Liverpool’s worst transfers underneath FSG


The savviness of former sporting director Michael Edwards facilitated the explosion of Jurgen Klopp’s venture at Liverpool. Astute work within the switch market has been the spine of the Reds’ success underneath the German boss, and Edwards deserves a heap of credit score.

Earlier than Edwards’ arrival, Liverpool’s strategy in switch home windows may solely be described as scattergun. The childhood of FSG’s reign was laden with misses available in the market, and the membership fell properly behind their home opponents because of this.

Solely Luis Suarez, in concord with Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, actually saved Liverpool afloat.

We have seen the Reds make some terrible choices within the switch market since John Henry and co turned up (and earlier than Edwards arrived to clear up the mess), and listed here are their ten-worst signings of the FSG period.

Naby Keita

Naby Keita has struggled with accidents since becoming a member of the membership / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Naby Keita definitely is not a foul footballer, however contemplating he was signed for a then club-record payment again in 2017, the midfielder needs to be thought to be a significant disappointment.

Accidents have marred his time on Merseyside, with Keita notching 18 objective contributions in 117 appearances.

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Luis Alberto has gone on to forge a stellar profession at Lazio / Matthew Ashton/GettyImages

Liverpool clearly had the correct concept after they signed Spanish creator Luis Alberto for a meagre payment in 2013.

A younger Alberto, nevertheless, simply merely wasn’t lower out for the rigours of the Premier League as he made simply 12 appearances for the membership in all competitions.

‘Il Mago’ has since cast a stellar profession in Serie A with Lazio.

Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam signed for Liverpool in 2011 / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

You’d by no means consider that Charlie Adam was simply 25 when he signed for Liverpool in 2011 after he starred for Blackpool throughout their sole season within the Premier League.

Nevertheless, it rapidly grew to become clear that the Scottish midfielder merely wasn’t ok to be common starter for a facet with lofty ambitions. Because of this, Adam spent simply at yr on the membership earlier than shifting onto Stoke Metropolis.

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This bloke takes a imply brief nook… apparently / Matthew Ashton/GettyImages

That bloody nook…

Iago Aspas’ temporary Liverpool profession might be surmised by that set-piece sequence at an important time in a pivotal title-deciding contest towards Chelsea throughout the backend of the 2013/14 marketing campaign.

In brief: dangerous. Very dangerous. Would advocate watching it once more for a wee chuckle.


Liverpool spent huge cash on Christian Benteke / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

Proper, so there was that unimaginable bicycle kick at Previous Trafford which Martin Tyler toned right down to the very best diploma on commentary, however not a lot else.

Christian Benteke’s sole season at Anfield was removed from disastrous as he scored 9 Premier League objectives, however he was rendered surplus to necessities following Jurgen Klopp’s arrival.

Happily, the Reds misplaced simply £5m on the Belgian after Crystal Palace took the striker off their fingers for £27m in 2016.

Loris Karius

Notorious / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

German shot-stopper Loris Karius was signed by the membership in 2016 with the view that he’d evolve into their long-term primary.

His two seasons with the Reds’ first group had been promising sufficient, however everyone knows why he makes this listing.

That night time in Kyiv.

Fabio Borini

Fabio Borini typified the membership’s ‘banter period’ / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/GettyImages

Fabio Borini epitomised Liverpool’s ‘banter period’ both facet of that magical 2013/14 season throughout which Luis Suarez wreaked havoc.

The hard-working Italian was a likeable determine and a helpful outlet at instances, however his spell with the Reds was forgettable to say the least. Over two seasons, Borini made 38 appearances for the membership and notched six objective contributions.

Lazar Markovic

Liverpool spent nearly £20m on Lazar Markovic / Dave Thompson/GettyImages

“An thrilling signing… he’s the type of character who’s hungry to get higher and progress,” these had been Brendan Rodgers’ phrases after Liverpool had simply splurged £20m to signal Lazar Markovic from Benfica.

The Serbian ought to’ve been fairly useful in a facet present process a mini transition, however Markovic’s relationship with Rodgers was fractured and he struggled to claim himself on Merseyside.

Markovic was loaned out a number of instances following an underwhelming debut marketing campaign together with his final look for the Reds arriving in Might 2015 having scored simply thrice for the membership.

An all-time switch flop.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli’s spell at Liverpool was dreadful / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Severely, who thought this was a good suggestion?

The 2014/15 season was a bizarre one for the membership following the heights of the earlier marketing campaign. Suarez’s heroics noticed him earn a big-money transfer to Barcelona which left a significant void within the Liverpool dressing room.

No hassle, although, as a result of Tremendous Mario was the person tasked with changing the marvellous Uruguayan.

Balotelli, signed for £16m from Milan, failed miserably on Merseyside, scoring simply as soon as within the Premier League earlier than shifting on after a yr.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll was one in every of FSG’s first marquee signings / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Liverpool followers should’ve thought they’d signed the second coming of Christ when their pony-tailed Geordie bagged a memorable brace simply 4 video games into his Reds profession towards Manchester Metropolis.

It was a memorable night time for Jesus of Naz-, apologies, Andy Carroll after he arrived with the lofty strain of a £35m price ticket.

Sadly, although, Carroll’s stellar displaying towards Metropolis wasn’t the beginning of one thing magical at Anfield. The striker scored simply 4 Premier League objectives the next season and was shipped off to West Ham in 2012.

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