In Numbers: Liverpool’s transfer failures


Too many duds

One view of Liverpool’s demise in the 1990s is that they persistently got it wrong in the transfer market after Kenny left.

You can’t keep buying average players and expect to win trophies.

Twenty odd years on and a similar argument could be made about Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool acquisitions. A quick look at his buys tells us that he has had too many failures to create or sustain a successful side.

No manager gets it right every time but, for us, the ability to spot a player is one of the three most important qualities of a manager, along with man-management and tactical nous.

We look at Liverpool’s hits and misses in the market since Rodgers took charge and ask how many have noticeably improved the squad? Apart from a couple of outright winners (Sturridge and Coutinho) the rest of the list is full of arguable failures and players who have yet to make a genuine impact at the club.

Fabio Borini £10,400,000 13 July 2012


Joe Allen £15,000,000 10 August 2012

Always threatening to step up a level but not a top buy

Oussama Assaidi £3,000,000 17 August 2012


Nuri Sahin Loan 25 August 2012


Samed Yesil £1,000,000 30 August 2012


Daniel Sturridge £12,000,000 2 January 2013

BR’s best buy

Philippe Coutinho £8,500,000 30 January 2013

2nd Best Buy

Luis Alberto £6,800,000 22 June 2013


Iago Aspas £7,000,000 23 June 2013


Simon Mignolet £9,000,000 25 June 2013

Few would lose sleep if Liverpool sold him. Many would sleep better.

Kolo Touré Free Transfer 2 July 2013


Aly Cissokho On Loan 20 August 2013


Mamadou Sakho £15,000,000 2 September 2013

Could become a hit. But not there yet.

Tiago Ilori £7,000,000 2 September 2013


Victor Moses On Loan 2 September 2013


Rickie Lambert £4,500,000 2 June 2014

MISS. Bless him.

Adam Lallana £25,000,000 1 July 2014

Unlucky with injury but hasn’t got close to looking like a £25m player yet.

Emre Can £9,750,000 3 July 2014

Could become a hit. But not quite there yet.

Lazar Markovic £19,800,000 15 July 2014

Could become a hit. But miles away right now.

Dejan Lovren £20,000,000 27 July 2014

How Much?!!

Divick Origi £9,800,000 29 July 2014

Good Buy. But bad decision not to bring him straight to the club.

Javier Manquillo On Loan 6 August 2014


Alberto Moreno £12,000,000 16 August 2014

Has potential. But more miss than hit this season

Mario Balotelli £16,000,000 25 August 2014


Liverpool fans: As the season draws to an unsuccessful conclusion have the transfer dealings of Brendan Rodgers become the main problem at the club?

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  1. Conor

    May 12, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    As of yet it is still unknown which signings were BR’s and which are that of the Committee. Your article is null and void.

  2. Rick

    May 13, 2015 at 3:26 am

    He’s always saying that he won’t pay over the odds for a player, (what were the odds on Balotelli?) and so he ends up with players that nobody else wants. Are his women the same? Ones that nobody else wants because he won’t pay over the odds?

  3. Geoffrey Ganani

    May 13, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Rogees taste of players don’t fit lfc’s menu.we bull & cocks not calves & chicks.2ndly he doesn’t know what lfc need or lack.2 HM(song,wanyama,naigolan),CM(mirelem,cabaye,moh’d diame,Forwards(benteke,milner,Jeremy menez,berahino,lloriente)etc.all his tastes fit Swansea not lfc.3rdly his tactics are game plan,poor fielding & poor analysis of opponents.he delights in gambling.he must know lfc is a big club not(No.3 in europe

  4. Cosmas Nwaogwugwu

    May 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    The above statistic is very correct.
    We the fans should not expect anything different from the past transfer market that Brendan Rogers has been in charge.
    I can only say, no hope until he leaves. I expect the club management to do something urgently.

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