Liverpool signings under Brendan Rodgers reviewed

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Liverpool’s summer investment so far has raised a few eyebrows. People have questioned whether Danny Ings is of Liverpool calibre and the signing of Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has been widely mocked by rival fans.

On the other hand, the signing of James Milner could prove to be a real coup for the club, he will bring an excellent work rate and plenty of determination to Liverpool’s midfield.

However it’s apparent that the players Liverpool are signing are not of the quality that their rivals are purchasing. After last summer’s shambles surely Brendan Rodgers will not mess up another transfer window?

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Fabio Borini (£10.4m)

Signed in 2012 the Italian has managed just 38 games for the club scoring a mere three goals. He spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Sunderland scoring 10 times.

Last summer he rejected the chance to join the Black Cats permanently in favour of fighting for his place at Anfield. However he hasn't managed to establish himself in the team and scored a solitary goal last season. MISS

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Joe Allen (£15m)

Solid if unspectacular the Welshman has been a reliable midfielder for Rodgers. Four goals in 95 appearances is a disappointing total for a midfielder however goal scoring has never been one of his main responsibilities.

He has hardly set the world alight but he’s certainly been one of Rodgers' better signings. HIT

Oussama Assaidi (£2.4m)

The Moroccan proved to be a flop at Anfield. He managed just 12 appearances for the club and failed to score.

He spent two seasons on loan at Stoke City and in January 2015 his highly unsuccessful Liverpool career came to an end when he joined Alu-Ahli Dubai. MISS

Nuri Sahin (Loan)

Brought in on loan from Real Madrid the midfielder played just 12 times for the club scoring three goals. The Turk struggled to adapt to the Premier League and his loan was terminated in January 2013 allowing him to join Borussia Dortmund on loan. MISS

Samed Yesil (£1m)

The youngster has struggled to break into the Liverpool first team making just two appearances for the club since his arrival in 2012.

The German has struggled with injuries during his Liverpool career. At 21 he could still prove to be a hit at Anfield but at the moment he can only be considered a miss. MISS

Daniel Sturridge (£12m)

One of Rodgers’ best signings, the Englishman has scored a hefty 40 goals in 67 appearances for the club. He was at his very best during the 2013/14 season playing up top with Luis Suarez.

Sturridge has struggled with injuries since but when fit he’s by far the best forward the club has got. HIT

Philippe Coutinho (£8.6m)

There’s a strong case for calling the Brazilian the best signing that Rodgers has made at Liverpool. His transfer fee now looks like an absolute steal.

During his time at Liverpool he has developed into one of the Premier League’s best young midfielders. He was voted the club’s player of the year after the last campaign. HIT

Luis Alberto (£6.8m)

Signed in 2013 the Spaniard has been limited to a handful of appearances for the club. He struggled during a spell on loan at Malaga and doesn't look like breaking into the Liverpool team any time soon. MISS

Iago Aspas (£7.5m)

Another poor investment, Aspas played only 15 times before leaving the club. In that time he netted only once.

He was soon loaned out to Sevilla a move that became permanent, bringing an end to an underwhelming Liverpool career. MISS

Simon Mignolet (£10m)

Mignolet was heavily criticised last season but managed to prove many of his critics wrong. He may be weak on crosses and sometimes struggles to command his area but he has been an excellent shot stopper for Liverpool since he arrived from Sunderland.

After some improved performances he looks as though he could have a bright future at the club. HIT

Kolo Toure (Free)

In his day Toure was a top class defender but Liverpool bought him in at a time when he was clearly past his best. He still shows flashes of the defender he once was but at times his general play is comical.

At 34 his best days are well and truly behind him which makes it all the more baffling that he’s just been handed a contract extension. MISS

Aly Cissokho (Loan)

The defender spent the 2013/14 season at Liverpool on loan from Valencia. However he didn't do enough to convince Rodgers to sign him on a permanent basis.

He did manage 19 appearances but was often overlooked in favour of Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan. MISS

Tiago Ilori (£7m)

Liverpool paid £7 million for the young defender but he is yet to appear for the club. With the club looking weak in the centre of defence perhaps it is time to give the him a chance to show what he can do. MISS

Mamadou Sakho (£15m)

Rodgers paid another large fee to bring the young Frenchman to Anfield from PSG. Sakho has gone on to make 46 appearances for the club scoring one goal. However his defensive abilities are highly questionable. He is 25 now and certainly hasn't developed as much as Rodgers would have hoped. MISS

Victor Moses (Loan)

Moses spent the 2013/14 season on loan from Chelsea and was part of the side that came within touching distances of winning the title.

However he managed a disappointing two goals in 22 appearances and the loan move did not become permanent. MISS

Rickie Lambert (£4m)

The Englishman got his dream move to Liverpool last summer but it has quickly turned into a nightmare for him. Little faith has been shown in the big striker and he has much of the season on the bench, at times being overlooked in favour of playing others out of position up front.

It seemed a strange signing at the time and it has proved to be a pointless one. Perhaps Rodgers was thinking with his heart rather than his head. MISS

Adam Lallana (£25m)

Liverpool look to have overpaid for the highly rated Englishman, who signed from Southampton after an excellent 2013/14 season. However he endured a difficult debut season at Anfield. He showed flashes of quality but struggled with injuries throughout the campaign. MISS

Emre Can (£9.75m)

The best signing that the club made last summer. The young German should be given credit for his willingness to play wherever he is required.

He has shown admirable versatility playing at centre half, centre midfield and full back. Though he can be suspect defensively he undoubtedly has a lot of potential. If he can nail down one position this will help his development. HIT

Lazar Markovic (£19.8m)

Few knew what to expect when Liverpool paid nearly £20 million to bring the Serbian to the club from Benfica. He is another who has found himself playing in various positions.

Unlike Can he has not proved to be as adaptive. He scored just three goals in 34 matches and you have to feel that Liverpool may have overpaid for the youngster. MISS

Dejan Lovren (£20m)

The signing of Lovren was regarded as a good piece of business when he arrived last summer, having established himself as a highly rated centre back while at Southampton.

However he struggled in his first season at Anfield, looking overwhelmed by such a big step up. Consequently he has been heavily criticised. At £20 million it looks as if the club could certainly have done better. MISS

Divock Origi (£10m)

It’s difficult to judge a player who was immediately loaned out after the club signed him. He managed eight goals in 33 games on loan at Lille which isn’t bad for a 20-year-old. However, he was subsequently voted into the Ligue 1 worst team of the season which certainly doesn't bode well for the future. MISS

Javier Manquillo (Loan)

The young full back came in on loan from Atletico Madrid and held on to a place in the team in the early stages of the campaign. However he soon lost his position and never really got it back. He managed only 19 appearances in a frustrating season. MISS

Alberto Moreno (£12m)

The highly rated left back was the eighth signing of last summer. He played 41 games last season scoring twice. While he has not always been consistent and there is still room for improvement defensively he continues to show great potential. With time he could develop into a world class full back. HIT

Mario Balotelli (£16.8m)

The less said about this one the better. The signing of the Italian was a big risk for Rodgers and it certainly hasn't paid off.

He didn't manage to score a Premier League goal last season and had the same attitude problems that caused Man City to cut their losses. Frankly he is a disgrace and the sooner they get him out the better. MISS

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