Ranking every signing Liverpool have ever made in the January transfer window

Liverpool got their January transfer business done pretty early this year.

In fact, the club secured a £7.25m deal for RB Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino before the end of December.

With the club sitting comfortably clear at the top of the Premier League and are still unbeaten, it’s probably not surprising that the club won’t be too busy in this transfer window.

However, the club have been busy in the winter window since its inception in 2003.

Liverpool have made a total of 23 signings at this stage of the season at we’ve decided to rank them from worst to best.

22 | Victor Palsson | Free | 2009


Liverpool signed the Icelandic midfielder from Danish side AGF Aarhus. He played in the club’s reserve side – and even captained the team. But he couldn’t make a first-team appearance during his 12 months at the club which included a loan spell at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Now 28, Palsson plays for Bundesliga II side, Darmstadt 98.

21 | Francisco Manuel Duran | Free | 2007

Liverpool snapped up Duran from Malaga at the age of 18. He made his first reserve appearance in the ‘mini-derby’ against Everton following a nine-month injury layoff. But later that month, he suffered another anterior cruciate ligament injury.

After three years at the club, he left without making a first-team appearance.

He was last seen playing for Segunda División B, Écija Balompié but was released shortly afterwards and eventually retired at the age of 26.

20 | Paul Anderson | Swap | 2006

Anderson was involved in a swap with John Welsh going in the opposite direction to Hull.

He helped the Under 18s win the FA Youth Cup in 2006 and many thought he was destined for first-team football.

But it never happened and he left two years later for Nottingham Forest.

Anderson, now 31, has spent his entire career in the Football League and is now turning out for League Two Northampton.

19 | David Martin | Free | 2006

Martin has made a name for himself this season for West Ham but many forget that he signed for Liverpool back in 2006.

You can’t blame fans for forgetting because he never played a game for the first-team.

18 | Scott Carson | £750,000 | 2005

Liverpool signed Carson from Leeds to provide competition to Jerzy Dudek. He only made nine appearances during his three seasons at the club but started in Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final victory over Juventus en route to winning the competition – where Carson was named on the bench in the final in Istanbul.

17 | Andy Carroll | £35m | 2011

An expensive flop.

Newcastle knew Liverpool had money on transfer deadline day after they had just sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50m.

They held out for £35m and Liverpool panicked and coughed up. The deal made Carroll the eighth overall most expensive footballer at the time, and also the most expensive British footballer of all time.

Eleven goals in 58 appearances followed but he will always be remembered for his late winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley, with teammate Jamie Carragher saying the goal was “worth £35 million in itself.”

16 | Isaac Christie-Davies | Compensation | 2019

Liverpool signed Christie-Davies last year, with the fee still yet to be decided due to his age. The 22-year-old featured in the club’s recent 5-0 loss to Aston Villa in the League Cup and is now on loan to Cercle Brugge.

Can he force his way into this incredible first-team squad?

15 | Marko Grujic | £5.1m | 2016

Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool. After signing, he returned to Red Star Belgrade on loan for the rest of the season.

He’s also had loan spells at Cardiff and now finds himself in the Bundesliga at Hertha Berlin.

Clearly a talented player but the 23-year-old is running out of time to prove he has a future at Anfield.

14 | Jordan Ibe | £500,000 | 2012

There was a time that Ibe was considered the next Raheem Sterling.

It never quite worked out for the former Wycombe winger, although he did make 58 first-team appearances.

He’s now playing a bit-part role at Bournemouth.

13 | Jan Kromkamp | Swap | 2006

Kromkamp came from Villarreal and was involved in a swap-deal with fellow right-back Josemi.

However, the Dutchman failed to dislodge Steve Finnan and only played 18 times for the club before leaving for PSV.

12 | Mauricio Pellegrino | Free | 2005

Rafa Benitez raided his former club, Valencia, to sign Pellegrino on a short-term contract. He was used as cover in the Premier League – as the club focusing on their Champions League exploits – and played 13 times in total and provided some invaluable experience.

However, he was ineligible for the club’s Champions League triumph before he left six months after joining.

11 | Fernando Morientes | £6.3m | 2005

Liverpool signed a 28-year-old Morientes after he was forced out at Real Madrid by Michael Owen – who had moved in the opposite direction six months previously.

The legendary striker was probably past his best when he arrived on Merseyside but that didn’t stop him scoring 12 goals during his spell under Benitez.

10 | Maxi Rodriguez | Free | 2010

Maxi was a cult hero on the Kop with the fans singing “Maxi, Maxi Rodriguez runs down the wing for me.”

The Argentine was brilliant during the 2010/11 season, ending up with 10 goals in 28 league appearances.

He left for his native country in 2012 and, at the age of 39, is still turning out for Newell’s Old Boys.

9 | Robbie Fowler | Free | 2006

This has been bumped up the list for pure nostalgia factor.

Fowler surprisingly rejoined the club where he is known simply as ‘God’ back in 2006.

He may have been in his thirties but Fowler managed 12 goals in 39 appearances before leaving for Cardiff.

8 | Alvaro Arbeloa | £2.6m | 2007

Arbeloa proved to be a very astute signing by Benitez. The Spanish full-back was a regular during the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons and played 98 times for the Reds before leaving for Real Madrid.

7 | Daniel Agger | £5.8m | 2006

Agger was something of a hero at Anfield and, if it wasn’t for his injuries, would be even more highly regarded than he already is.

During his eight-and-a-half seasons at the club, Agger played 232 times but only had the League Cup to show for his troubles.

6 | Martin Skrtel | £6m | 2009

It was hard to separate Agger and Skrtel as both served Liverpool well as centre-backs. But Skrtel just edges it based on longevity.

The no-nonsense defender played 320 times for the club. His best season came in Liverpool’s title challenge during the 2013/14 campaign, where he scored seven league goals.

5 | Javier Mascherano | £18m | 2007

Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano. According to a song sang by the Liverpool fans at the time, they had the best midfield in the world.

The defensive midfielder had three full seasons at the club before making a £20 million move to Barcelona.

4 | Daniel Sturridge | £12m | 2013

Let’s forget about Sturridge’s last few seasons at Liverpool that were riddled with injury.

He started his Liverpool campaign with 10 goals in 14 league games at the end of the 2012/13 season. He then scored 21 in 29 during that title challenge in 2013/14 alongside Luis Suarez.

We were then restricted to glimpses of Sturridge’s quality in the following five years.

The 30-year-old is currently in fine form for Trabzonspor in Turkey.

3 | Philippe Coutinho | £8.5m | 2013

Mention the name Coutinho to Liverpool fans and they will only remember the way he forced a January move to Barcelona.

But they shouldn’t forget how the Brazilian was the club’s best player for years – especially during the 2016/17 campaign where he scored 13 league goals.

Selling an £8 million signing for £142 million shows just how good Coutinho was during his time at Liverpool.

2 | Luis Suarez | £22m | 2011

Carroll wasn’t the only arrival on transfer deadline day 2011.

And Suarez fared slightly better than Carroll, didn’t he?

In his final two seasons at the club, Suarez scored 54 league goals in 66 matches. That saw Barcelona sign him for £65 million after the 2014 World Cup in which he was caught biting Italy’s Georgio Chiellini.

1 | Virgil van Dijk | £75m | 2018

Who else?

Liverpool were desperate to sign Van Dijk in the summer of 2017 but Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League for their illegal approach. Klopp decided he would wait six months for the Dutchman and what a good decision that has proven to be.

He’s now the best defender in world football and has helped turn Liverpool from a mediocre Premier League side to European and world champions – and potentially title winners.

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