Phil Thompson rates Liverpool’s signings; Balotelli and Markovic don't fare favourably

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The former defender has rated the first season at Anfield for those drafted in last summer, with two players coming in for criticism.

Phil Thompson has offered his opinion on how Liverpool’s summer signings have fared in their first season at Anfield for Sky Sports.

The Reds spent nearly £100m last summer to bring in eight new players, but a disappointing campaign saw them finish sixth - with several of their acquisitions coming in for criticism.

Now, Thompson has rated their respective debut seasons on Merseyside, with efforts dividing opinion.

Starting with Emre Can, Thompson gives him an eight, saying he would have got a nine but for his last six games. He does, however; believe that the German has “been the best of the lot.”

Up next is Adam Lallana, who is given a seven. The former Southampton man suffered a number of injuries to limit his game time this year but Thompson likes him, saying, “he’s got great ability and hopefully next year he can stay free of injury and get himself a solid run in the first team.”

Defender Alberto Moreno is given a six for his performances, with Thompson suggesting he’ll be better next season after a year of Premier League experience under his belt. Fellow defender Dejan Lovren receives the same mark as the Spaniard, although Thompson says consistency has proved a problem for him.

Rickie Lambert receives a six, having featured very little across the campaign in a disappointing year. After that, Thompson moves on to the man who has received the most derision, Mario Balotelli, giving him a five.

The Italian has failed to impress at Anfield and has received heavy criticism for his performances, and Thompson doesn’t believe he will be at the club next year, despite what his agent says. “I would be surprised if he’s at Anfield next season. I know his agent has been saying he will be, but I just can’t see it working out,” he said.

Lazar Markovic is last on the list, who surprisingly gets a five as well, with Thompson saying; “he’s just not really done it for me. He’s certainly not done anywhere near enough to justify the hype he had when he first came in.”

Low scores for several of Liverpool’s signings from last year then, with Thompson unimpressed with Balotelli and Markovic in particular. Supporters will be hoping they spend their money better this summer, with an improvement on last season demanded by an expectant fan base.

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