Following Liverpool’s recent struggles, manager Brendan Rodgers’ transfer activity has come under scrutiny.
The Reds’ boss has spent £215million on players since he arrived at the club, with only two – Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge – certain to be regarded as successes, and Emre Can, Divock Origi and Adam Lallana heading that way.
The rest of Liverpool’s recent business has been debatable to say the least, which begs the question: Who else could Rodgers have signed for that £215million?
Below is an alternative Liverpool XI that could have been bought for less than Rodgers paid on a sizeable group of players that includes Dejan Lovren, Iago Aspas, Mario Balotelli and Luis Alberto.
Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster (£10m)
Defence: Nathaniel Clyne (£2.15m), Ezequiel Garay (£11.8m), Toby Alderweireld (initially free), Ben Davies (£10m)
Midfield: Enzo Perez (£23.5m), William Carvalho (£37m), Cesc Fabregas (£26m), Christian Eriksen (£11m)
Strikers: Wilfried Bony (£12m), Alexis Sanchez (£35m)
The 11 players above could have been bought for a total of £178.45million, which is £36.55million less than Rodgers has spent since he arrived at Anfield.
The prices above are based on the players’ most recent transfer fees or their release clause (in the case of Perez and William).
Of course it is merely speculation but it goes to show some of the quality Rodgers could have brought to Liverpool to play alongside the players already there such as Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Jon Flanagan.