Top six Liverpool players who failed to live up to the hype

Iago Aspas

Liverpool have unfortunately made some very disappointing signings down the years.

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

With a seemingly big summer ahead for Jurgen Klopp as he tries to steer Liverpool even closer towards the Premier League summit, he may want to remember some of the transfer gambles that have not paid off for the Anfield outfit down the years.

With that in mind, here is HITC Sport's look at six players who failed to live up to the hype during their time on Merseyside...

Alberto Aquilani 

Alberto Aquilani was always going to have to be something special if he hoped to fill the void that was left when Xabi Alonso left Liverpool for Real Madrid in the same summer that the Italian arrived. Unfortunately, Aquilani only made a handful of league appearances and spent the majority of his time on the Reds' books out on loan. His struggles were all the more frustrating for fans with Alonso enjoying such success elsewhere.

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke's record of nine league goals in 29 games for Liverpool does not seem too bad, but when you consider that the Reds spent £32.5 million on signing him from Aston Villa, that strike-rate is incredibly underwhelming. The one positive is that they made almost all that money back when they sold him to Crystal Palace last summer (via BBC Sport).

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke

Alberto Moreno

What has been so frustrating about Alberto Moreno's time at Anfield is the fact that he has threatened to be a brilliant player for the Reds, but those glimpses of true quality are too few and far between. James Milner being deployed at left-back suggests that Klopp is not keen on the Spaniard.

Iago Aspas

Iago Aspas' most notable contribution in a Liverpool shirt was the truly dreadful corner he took in the crucial game with Chelsea when the Reds were chasing the title. That tells you as much about the quality of his goalless spell at Anfield as it does about the woeful corner. He has since gone on to score frequently for Celta Vigo, including 14 goals in 24 La Liga games this term.

Liverpool's Andy Carroll (R) in action with Wolves' Roger JohnsonAndy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Liverpool's decision to spend £35 million on Andy Carroll (via BBC Sport) will surely go down as one of the poorest deals the Reds have ever put together. He scored six times in 44 league games, meaning the club spent nearly £6 million per goal. His struggles were not helped by the form of Luis Suarez, who joined in the same window.

Joe Cole

Joe Cole was one of the most talented players England have had over the past couple of decades, and yet his spell at Liverpool was incredibly disappointing. He was sent off in his league debut for the Reds and it barely got better from there. He left three years later, having made 26 league appearances and scoring just three goals. 

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