Where are they now? Liverpool’s last 20 January signings

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Apart from one famous occasion, Liverpool have hardly been prolific spenders in the January transfer window.

The Reds have generally spent the bulk of their transfer fees in the summer, although that has meant a number of intriguing, lower-profile signings have been made in the winter window.

We’ve taken a look back at their last 20 January signings prior to this season’s arrival of Takumi Minamino, excluding players signed to appear in their youth teams.

Abel Xavier

Xavier became only the fourth player to leave Everton for Liverpool when the Reds signed the defender on a cut-price deal in 2012 with his contract at Goodison Park nearing the end.

“I can look Evertonians in the eye and say I did my best until my last day at the club,” Xavier told Everton’s match programme in 2018.

“I can go to the city and walk round with my head up. I am very proud that both clubs, I hope, respect me and people have good memories of me. That does not happen often.”

Between 2016 and 2019, he managed Mozambique, the country of his birth, changing his name to Faisal Xavier after converting to Islam.

Paul Jones

Jones was 36 when Liverpool, facing a goalkeeping injury crisis, turned to the Southampton veteran, and the former Wales international became the club’s oldest post-war debutant as he made two Premier League appearances.

He still had another four years left in him, and he retired in 2008 after a spell with Bognor Regis and was last known to be working as a goalkeeping coach with youngsters in Southampton.

Mauricio Pellegrino

The first Argentine to appear for Liverpool, Pellegrino joined on a six-month deal towards the end of his career, reuniting him with his former Valencia boss Rafa Benitez.

He went on to spend one more season as a professional footballer with Alaves and returned to Liverpool as a first-team coach before later turning to management. He returned to England with an ill-fated spell as Southampton boss and left Leganes earlier this season with the side bottom of La Liga.

Fernando Morientes

Had Morientes joined Liverpool just a season or two earlier, it could have been glorious. Instead, it was 12 goals in 18 months.

After retiring in 2010 following a season with Marseille, the former Real Madrid hitman donned his boots once again for DAV Santa Ana in the Madrid regional championships in 2015, at the age of 38.

Later that year, he was appointed manager of CF Fuenlabrada but was sacked less than 12 months later.

Scott Carson

Signed as a back-up to Jerzy Dudek in 2005, Carson’s Liverpool career peaked early when he made five appearances in his first six months at the club, including the home leg of the Champions League quarter-final victory over Juventus.

The majority of his time at Anfield, however, was spent out on loan, although nobody expected the goalkeeper would now be on loan at Manchester City from Derby County.

Jan Kromkamp

While searching Getty for images of Kromkamp we discovered he appeared for a Liverpool Legends side in 2017, which seems a stretch too far.


READ: Six players who definitely weren’t legends but played in legends games

Daniel Agger

We have a soft spot for Agger, his thunderous left foot and his body made of tissue paper.

After retiring in 2016, at just 31 years of age, he has worked as a tattoo artist and also helps run a sewer company called KloAgger.

Robbie Fowler

“Going back to Liverpool, I always think to myself, when you’re a young lad and you’ve got a girlfriend, and then all of a sudden you lose her, you always want to go back to her.”

Fowler returned to his first love in 2007, and while he was no longer the same player, he still managed to extend his record for Liverpool to 183 goals in 369 games, making him the sixth-highest scorer in the club’s history.

The former England international is currently in charge of Australian outfit Brisbane Roar, while he continues to cure our hangovers.

READ: Watching Robbie Fowler’s YouTube goal compilation can cure illness

Alvaro Arbeloa

Arbeloa’s career as a low-key yet hugely-successful footballer is exactly the kind we’re envious of.

Except that last season at West Ham before he retired in 2017.

Daniele Padelli

The first Italian to ever appear for Liverpool, Padelli was in the midst of a series of temporary moves to Serie B clubs when he joined the Reds on loan from Sampdoria in 2007.

Liverpool had an option to sign Padelli permanently at the end of the season, but the goalkeeper failed to impress in his solitary appearance for the Reds, which came in a 2-2 draw with Charlton on the final day of the season.

After eventually establishing himself as a Serie A No.1 with Torino, the 33-year-old reverted to a back-up option when joining Inter in 2017.

Martin Skrtel

Still looking incredibly hard playing for Istanbul Basaksehir.

Javier Mascherano

“When I left Liverpool it wasn’t good for me, and I didn’t like it,” Mascherano said in November 2017. “I didn’t like having the feeling that I could go back to Liverpool and there was still something toxic there.

“It was a stormy summer for me. Rafa Benitez had left Liverpool and there was the possibility of going to Inter with him. We were negotiating, but things did not go the way we wanted. I already had the idea of leaving Liverpool.

“He was the manager who had bet on me when I did not know what to do at West Ham. When he left, I believed that it would not be the same and I needed to take a step forward.”

It’s always worth remembering that after Mascherano left Liverpool, he went on to tear his anus while playing for Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

Oh, he also won lots of trophies with Barcelona and recently returned to Argentina with Estudiantes following a spell in China.

Maxi Rodriguez

Fondly remembered at Liverpool for scoring two hat-tricks in three matches during the 2010-11 season, Rodriguez is still going at the age of 39 and is onto his third spell with Newell’s Old Boys.

Andy Carroll

You might remember this one.

The seventh most expensive January signing in Premier League history is now back where it all began with Newcastle United.

Luis Suarez

It’s funny looking back that Suarez’s arrival was completely overshadowed by the signing of Carroll, but it’s safe to say which one worked out better, and who has gone on to have a better career.

Daniel Sturridge

After finally leaving Liverpool permanently in the summer, Sturridge has seven goals and four assists in 13 appearances for Trabzonspor.

Philippe Coutinho

Signed for £8.5million and sold for a potential £142million. Tidy. Admittedly not for Barcelona, who have loaned him out to Bayern Munich.

Marko Grujic

“I’ve been at Hertha for 22 years. This isn’t meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club.” Hertha Berlin manager Pal Dardai said in December 2018 after Grujic scored the only goal in a win over Frankfurt.

The Serbia international arrived in a £5.1million deal from Red Star Belgrade as Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as manager of Liverpool and was regarded as a highly-rated prospect.

But Grujic has found first-team opportunities hard to come by and has instead been sent out on loan to Cardiff and now Hertha, although if Dardai’s comments are anything to go by, perhaps the 22-year-old could still make an impact at Anfield.

Steven Caulker

Liverpool’s weirdest signing of the Premier League era, especially when you consider the defender was used as an auxiliary centre-forward.

After struggling with addictions to gambling and alcohol, the one-cap-one-goal England international rebuilt his career with Dundee in 2018 and now plays for Turkish outfit Alanyaspor.

Virgil van Dijk

Yes, this has gone well.

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