Each of 69 Liverpool transfer deals under FSG have been rated...

Each of 69 Liverpool transfer deals under FSG have been rated...
Each of 69 Liverpool transfer deals under FSG have been rated...
Ten years, 20 transfer windows, 69 first team signings, over £ 800m spent.

Since taking control of Liverpool in October 2010, Fenway Sports Group has been constantly judged based on its ability in the transfer market.

There have been some missteps, some inspiring deals, some bargains, some expensive mistakes.

And here we are evaluating (out of 10) any purchase from Liverpool made by the American owners, taking into account their cost, impact and, in some cases, the funds raised by their departure.

January 2011

Luis Suarez (22.8 Mio. GBP, Ajax) 9, Andy Carroll (35 Mio. GBP, Newcastle United) 4

Suarez may have caused a problem or two during his time at Anfield, but his talent was undisputed, especially during the 2013-14 campaign. Carroll, bought after Fernando Torres was sold to Chelsea, will always have a special place in the hearts of Reds fans for his FA Cup semi-final winner against Everton, but injuries and form made him a very costly failure.

Summer 2011

Jordan Henderson (£ 16m, Sunderland) 9, Charlie Adam (£ 6.75m, Blackpool) 4, Alexander Doni (free) 5, Stewart Downing (£ 18.5m, Aston Villa) 6, Jose Enrique (£ 6m, Newcastle United) 6, Sebastian Coates (£ 4.9m, Nacional) 5, Craig Bellamy (free) 7

The Comolli summer. Ultimately, only Henderson offered real value for money, although Downing was the man of the game in the 2012 League Cup final before going left-back under Brendan Rodgers. Enrique was decent enough, but Adam, Coates and the unfortunate Doni – Blackburn Rovers are gone, anyone? – rarely impressed. Bellamy did a good job in his second stint at the club.

January 2012

Jordon Ibe (£ 500,000, Wycombe Wanderers) 8, Joao Carlos Teixeira (£ 830,000, Sporting Lissabon) 5

I promised to be the new Raheem Sterling when he joined the first team but didn’t live up to expectations. Even so, the £ 15million Liverpool received for his services make his signature remarkably prescient. Teixeira scored once in eight games and was Jürgen Klopp’s first game on the bench, but would never get the mark.

Summer 2012

Fabio Borini (£ 10.4m, Roma) 4, Joe Allen (£ 15m, Swansea City) 7, Oussama Assaidi (£ 3m, Heerenveen) 2, Nuri Sahin (loan, Real Madrid) 3, Samed Yesil (£ 1m, Bayer Leverkusen) 3

Borini was the first signing under Brendan Rodgers, who gave the Italian an ardent recommendation. The striker did not come close to these high expectations. Everyone did well enough under Rodgers and then Klopp, but the rest was absolutely memorable. Yesil, who played two games for Liverpool, now plays for Turkish third division side Ankara Demirspor.

In January 2011, Kenny Dalglish brought Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll to Anfield

January 2013

Daniel Sturridge (£ 12 million, Chelsea) 8, Philippe Coutinho (£ 8.5 million, Inter Mailand) 10

Was this Liverpool’s biggest January transfer window ever? Sturridge knew he had one last chance at a big club when he arrived at Anfield and only injuries stifled his incredible talent, despite still winning a Champions League winner’s medal last season. Coutinho may have been annoyed about a move to Barcelona meanwhile, but Liverpool have turned the Brazilian into a real world-class talent – and £ 142m is a lot of money.

summer 2013

Luis Alberto (£ 6.8 Mio, Sevilla) 3, Iago Aspas (£ 7 Mio, Celta Vigo) 3, Simon Mignolet (£ 9 Mio, Sunderland) 7, Kolo Toure (kostenlos) 8, Aly Cissokho (Leihgabe , Valencia) 5, Mamadou Sakho (£ 15 Mio, Paris Saint-Germain) 6, Tiago Ilori (£ 3.5 Mio, Sporting Lissabon) 3, Victor Moses (Leihgabe, Chelsea) 5

Alberto and Aspas are both producing to the highest standards now, good players but bad buys at the time, and not just because of the latter’s ability to take the corner. Mignolet proved a good servant, while Toure was the ultimate popular professional during his two years at Anfield. Cissokho and Moses were indifferent credits, Sakho became too much of a problem while still wondering why Ilori got signed in the first place.

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Summer 2014

Rickie Lambert (£ 4.5m, Southampton) 4, Adam Lallana (£ 25m, Southampton) 8, Emre Can (£ 9.5m, Bayer Leverkusen) 7, Kevin Stewart (free) 5, Lazar Markovic (£ 19.8m, Benfica) 2, Dejan Lovren (£ 20m, Southampton) 8, Divock Origi (£ 9.8m, Lille) 7, Javier Manquillo (loan, Atletico Madrid) 5, Alberto Moreno (£ 12m, Seville) 6, Mario Balotelli (£ 16m, AC Milan)) 1

The summer that ultimately reigned for the Rodgers. Lallana, Lovren and Origi are all ready to pick up the Premier League winners’ medals for last year’s European Cup victories, though Lallana will be on the way by then and there is still speculation about the other two’s future. Can improve with Klopp and may regret not staying for at least another season. Moreno will forever split opinion, but not so Markovic and Balotelli, among the two worst purchases in Liverpool history, albeit for different reasons.

