Liverpool were extremely activate in the summer transfer window, but how well did they do in the market?
The attacking midfielder became the second of three to jump ship from Southampton to Anfield, joining Liverpool for £25 million. Lallana brings a lot of depth to the squad, as well as offering a lot going forward. Along with that, he has proven top flight form and is versatile whether playing either the box-to-box centre midfield role, or just behind the strikers and also offers stiff competition to Philippe Coutinho, which should bring the best out of the pair.
However, I question whether Liverpool have paid £25 million for somebody who potentially comes off the bench most games – Rodgers has said that Coutinho is ‘the brains of the team’ and proved how well he links up with Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling last season. Nonetheless, with the Reds now back in the Champions League, he will be a more than adequate replacement if somebody is in need of a rest.
The Belgian youngster impressed at the World Cup and was rewarded with a £10 million move from Lille to Liverpool. He is quick, has excellent ball skill and an eye for goal – however its disappointing that he has been sent out on loan back to the club he signed from.
For a £10M signing, he should really be with his new side. Rodgers has showed how well he develops youth players - Raheem Sterling a prime example. Origi proved he can mix with the best at the World Cup and should be training at Melwood every day. A good prospect, but disappointing he is not playing in a Red shirt this season.
Manquillo arrives at Anfield in order to strengthen the defence that conceded 50 goals last season. So far, he looks a solid, traditional full-back with not much that gets past him. However, in today’s modern game, Manquillo does not offer all that much going forward which is a necessity.
Lambert was the first signing of the summer, joining from Southampton for £4 million in June, rejoining Liverpool after being released 17 years prior.
The Kirkby native offers the Reds a different approach from what they had last season. Lambert comes off the bench and Brendan Rodgers can change the style of play if they cannot brake down the opposition. Not only is he a target man, he has excellent skill on the ball and an eye for goal when it is on the deck as well as in the air.
For the price Liverpool paid, they have a proven Premier League goal scorer who can come on and impact games and that has already been displayed against Southampton and Manchester City.
Can was one of Europe’s highly touted players across Europe, with scouts from every major club scouting the German last season. Liverpool have acquired his services for £10 million and he offers a lot of versatility in the centre-of-midfield.
The 20-year-old looks powerful when defending and going forward with the ball – he reminds of Fernandinho at Manchester City. However the start of the season says Can may not play all that much this season in top flight games, but appear in domestic cup games and cover for injuries.
‘Super Mario’ was last but by no means least to be brought to Anfield. Everyone knows what you get with Balotelli – a player who makes as much noise off the field as he does on.
Nonetheless, I believe that the Italian International now under one of the best man-managers in football. If you look at how Brendan Rodgers settled Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, he did a marvellous job. Balotelli knows this may be his last chance at a top club and he can’t mess up – with those two combined it makes me suspect he will do well at Anfield.
Balotelli’s debut against Tottenham Hotspur showed his ability and his maturity. The former Manchester City man held the ball up well and linked up well with Sturridge and Sterling and did not complain when Steven Gerrard took the penalty for the second goal and congratulated his new captain when he scored.
The forward has plenty of ability and his goal scoring record speaks for itself.
Lovren is the third and final signing for Southampton, joining for a fee of £20 million. The Croatian centre-back has come in to lead Liverpool’s back four and help prevent leaking silly goals.
He has showed early signs of his ability – strong in the tackle and the header, along with timing his challenges to perfection. However, he must learn to communicate with his fellow partners as that is how Liverpool conceded twice away at Manchester City.
The Reds saw off a host of competition to bring in Markovic from Benfica for a sum of £20 million. Although he has not appeared much yet, his form for the Portuguese last season was outstanding and aided them to reach the Europa League final.
He has bags of speed and plenty of skill on the ball and his European experience will be vital now the Reds return to the Champions League this season. As the season comes on, we will definitely see more of Markovic and by the end of the season, I see the youngster being an integral part of the squad
The Spaniard was someone who Liverpool chased all summer and despite Sevilla wanting£20 million, Ian Ayre wielded his hand and got the player for £12 million.
That sum looks a bargain from early performances. Left-back is a position that Liverpool have struggled with for years – I was never convinced with John Arne Riise and Jose Enrique can be rash in the tackle sometimes.
Moreno made a mistake of debut for Manchester City’s first goal; however he had a solid game otherwise and followed that up with a superb performance against Tottenham Hotspur. The 22-year-old netted his first goal for the Merseyside club at White Hart Lane, when picking the ball up in his own half, driving forward before finishing from an acute angle.
Moreno looks to have everything you want in a full-back – pace, power, solid defensively and going forward. If you compare it to the £30M that Manchester United paid for Luke Shaw, the Spaniard looks a bargain.