Brendan Rodgers’ three-year reign at Anfield will largely be remembered for the season when Liverpool fell just a Steven Gerrard slip away from winning the title.
The now Celtic boss was given an extremely tough rebuilding job after Kenny Dalglish left the club in 2012 but almost ended the their wait for a Premier League title.
Rodgers was tasked with freshening up an aging squad and often received plenty of ridicule for some of his decisions and signings that backfired but just how badly did they turn out?
Well, we’ve had a look at all 31 of Rodgers’ signings at Anfield and cast a particular eye on his most costly and shrewdest transfer business.
Excluding the minority of those who arrived on a loan deal, here’s how the former Liverpool manager’s three most expensive and cheapest signings are faring these days.
In total the Northern Irishman brought in four players without paying an initial fee although the Reds were later made to pay Burnley up to £8 million for Danny Ings after a tribunal ruling so he misses out.
Adam Bogdan – Free transfer from Bolton in 2015
The Hungarian was brought in to be backup to Simon Mignolet, however, when Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper endured a spluttering period of form Bogdan failed to step up.
Loris Karius’ arrival last summer pushed the ex-Bolton shot stopper further down Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order and he was sent out on loan to Wigan at the start of the season.
But he has since returned to his parent club after suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Kolo Toure – Free transfer 2013 from Manchester City in 2013
A Kolo Toure entering his mid-30’s had his defensive capabilities at the top level severely put to the test during his Anfield spell.
Nevertheless, 71 appearances would suggest it was still a useful move made by Rodgers and the pair clearly developed a good working relationship.
Toure, now 36, followed his former boss across the border to Celtic after being released by the Reds last summer.
James Milner – Free transfer from Manchester City in 2015
Milner could arguably go down as one of Rodgers’ smartest transfers during his Liverpool tenure.
Picking up a seasoned England international for free was a no-brainer and Milner’s consistency has been impeccable, even at left-back.
The 31-year-old is still considered a very useful asset by Klopp but there is only so long he will be prepared to play out of position for.
As well as the shrewd acquisitions of Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m) and Daniel Sturridge (£12m) they were plenty of costly mistakes made by Rodgers in the market. None more so than Liverpool’s third most expensive signing of all-time.
Christian Benteke – £32.5m from Aston Villa in 2015
Benteke arrived at Anfield as one of the most exciting young strikers in the Premier League but it just never clicked for the Belgian.
There’s no doubt he would have stood more of a chance of being successful had Rodgers stayed because there was no way he would ever fit in Klopp’s pressing style.
After his nightmare year on Merseyside, Benteke has tried to resurrect his career at Crystal Palace but hasn’t been helped by the Eagles embroiling in a dogfight to avoid relegation this season.
Roberto Firmino – £29m from Hoffenheim in 2015
Firmino has overtaken Sturridge as Liverpool’s first-choice striker under Klopp this year and fits what the German is trying to achieve perfectly.
Despite plenty of hardworking performances, the Brazilian forward is arguably still a few goals away from warranting such a big price tag two years ago.
Nevertheless, you feel there are still a few gears he can move up through to show Rodgers was wise to take a gamble.
Adam Lallana – £25m from Southampton in 2014
A lack of consistency often hindered Lallana under Rodgers but the current boss appears to have found the key to unlocking his best form.
The 28-year-old has finally found his goalscoring touch (ignoring his awful miss vs Man City last weekend) and Liverpool are a far more potent proposition now he is finding the back of the net.
It’s difficult to see whether Lallana would have reached his current level had Rodgers stayed at the club but you should probably give him some credit for recognising the England international’s potential at Southampton.