Ranking Liverpool’s past 10 summer transfer windows from worst to best
While Liverpool have been rightly praised for their recruitment work over the last few years, they’ve also made a few mistakes in the transfer market.
The Reds completed some questionable deals under Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers before Jurgen Klopp turned things around.
We’ve ranked Liverpool’s past 10 summer transfers windows from worst to best.
After selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014, Liverpool made a number of costly mistakes in the transfer market.
Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic cost a combined total of £36million but managed just three Premier League goals between them.
Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno failed to fix Liverpool’s defensive problems but Emre Can and Divock Origi proved good value for money.
The Reds also signed Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton although the latter was sold after just one season.
Brendan Rodgers worked with Joe Allen and Fabio Borini at Swansea before bringing the pair to Anfield in the summer of 2012.
Allen was often a divisive figure among Liverpool supporters and Borini managed just three goals in 38 appearances for the club.
The fact that Nuri Sahin, Oussama Assaidi and Samed Yesil made a combined total of 19 Premier League appearances for Liverpool tells you all you need to know.
Roy Hodgson’s first summer transfer window as Liverpool manager also proved to be his last and it’s not hard to see why.
Raul Meireles completed a £10.7million move to Liverpool in 2010 and was surprisingly voted the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year in his debut season.
Christian Poulsen, Paul Konchesky, Brad Jones, Danny Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, Milan Jovanovic and Joe Cole also arrived and made as little impact as the man who signed them.
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 served as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper for three seasons while Kolo Toure became a cult hero during his time at Anfield.
But Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses and Aly Cissokho all failed to establish themselves as first-team regulars.
Stewart Downing was Liverpool’s big-money signing in the summer of 2011, but he infamously failed to register a goal or assist in his debut Premier League campaign for the club.
Fellow signings Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique, Doni, Sebastian Coates and Craig Bellamy also failed to make a major impact at Anfield.
Jordan Henderson proved to be the one success story from this transfer window, eventually captaining the Merseyside club to Champions League and Premier League glory.
Liverpool actually made a profit from transfers in the summer of 2019 after selling Danny Ings to Southampton for £20million.
Adrian was brought in on a free transfer to replace Simon Mignolet while Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliot were signings for the future.
Despite their limited investment, Liverpool still secured their 18th Premier League title in 2019-20 so we doubt there were too many complaints.
After selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49million in 2015, Brendan Rodgers reinvested that money on new signings, with mixed success.
Christian Benteke failed to live up to expectations at Anfield while Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings were plagued by injury problems.
But the astute signings of Joe Gomez, James Milner and Roberto Firmino did help set the foundation for the next manager…
Jurgen Klopp made six signings in the summer of 2016 and started to mould the Liverpool squad in his image ahead of his first full season in charge of the club.
Since signing from Southampton and Newcastle respectively, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum have been an integral part of Klopp’s side.
The manager also brought in four players from the Bundesliga in the form of Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Loris Karius and Alexander Manninger.
After losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Liverpool made some big money signings in 2018.
Klopp addressed their problem position with the addition of Alisson from Roma, who has transformed their rear guard into one of the best in Europe.
Fabinho and Naby Keita helped strengthen their midfield but Xherdan Shaqiri has been a bit-part player for the Reds over the last two seasons.
The summer of 2017 proved to be a real turning point for the Reds under Klopp.
Liverpool spent £34million to sign Mohamed Salah from Roma and the winger has more than lived up to his price tag, scoring 94 goals in 153 appearances in all competitions at the time of writing.
Andy Robertson arrived from relegated Hull City in an £8million deal and has since developed into one of the best left-back’s in the world.
The Reds also signed Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain from Arsenal on deadline day, and he has recovered from a serious injury to become a key contributor in the middle of the park.