Summer 2015

Joe Gomez (£ 6m, Charlton Athletic) 9, Adam Bogdan (free) 3, Danny Ings (£ 8m, Burnley) 8, James Milner (free) 9, Nathaniel Clyne (£ 12.5m, Southampton ) 7, Roberto Firmino (£ 29m, Hoffenheim) 10, Christian Benteke (£ 32.5m, Aston Villa) 4, Allan (£ 500,000, Internacional) 4

Benteke was the wrong signature and time no matter how hard he tried, while Bogdan was just never good enough. Allan? Who knows. The rest, however, was part of Klopp’s development, though Ings and Clyne were both handicapped by serious injuries. The former’s talent was underscored by the £ 18million Southampton paid to get him out of Liverpool. Gomez, Milner, and Firmino remain the keys to the Reds, all of whom are now worth significantly more than their fee. Firmino in particular has proven to be a masterpiece.

January 2016

Marko Grujic (£ 5.1m, Red Star Belgrade) 6, Steven Caulker (loan, QPR) 5, Kamil Grabara (£ 250,000, Ruch Chorzow) 5

Caulker has always been short-term – he will always have Norwich City removed – while Grujic, as you suspect, missed the boat as Liverpool have moved on since his purchase, although he will be back from his loan from Hertha Berlin this summer. Grabara will hope his time will come, although Caoimhin Kelleher is now the third choice between the sticks.

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Summer 2016

Sadio Mane (30 million GBP, Southampton) 10, Loris Karius (4.7 million GBP, Mainz) 5, Joel Matip (free) 8, Ragnar Klavan (4.2 million GBP, Augsburg) 7, Alex Manninger ( free), Gini Wijnaldum (25 million GBP), Newcastle United) 9

Mane has grown into one of the best players in the world while Wijnaldum’s continued consistency and versatility underscore the wisdom of his purchase. Klavan and Matip were tricky buys, and while Karius showed up due to his thriving reputation, affairs in Kiev forced him to rebuild his career. Manninger, then 39, was only intended for emergencies and was never needed.

Summer 2017

Mohamed Salah (£ 36.9m, Roma) 10, Dominic Solanke (undisclosed fee, Chelsea) 7, Andy Robertson (£ 10m, Hull City) 9, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£ 35m, Arsenal ) 8th

The window that turned Liverpool from Premier League contender to Champions League finalist. Salah, part of the most feared clout in world football, looks like a snippet, while Robertson is proving to be as defensive a business as Sami Hyypia. Oxlade-Chamberlain is fortunately an option again after an injured year, while the Reds raised £ 19m for Solanke 18 months ago – roughly three times the fee they paid.

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January 2018

Virgil van Dijk (£ 75 million, Southampton) 10

That’s a lot of money. But the FSG was happy to be able to spend it on Klopp after the sale of Coutinho. And so was the influence of the Dutch, it now seems like something of a bargain.

Summer 2018

Naby Keita (GBP 52.75 million, RB Leipzig) 7, Fabinho (GBP 39.3 million, Munich) 9, Xherdan Shaqiri (GBP 12.85 million, Stoke City) 7, Alisson Becker (GBP 65 million) , Roma) 10

Like Van Dijk, both Alisson and Fabinho helped Liverpool take the final step towards becoming European, World and Premier League champions. Shaqiri’s talent has been marred by injuries for the past 18 months, while Keita’s own fitness problems mean he hasn’t lived up to expectations. However, time remains on his side.

Summer 2019

Harvey Elliott (Tribunal Fee, Fulham) 7, Sepp van den Berg (£ 1.3m, PEC Zwolle) 6, Adrian (free) 6

Whatever Liverpool pays for Elliott it will certainly be cheap as the 17-year-old is clearly a star of the future. Adrian, a few missteps aside, has shown himself solid enough, while Van den Berg’s last appearance for the first team in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town in February was significantly better than his League Cup debut against Arsenal a few months earlier.

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January 2020

Takumi Minamino (£ 7,25 Mio., Red Bull Salzburg) 7

A slow start to life in Anfield has accelerated lately. The Japan international scored his first goal for the Reds in the Community Shield against Arsenal before scoring a double in the Lincoln loss. He will hope for more minutes as the season progresses.

Summer 2020

Kostas Tsmikas (£ 11.25m, Olympiakos), Thiago Alcantara (£ 25m, Bayern Munich), Diogo Jota (£ 41m, Wolves)

Tsimikas has been unable to show what he can so far due to an injury, but Thiago made an excellent debut in the 2-0 win over Chelsea in September. Diogo Jota looks exciting after his Anfield goal against Arsenal.

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