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Liverpool’s top five winter signings ranked – including this 11-goal ace who partnered Suarez

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Liverpool’s top 5 signings in the winter transfer window

The January transfer market is often inflated with clubs resorting to panic buys.

With more misses than hits, January is generally devoid of major moves for a player. Liverpool have had their share of hits and misses over the years.

Here we take a look at who we think are the best five signings the Reds have made in January.

5) Daniel Sturridge

Out of favor at Chelsea, Liverpool’s decision to sign Sturridge turned out to be a masterstroke as the forward immediately delivered by netting 11 goals in 16 appearances for Liverpool.

He became the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three appearances for the club. He also scored his first career hattrick against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool.
Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge formed a potent strike partnership with Luis Suarez as Liverpool almost blitzed to the Premier League title.

Unfortunately, injuries took their toll on the striker and he wasn’t able to replicate the numbers for Liverpool again.

He left the Reds in 2019 upon the expiry of his contract. His last match being the Champions League final.

4) Javier Mascherano

The Argentinian captain was languishing in the West Ham United reserves when Rafael Benitez made his move.

Initially signed on a year-long loan deal, Mascherano made his signing permanent in February 2008 for £18.6million.

javier mascherano liverpool

He slotted seamlessly into the Liverpool midfield. forming a potent triad with Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard.

He went on to make 139 appearances for the Reds before jumping ship to Barcelona in the summer of 2010.

3) Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan’s signing didn’t really get the attention it deserved due to the departure of star striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea then same day.

But Suarez soon made it clear who had got the better deal and quickly became a fan favorite at Merseyside.

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

A highly controversial figure, Suarez was involved in many high profile issues such as racial abuse and biting an oponent.twice.

On the field, the striker was exceptional and equaled Cristiano Ronaldo’s best season at United by scoring 31 goals in the league as he almost led Liverpool to an unlikely Premier League title.

He spent four seasons at Liverpool playing 133 times and scoring 82 goals. He won the PFA player’s player of the season, FWA player of the season and Premier League player of the season to add to his Premier League golden boot.

The striker eventually moved to Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for a fee of £64.98 million.

2) Virgil van Dijk

Having missed out in the summer, Liverpool finally got their man in 2018.

The £75million fee paid to Southampton was a world-record fee for a defender at that time. 

The Dutch colossus has repaid that fee and more by single-handedly transforming the Reds defense.

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool, who were known to have a porous defense, have one of the best defensive records since the signing of Van Dijk.

The Dutch captain has made 100 appearances for Liverpool and was instrumental in the Reds making successive Champions League finals eventually winning the second.

He is also a threat at the other end having scored 10 goals for the Reds.

1) Philippe Coutinho

After impressing while at Espanyol on loan, Liverpool beat Southampton to sign the prodigious Brazilian playmaker for £ 8.5million.

It was later revealed that former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez who as the manager at Inter Milan was the one who had recommended the Brazilian to the Merseyside club.

Coutinho went on to become a stalwart in the Liverpool attack and possibly the best player at the club in the following seasons.

The playmaker made 201 appearances for the Reds scoring 54 goals, including a hat-trick against Spartak Moskva in the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool made a healthy profit by selling the player to Barcelona for an initial fee of £105 million which can rise up to £142 million in what was the second-largest transfer fee at the time.

The Reds reinvested the amount received for Coutinho into the signings of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker who have proved to be central to Liverpool’s European Cup run and a potential Premier League title.

In many ways the Coutinho transfer was what led to Liverpool singing these two world-class players, making this the best business done by the club in January.

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Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member

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Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll

Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)

Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.

Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.

O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.

Gary O'Driscoll

Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.

He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)

Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.

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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.

In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.

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Third Liverpool star shipped out on loan until the end of the season

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Isaac Christie-Davies joins Cercle Brugge until the end of the season

Liverpool striker Isaac Christie-Davies has joined Cercle Brugge on loan until the end of the season. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

Christie-Davies will now link-up with the Groen en Zwart at their winter training camp in Malta. He is the third Liverpool player to leave on loan this month following Herbie Kane and Rhian Brewster.

The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.

Isaac Christie-Davies

Bernd Storck is the manager of Cercle Brugge, who gained promotion to Belgium’s top-flight last season.

The German coach was previously in charge of Royal Excel Mouscron, where Taiwo Awoniyi spent time on loan last season.

Cercle currently have 13 players on loan at the club. The Welshman’s versatility has seen him perform in midfield, on the wing and upfront for the Liverpool Under-23s this season. This could boost his chances of a starting berth.

Cercle are currently bottom of the Belgian top tier, seven points off their closest rivals Waasland-Beveren after taking just 11 from their opening 21 games.

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Cercle next play at home to Royal Antwerp on January 19 and should give Christie-Davies enough time to prepare for his possible debut.

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Liverpool striker returns from loan spell after scoring just 1 goal in 22 games

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Liam Millar has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan at Kilmarnock

Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has returned to the club after cutting short his loan at Kilmarnock. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

The 20-year-old striker, who joined from Fulham in 2016, is yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.

Millar signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool in January 2019 and joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.

Liam Millar

He made his debut for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 loss to Hearts and scored his first goal a month later against St Mirren.

He returned on loan to Kilmarnock in August 2019 on a year-long loan which has now been cut short by the Reds.

The striker made 22 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, scoring just 1 goal. (h/t Whoscored)

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A versatile forward, Millar is capable of playing both upfront and on the left flank with equal proficiency.

Liverpool had also recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan at VfB Stuttgart to address the lack of cover at centre-back due to injuries.

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