Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in England and are known for their dominance in England over the 1970s and 1980s. The club failed to find their feet in the early part of the new century as they endured a huge drought of almost about 30 years when they did not win the league title.
10 best Liverpool signings
However, over the past two decades the club have once again established themselves as one of the best in England and a major reason for that is their measured transfer approach which has transformed many a players into the world’s best. With that in mind, we take a look into the 10 best Liverpool signings in the Premier League era.
Liverpool completed the signing of Spanish striker Fernando Torres in 2007 from La Liga club Atletico Madrid. Popularly known as El Nino, he wowed the Anfield with his electric pace and filthy moves as he scored goals for fun in the Premier League. although he did not win any major trophies during his time at the Merseyside club, he scored plenty of goals- 81 to be precise in a total of 142 appearances. Torres is regarded as one of the best striker’s in the club’s history and was twice named in the PFA Team of the Year despite Liverpool’s struggles as a club during that time.
Liverpool’s current club captain, and the man who led the side to the Premier League and the Champions League title in successive years was brought in from Sunderland in 2011. One of the most underrated midfielders in the league, he has made 345 appearances in his 10 year career at the club and scored 29 goals. While he is no Steven Gerrard, he has not let the fans miss him after his retirement.
Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso served as the perfect foil for Steven Gerrard at the heart of midfield for the Reds during the years 2004-09. He joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad for a transfer fee of £11m. He scored the vital equalizer for the Reds in their dramatic Champions League turnaround against Milan in Istanbul and etched his name in Liverpool history forever. The midfielder left the club in 2009 after making 210 appearances for the club.
Liverpool’s Egyptian king Mohammed Salah has been one of the best players in the Premier League ever since he joined the club in 2017 from AS Roma for a fee of £37million. He has become a huge fan favorite at the club owing to the number of goals he scores every season for them. He has already lifted the Champions League and the League title and will enter his 5th year the club. Salah won the Golden Boot in consecutive years in 2017 and 2018 and the Premier League player of the season in 2017.
Phillipe Coutinho joined the club as a youngster in 2013 from Inter Milan for a meagre £8.5m fee but became a fan favourite by the end of his career at Liverpool. He served as the flair player that every team needs and was one of Jurger Klopp’s potent weapons when he first arrived as a manager at the club. The Brazilian spent 6 seasons at Anfield and playing over 200 games in all competitions. He left the club for Barcelona in 2018 but has since failed to achieve the heights he was once destined to.
Virgil Van Dijk
Liverpool’s most expensive signing of all time Virgil Van Dijk joined the club from Southampton for a mammoth transfer fee of £75 million. The big Dutch defender, is one of their most important players at the club and delivered stellar performances for the club in defence for 3 consecutive years. He took the club to Champions league glory in 2019 when he also won the UEFA Men’s player of the season award. Van Dijk also took the club to their first ever Premier league title in 2020.
Yet another current player to feature in the list of best Liverpool signings is Senegalese winger Sadio Mane. He too like Van Dijk joined the club from Southampton in 2016 and has become an indispensable part of Jurgen Klopp’s ever since. He has made a total of 218 appearances in his 5 seasons at the club so far and found the back of the net on 97 occasions.
Arguably Liverpool’s greatest ever striker Luis Suarez was one of the best buys the Reds have made in the transfer market. Suarez joined the club in 2011 from Ajax with a huge goal-scoring reputation and he massively lived up to it at Anfield. His 31 goals in 33 Premier League appearances so nearly carried the Reds to the title in 2013-14, which was also his second-consecutive 30+ goal campaign in all competitions. He won the Golden Boot and the Premier League Player of the Season Award for his performances that year.
Brought into the club as the most expensive goalkeeper in the Premier League at the time at £66.8 million from AS Roma, the Brazilian was a huge upgrade on Lloris Karius and Simon Mignolet. His presence in the sticks was visible from the first season itself as he kept 27 clean sheets in all competitions and helped the Reds to their Champions league glory that year. Among his recent successes which came at the other end of the pitch, the keeper scored the winner against West Brom in the 95th minute of the match to help Jurgen Klopp’s side finish in the Top-4 in this season’s Premier League table.
The Scottish left back joined Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2017 from Championship club Hull City. It was a move which nobody saw coming and he joined for an estimated transfer fee of around £8m. However, 5 seasons into his career at Liverpool, he has established himself as one of the best left-backs in Europe. Robertson’s pin point crossing ability and tremendous work-rate up and down the pitch has transformed him into the player he is now.
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