The 11 players Liverpool have signed on deadline day and how they fared
The summer of 2021 proved to be a quiet transfer window for Liverpool, while there was little by way of deadline day drama – just contract renewals. But that may prove a blessing, given their mixed track record when it comes to last-minute deals.
When it comes to deadline day transfers at Liverpool, the Reds will struggle to beat January 2011, when they signed Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll as Fernando Torres joined Chelsea, but they’ve also been busy on the final day of summer windows too.
We’ve looked at the 11 players Liverpool have previously signed on the summer transfer deadline day to see how they fared at Anfield.
Teenage goalkeeper Marcelo made the switch from Fluminense for a reported £1million at the end of 2020 window.
He’s made a handful of appearances for Liverpool’s Under-23s and Under-18s and is clearly one earmarked for the future. Only 18, it may be a wait before he starts pushing compatriot Alisson for the No.1 shirt.
With 12 months left on his Arsenal contract, Oxlade-Chamberlain opted for a fresh challenge in 2017, joining Liverpool in a £35million deal.
After making a bright start to his Anfield career, the England international suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in April 2018, leaving him on the sidelines for several months.
He returned to full fitness in 2019-20, though, and helped the Reds win the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and, of course, the Premier League. However, he took a step back to the periphery last term, starting just two Premier League games.
Sakho arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in an £18million deal in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed a promising debut season at Anfield.
He also played an integral role in Liverpool’s run to the Europa League final in 2016 but missed the defeat against Sevilla due to a drug test controversy.
The centre-back eventually fell down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp after numerous disciplinary issues and was sold to Crystal Palace for £26million in 2017.
Liverpool spent £7million to sign Ilori from Sporting Lisbon in 2013, with the defender regarded as a highly-rated prospect.
But the Portugal youth international made just three first-team appearances for the club and joined Reading for £3.75million in January 2017.
Moses was the third player to sign for Liverpool on deadline day in 2013, joining on a season-long loan deal from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Despite scoring on his debut, he made just nine starts for the club and was eventually usurped by the rapidly emerging Raheem Sterling.
After being released by Manchester City in 2011, Bellamy was given a second opportunity at Anfield by Kenny Dalglish.
The Wales international scored nine goals in 37 appearances in all competitions, helping Liverpool win the League Cup and reach the FA Cup final.
His second spell with the Reds barely lasted 12 months before the forward re-joined boyhood club Cardiff City in 2012.
Having shone for Roy Hodgson’s Fulham side that reached the Europa League final in 2010, Konchesky followed the manager to Merseyside.
“When you look at Liverpool’s history as a football club, what they’ve achieved is amazing,” Konchesky told us. “I loved every club I played for, but when a massive club like Liverpool come calling you can’t turn it down. The opportunity I had to go was fantastic.”
But like most of the other seven signings that summer, he endured a torrid time at Anfield, making just 18 appearances in all competitions.
The defender spent the second half of the season on loan at Nottingham Forest before signing for Leicester City permanently in July 2011.
Signed from Espanyol in 2008, Riera made 28 Premier League appearances in his debut season as Liverpool pushed Manchester United mightily close for the title.
The winger then fell out of favour in his second season after publicly criticising manager Rafa Benitez and was subsequently sold to Olympiacos.
“I was frustrated when I was not included in the Spain squad for the World Cup in 2010 because I hadn’t had a lot of playing time in the Premier League for like two months,” Riera told Anfield HQ in 2016.
“So (journalists) put some words in my mouth saying that the person who was responsible for me not being included in the Spain squad was Rafa.
“After that I did another interview and said that I have to be my first critic. But the media was not interested anymore.”
The third Liverpool signing from Hungarian outfit MTK Budapest – after Andras Simon and Krisztian Nemeth – Gulasci only got as far as the bench for the Reds, spending spells on loan at Hereford, Tranmere and Hull.
He eventually moved on to Red Bull Salzburg and is now No.1 for their sister outfit RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
A strange tale, Flora was scouted by Liverpool while playing for regional side Botafogo Ribeirao Preto.
Flora was barely known in wider Brazil – a spell at nearby Santos was cut short due to homesickness – but he began to catch the eye of international scouts online after his father and agent posted footage of the attacker playing in the Under-17 Paulista Championship.
Gremio, Cruzeiro and Santos were all interested in the teenager, while Juventus also offered Flora a trial, but Liverpool won the race to his signature in the summer of 2008.
After two years on Merseyside in which Flora struggled to even establish himself in Liverpool’s reserves, he returned to Brazil to join Goias and has since played for nine other clubs, with his career spent mainly in the lower reaches of Brazil football, punctuated by two spells in Latvia.
Just 19 when he joined Liverpool, Plessis worked his way into the first team under Benitez and made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal.
Despite making a handful of appearances, the writing was on the wall for the midfielder when his shirt No.28 was taken by Christian Poulsen.
He left just over two weeks later and was last known to be plying his trade for SS Capricorne on the island of Reunion.