The nine Liverpool signings that cost £30million+ and how they fared
Liverpool have spent big in the last couple of seasons on several key signings, helping to guide them to their first Premier League title in 30 years.
Since arriving in 2015, Jurgen Klopp has spent around £435million on transfers, with seven of those recruits costing £30million+.
When it comes to spending big and splashing the cash, though, the club hasn’t always got it right, however. We’ve taken a closer look at the Reds’ nine signings to cost £30million+ to date.
Christian Benteke – £32.5m
If there was any player that was going to stick out like a sore thumb in terms of Liverpool’s style of play it was Benteke, who signed for the club from Aston Villa in the summer of 2015.
Despite never cutting the mustard on Merseyside, one of his memorable goals came against Manchester United when he scissor-kicked an unstoppable effort past David de Gea in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to the Red Devils.
In his 42 appearances at Anfield, he found the net just 10 times. After 12 months to forget, he eventually moved to Crystal Palace for £27million, so Liverpool re-couped near to the amount they paid for him.
Kudos to sporting director Michael Edwards, and happy days all-round for both clubs and the player.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £35m
As part of a new recruitment drive spearheaded by the Reds’ transfer guru Edwards, Klopp identified Arsenal star Oxlade-Chamberlain as a player to bolster his midfield.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, he has had an injury-hit Anfield career thus far. The England international suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in April 2018, leaving him sidelined for a total of 293 days.
To further dampen the misery, a hamstring injury in the 2018-19 season and knocks to the ankle and head last campaign saw Oxlade-Chamberlain sidelined once again.
Andy Carroll – £35m
When Caroll previously claimed he “had to Google” who his team-mates were when joining Liverpool in 2011, you always knew there were going to be problems on the horizon.
The Reds paid a then-record transfer fee for a British player, signing the striker midway through the 2010-11 campaign. In 58 appearances, he netted 11 goals and was shipped to West Ham for half the price in 2013.
Carroll was certainly one of Liverpool’s all-time lows in terms of transfers, but it didn’t stop the Kop from signing ‘Sweet Carroll Nine’ to the tune of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’.
Sadio Mane – £34m
So, so, so good. And a really good bloke too.
Mohamed Salah – £34m
When Liverpool swooped to secure the services of their Egyptian king from Roma in July 2017, little did they know he would go on to help guide the Reds to their first Premier League title triumph in 30 years.
Since swapping the Stadio Olimpico for Anfield, Salah has netted 94 goals in 153 appearances. During his dazzling career on Merseyside, the 28-year-old has picked up an array of silverware, with surely more to follow.
Cementing himself amongst the Reds’ tantalising trio and Klopp’s front-free which includes Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, the forward has also picked up the Premier League Golden Boot award on two occasions, netting a staggering 32 goals in the 17-18 season and a further 22 the following season.
Fabinho – £39m
A superb all-rounder in the middle of the Reds’ engine room, the Brazilian has been a shrewd piece of business by Edwards and has been worth every penny since he arrived from AS Monaco.
“His link-up play is sublime, but when it comes to striking the ball at goal, just check out his unstoppable pile drivers against Manchester City and Crystal Palace last season.”
Naby Keita – £50m
Reds fans are yet to see the best from their highly-rated attacking midfielder due to injury problems, and the next campaign will be a make or break for the star who everybody has high hopes for.
At 25, there is still plenty of time for him to develop and for Klopp to get the best out of him, but with Thiago expected to join the club this summer, he will have to make his mark fast.
Allison Becker – £66.8m
The Brazil international continues to be a dominant force and huge figure at Anfield since his arrival from Roma in July 2018.
An area where Liverpool needed to strengthen, Alisson has lived up to the hype and proved to be one of the best goalkeepers in the business. The 28-year-old has been well worth the money, having replaced flops Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet between the sticks.
It’s not just his shot-stopping, but also his quality passing which makes him one of the best. Let’s not forget that mouth-watering assist to help Mohamed Salah net against Manchester United last season. Astonishing.
Alisson would run the length of an entire pitch only for Mo Salah ❤️pic.twitter.com/x01Sg3cMrN
— Goal (@goal) April 11, 2020
Virgil van Dijk – £75m
The Dutch international’s presence and importance to the Reds has been well documented since he arrived from Southampton.
Regarded by many as the best centre-back in world football at present, the 29-year-old is the first name on the teamsheet – he played every Premier League minute last term – and has played a vital role in turning Liverpool from doubters to believers.
By Sam May