into one of the best left-backs in the world.
The Reds also brought in Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain from Arsenal on the final day of the transfer. However, injuries have prevented him from earning a place alongside Salah and Robertson as Liverpool’s greats in the modern era.