Grading Liverpool's signings so far: Moreno gets an A... Markovic an F

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The Reds spent big this summer. Here's how their new recruits have fared so far...

Adam Lallana - B

The £25 million summer signing from Southampton initially worried fans with some poor form and a lack of match sharpness.

That, however, came after an injury scare that forced him out of Premier League action for several weeks. Last weekend, the Liverpool midfielder looked sharp against Everton - and is Liverpool's best midfield signing so far this season.

Alberto Moreno - A

Liverpool's best performer in terms of summer buys by a long way. The Spaniard scored a spectacular goal against Tottenham Hotspur but has impressed defensively just as much as he has going forward.

Moreno made a mistake in his opening game against Manchester City but has made up for it since. One for now as well as the future for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Dejan Lovren - C

The Reds defender started promisingly after joining Lallana in moving from Southampton. However, many have commented that Liverpool's defence, worryingly, now looks worse since Lovren's arrival.

The Croatian has been shaky in recent weeks and needs to show a lot more leadership if he is to justify his £20m price tag.

Emre Can - A... for Absent

Could have been on course for a B after impressing with his physicality in midfield. Has not settled in England yet, though, while he also suffered an injury that has kept him out for several weeks while on international duty with the German Under-21 side.

Javier Manquillo - B

Manquillo made a very promising start indeed to life at Liverpool and, together with Moreno, looked to have solved the Reds' woes at full-back. But the Spaniard has lost his tempo a little of late, providing poor deliveries in the final third and failing to help stem the tide at the back.

Lazar Markovic - F

So far the worst Liverpool signing by far. The £20m winger could yet become an Anfield great... but has so far shown absolutely no evidence to that end.

If Markovic is one for the future, why does Rodgers play him every game? That fact in itself suggests the 20-year-old is expected to deliver instantly and, thus far, it simply hasn't happened. What's more, he doesn't even look like he cares.

Mario Balotelli - D

Another summer signing to have flattered to deceive. Balotelli has scored just one goal in his last 20 Premier League games (stretching back to his time at Manchester City) and looks hopeless as a lone striker.

The reason the Italian's grade is a D and not worse, however, is that he looks much more promising alongside a second striker. Next toDaniel Sturridge, he should come good on Merseyside.

Rickie Lambert - C

Neither hit nor miss, the £4 million signing from - once again - Southampton needs more game time before he can be properly assessed. There is no doubt, though, that a poor pre-season caused his manager to lower his expectations of him and play him less in the subsequent few weeks.

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