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Trying To Learn What’s Wrong With Liverpool’s Transfer Policy: What’s The Solution?




The Merseyside club Liverpool, the five times European Champions, is no more the most attractive spot for the top players on the globe, the reason being; their performance breakdown from the past 10 years and so.  When Jurgen Klopp arrived at the Anfield, he stated that only he will decide on who will join the club and that was clear as a whistle, but what before that?

The last time Liverpool won a trophy was back in 2005, and since then, they have been degrading themselves in every aspect of the game (on and off the pitch). Even after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, who guided them to the second place finish in the 2013-14 season was a failure in terms of the transfer. It is safe to say that the best signing Liverpool ever made in the past 10 years was Luis Suarez. And after his departure to Barcelona, the Merseysiders bought a couple of players to fill the void, but nothing ever materialized.

Daniel Sturridge was a decent buy, but the Englishman always needed a support in the game, hence, Rodgers bought the players like Mario Balotelli and Christian Benteke, who were the utter waste of money (no offence).

Player Club Fee Date
Fabio Borini Roma £10,400,000 13 July 2012
Joe Allen Swansea City £15,000,000 10 August 2012
Oussama Assaidi Heerenveen £3,000,000 17 August 2012
Nuri Sahin Real Madrid On Loan 25 August 2012
Samed Yesil Bayer Leverkusen £1,000,000 30 August 2012
Daniel Sturridge Chelsea £12,000,000 2 January 2013
Philippe Coutinho Inter Milan £8,500,000 30 January 2013
Luis Alberto Sevilla £6,800,000 22 June 2013
Iago Aspas Celta Vigo £7,000,000 23 June 2013
Simon Mignolet Sunderland £9,000,000 25 June 2013
Kolo Touré Free Transfer Free 2 July 2013
Aly Cissokho Valencia On Loan * 20 August 2013
Mamadou Sakho Paris St Germain £15,000,000 2 September 2013
Tiago Ilori Sporting Lisbon £7,000,000 2 September 2013
Victor Moses Chelsea On Loan * 2 September 2013
Rickie Lambert Southampton £4,500,000 2 June 2014
Adam Lallana Southampton £25,000,000 * 1 July 2014
Emre Can Bayer Leverkusen £9,750,000 3 July 2014
Kevin Stewart Free Transfer Free 3 July 2014
Lazar Markovic Benfica £19,800,000 15 July 2014
Dejan Lovren Southampton £20,000,000 * 27 July 2014
Divock Origi Lille £9,800,000 * 29 July 2014
Javier Manquillo Atletico Madrid On Loan 6 August 2014
Alberto Moreno Sevilla £12,000,000 * 16 August 2014
Mario Balotelli AC Milan £16,000,000 25 August 2014
Joe Gomez Charlton Athletic £6,000,000 * 20 June 2015
Adam Bogdan Free Transfer Free 1 July 2015
Danny Ings Free Transfer Unknown * 1 July 2015
James Milner Free Transfer Free 1 July 2015
Nathaniel Clyne Southampton £12,500,000 1 July 2015
Roberto Firmino Hoffenheim £29,000,000 * 6 July 2015
Christian Benteke Aston Villa £32,500,000 22 July 2015
Allan Rodrigues de Souza Internacional £500,000 2 September 2015


LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 3, 2011: Liverpool's new sigingings Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll with manager Kenny Dalglish during a photo-call at Anfield. Suarez signed from Ajax for £22.8m whilst Carroll arrived from Newcastle United for a club record fee of £35m. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Thursday, February 3, 2011: Liverpool’s new sigingings Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll with manager Kenny Dalglish during a photo-call at Anfield. Suarez signed from Ajax for £22.8m whilst Carroll arrived from Newcastle United for a club record fee of £35m. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

These were the players Brendan Rodgers brought to the Anfield during his four years of tenure with the club, and hardly four or five of them did what was expected from them, rest slipped down the drain. Now, with Jurgen Klopp at the helm, it is expected that the team will now be getting back on track, for even for that, the team needs to spend a buck load of cash.

Klopp has done a great business so far, but to be honest, the midfield has become more congested than ever. A central defender, a wide man was surely a necessity, but what about the rest? I personally feel that the team really needs a perfect number nine, who could get his hands on at least 25 goals in a single  season and only through that, they could actually challenge for the title.

It seems like the Liverpool’s transfer committee is still in the dilemma that the club is a great attraction point for the big, but to be perfectly honest here, they need to see the real world. As stated earlier, Klopp has done a great job in terms of transfers so far; hence, the club needs to hand him the entire operations of it.

Liverpool’s transfer committee was formed after the FSG took over the club in 2010. Why Liverpool are no longer a major clubs is because of the poor choices of signings. The six members of the committee decide whether a player should be bought or not. One has the job to scout, one will handle the analytics, one will look after the financial aspects and finally the manager will decide whether he wants that player or not, and it has not been working since then. And to explain that, I have some great examples; Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, Joe Allen, Christian Benteke and Adam Lallana.

During the era of Brendan Rodgers, the club made too many misleading signings, which resulted in nothing, but many now expect that Jurgen Klopp is the perfect man to guide the team to at least a top four finish. He has made some great and important signings till date, but now the thing is; the board and the committee need to support the German tactician, if they really want their club back among the bests in Europe.