Have Liverpool just pulled off the best deal of the transfer window?

Oussama Assaidi playing for Morocco

Liverpool have sold Oussama Assaidi, remarkably for almost twice the amount they paid for him.

Liverpool's transfer dealing has come under much scrutiny since the summer, but their latest deal is one which deserves applause.

The Reds confirmed on their official website on Monday night they had agreed to sell Oussama Assaidi to UAE side Al Ahli.

The fee paid for the 14-time capped Moroccan international is £4.7 million, report The Mail. That's a great piece of business for a player Liverpool signed two summers ago for £2.4 million.

The 26-year-old had been on loan at Stoke City until this weekend when he was recalled, in order for Liverpool to close the deal with Al Ahli.

After a successful spell on loan at the Britannia last season in which he scored five goals in 25 appearances, his return to the club this campaign saw his form dip, playing in 11 games before his sale without scoring.

For Liverpool his record was a poor return on the £2.4 million they paid for him. He played in only 12 matches in all competitions.

So the fact they have turned a profit on the winger is remarkable, and a welcome boost for the club, who will too save on his wages.

Assaidi was Brendan Rodgers third signing as Liverpool manager, and drew big praise from the Northern Irishman at the time, who told The BBC: "He fits our style perfectly. He's an exciting player who is very good in one-versus-one situations and I think he's a player who will excite the crowd.

"We're not expecting too much too early - he needs time to adapt. But we're delighted he's chosen to come here over a number of other clubs. I'll look forward to helping his development and I hope he'll become a very good part of this club."

That's a prediction Assaidi has failed to fulfil, and has even made his former boss look silly in the process. Yet if Rodgers had anything to do with convincing Al Ahli to pay £4.7 million for him, the manager is a genius.

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