Liverpool is one of the most successful clubs in English football. It has won 18 league titles, seven FA Cups and eight League Cups. It has also won more European trophies than any other English club, including five European Cups. Though it has fallen on hard times lately, even failing to qualify for Europe this season, the club’s iconic status cannot be denied as reflected by the great talents it has managed to attract through the years.
The player transfer market is a costly business, made even costlier if the player turns out to be a bust. However, if the player turns out to be worthy of his price, then the reward will be immense. Here now is a list of the top 20 most expensive transfer buys by Liverpool.
20. Simon Mignolet, Goalkeeper – $14.7 million
Simon Mignolet was brought in when Pepe Reina started flirting with the idea of going back to Spain to replace Victor Valdes in Barcelona. Though the Reina move did not push through, Mignolet still impressed Brendan Rodgers enough to become the top choice. As of the 11th of September 2013, he has three games in and he has kept a clean slate, including a win over Manchester United.
19. Dirk Kuyt, Forward – $14.7 million
Dirk Kuyt came from Feyenoord in the Netherlands in 2006. Though he is not the deadliest of strikers, he was industrious and always active on the field, endearing him to the Reds faithful. He also had a memorable hat trick against Manchester United.
18. El-Hadji Diouf, Forward – $16.4 million
El-Hadji Diouf impressed for Senegal during the 2002 World Cup, thus raising hopes for the club when he was bought in from Lyon. He failed miserably and was disliked for his petulance and laziness. He also was involved in a disgusting spitting incident with a Celtic fan.
17. Fabio Borini, Forward – $17 million
Fabio Borini came from Roma as one of the primary signings of then-new manager Rodgers. His first season however was marred by two injuries. He has been loaned to Sunderland where he hopes to improve.
16. Xabi Alonso, Midfielder – $17.5 million
Xabi Alonso came from Real Sociedad and quickly paid dividends, scoring the tying goal in the memorable 2005 Champions League final. He has since gone on to Real Madrid, but he is still a favorite around Merseyside.
15. Emile Heskey, Forward – $18 million
14. Raul Meireles, Midfielder – $18.9 million
Raul Meireles came from Porto just as Liverpool was in the doldrums due to managerial change. He initially struggled under Roy Hodgson before finding his form when Kenny Dalglish took over. Then just like that, he left for Chelsea.
13. Ryan Babel, Forward – $18.9 million
12. Daniel Sturridge, Forward – $19.7 million
Rodgers badly needed a goalscorer last season, so he came for Daniel Sturridge who was having a hard time breaking in to the Chelsea squad. Sturridge has not disappointed, scoring at an amazing rate so far.
11. Djibril Cisse, Forward – $23.8 million
Djibril Cisse came from Auxerre as the last signing of Gerard Houllier, though Rafa Benitez was already at the helm when he got in. He scored a penalty in the 2005 Champions League final. He could have been a great one, but injuries limited his performance.
10. Joe Allen, Midfielder – $24.6 million
9. Jordan Henderson, Midfielder – $26.2 million
8. Alberto Aquilani, Midfielder – $28 million
Alberto Aquilani was supposed to be a direct replacement for Alonso, but despite his impressive passing skills, he never really made it as a Liverpool player. Injuries limited his time, and he was loaned out to other teams for three straight years.
7. Glen Johnson, Defender – $28.7 million
Glen Johnson has slowly made the right back position as his own in the team. Though he has some defensive frailties, he contributes a lot in bringing up the ball to an attacking position.
6. Stewart Downing, Winger – $30.3 million
Stewart Downing came in from Aston Villa, and the huge transfer fee splashed out for him probably contributed to the pressure to contribute. Though hardworking, he failed to become the solid wide player that the team needed.
5. Javier Mascherano, Midfielder – $30.5 million
Javier Mascherano was an astute signing from West Ham. He basically held the field in front of the defense, which allowed the likes of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso to concentrate on the other end. He is now with Barcelona.
4. Robbie Keane, Forward – $31.2 million
It was supposed to be a match made in heaven, as a deadly striker finally signed with the club he supported as a kid. However, Robbie Keane missed too many easy opportunities, which led to the manager giving him less chances. His stay proved to be short-lived.
3. Fernando Torres, Forward – $33 million
Fernando Torres led the line as the Reds went to consecutive Champions League knockout phases and to a second place finish in the league. It never quite got over the hump to a title however. He left for Chelsea for an astronomical amount in pursuit of silverware.
2. Luis Suarez, Forward – $37.4 million
Luis Suarez is one of the deadliest players right now, but also one of the most hated. Opponents think he falls too much, while supporters are just happy that he scores a lot. He is angling for a move to Real Madrid, however.
1. Andy Carroll, Forward – $57.4 million
Andy Carroll was a huge player with a huge price. He never lived up to expectations and was sold to West Ham a mere two years after his record transfer.
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