With the transfer window in full swing, HITC Sport takes a look at some of the best and the worst Liverpool signings.
Over the years, we've seen many spectacular and strange signings in the transfer window. Moves that have amazed and mystified fans and journalists alike, along with the occasional "hidden gem" or the odd "flop". Liverpool are one club who have been subject to all of the above over the years, and so, HITC Sport has decided to take a look at some of the best and the worst of Liverpool's transfer business.
Liverpool football club's Anfield Stadium
Liverpool have had some incredible goalscorers over the years, and one that sticks out among many in the Premier League era was Spaniard, Fernando Torres, who joined the Reds from Atletico Madrid in 2007. Passionate for the club and incredible on the pitch, Torres quickly became a beloved fan favourite of Liverpool fans, scoring 65 goals in 102 appearances, before departing for Chelsea in 2011.
Fernando Torres celebrates scoring for Liverpool
His replacement wasn't such a bad player either. Arriving at the club in 2011 from Dutch giants, Ajax, Luis Suarez developed into arguably the best striker in the world during his time at Anfield. Strong, fast and at times controversial, Suarez wowed Liverpool fans with some of the most stunning goals in Premier League history, including a fabulous volley against Norwich City. Departing eventually for Barcelona, Suarez is a player that will keep a special part in Liverpool fans hearts, after scoring 69 goals in 110 appearances.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez
But it's not just strikers that Liverpool are good at recruiting. Upon his arrival at Anfield, Rafa Benitez brought with him one of the most important players for Liverpool over the last decade. Signing from Real Sociedad in 2004, Xabi Alonso quickly became a fan favourite amongst the Liverpool faithful, not just for that penalty in the club's historic Champions League victory in Istanbul. Departing eventually for Real Madrid in 2009, Xabi Alonso remains a Liverpool legend.
Xabi Alonso - Liverpool
When Liverpool signed Fernando Morientes 2005, fans were understandably excited.The Spaniard had scored nearly 100 goals for Real Madrid, and was expected to continue his prolific record in England. However, Morientes struggled to adapt to life in England, scoring just three times in 15 appearances during his first-half season at Anfield. The Spaniard lasted just 18 months in England before returning to his homeland to play for Valencia, scoring just 12 goals during his time in England.
Liverpool signing Fernando Morientes in 2005
In 2008, Rafa Benitez brought Spurs striker Robbie Keane; a move that was considered by many to be excellent. However, Keane also struggled to get going for the Reds, taking 688 minutes to score his first goal for the club, coming in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven. After just six months, Keane departed the Reds, heading back to Tottenham Hotspur.
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane
Perhaps the biggest transfer flop that comes to mind for Liverpool is that of Andy Carroll, who joined the Reds from Newcastle for a whopping £35 million, according to the BBC. Injury problems forced the striker to wait until March to make his debut, and barring two goals against Man City at Anfield, Carroll didn’t score during his first Premier League season at Anfield. The following year he found the net just four times in 35 league appearances, and this poor scoring record, combined with his injury problems, led to him being let go by Brendan Rodgers in 2013.
Liverpool's Andy Carroll (R) in action