Liverpool’s hand has been forced to do business on Transfer Deadline Day for the first time a number of years as Ben Davies is set to sign for £2million.
In the current climate of inflated transfers, you rarely see somewhat of a high profile signing for that amount.
High profile in the sense that due to the desperation and crisis the Reds currently find themselves in.
Liverpool’s defensive fragilitiy due to injuries is well reported. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and stand-in centre-back Fabinho have all spent time on the treatment table.
Jurgen Klopp’s first choice pairing of Gomez and van Dijk is on the back-burner for the foreseeable future as they both suffered season-ending injuries just a couple of months into the 2020/21 season.
As Ben Davies looks set to become Liverpool’s £2 million man, we look at the seven best signings the Reds have made under £7 million.
*In no particular order.
Sami Hyypia arrived at Anfield from Dutch side Willem II in July 1999 for a reported £3.51m.
What a bargain the Finland international turned to be making 464 appearances for the Reds.
He has a decent trophy haul from his time on Merseyside, winning two League Cup’s, two European Super Cups, two FA Cup’s, one UEFA Cup and one Champions League.
Signed by Gerard Houllier, he became a defensive stalwart for Liverpool and was likened to the legendary Ron Yeats during his time with the club.
Hyypia had an eye for goal too netting 35 times during the course of his career, more than Alan Hansen and Phil Thompson.
In nearly 500 games, he was sent off just once.
Sami is definitely a legend in my eyes and well worth the money spent by the late-Houllier.
Bought for £3.51million.
It may seem somewhat bias as Barnes and I share the same birthday but he is one of the all time great Reds and there shouldn’t need to be much expectation.
He arrived at Anfield for £900,000 – these days he’d be worth more than 10x this – but for the point of the article he was one of the best signings under £7million.
At 23-year-old he made the switch from Watford with Sir Kenny Dalglish persuading the Jamaican-born English international.
Barnes glistening Liverpool career saw him win four Community Shields, two League Championships, two FA Cup’s and a lone League Cup.
He topped off his glory days at Anfield with two English Footballer of the Year awards in both season’s the Reds were the best team in England.
Bought for £900,000.
At the time of signing for Liverpool, Joe Gomez was just 18 years old when Brendan Rodgers lured him from Charlton Athletic.
Unbeknownst to fans and Rodgers, he would become the crucial figure in the Reds backline like he is today.
He has still to score his first professional goal in his career and is unfortunately sidelined through injury.
However, he has enjoyed a good career in Merseyside in his short spell with the club.
He boasts a Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners medal with the current Premier League champions.
There’s a long way to go in his Liverpool career but he’s made a promising start.
Bought for £4.41million.
Another one of Gerard Houllier’s imports was Czech Republic’s Milan Baros.
A Champions League winner at Liverpool, he went on to surpass a century of appearances for the Reds.
His Anfield trophy cabinet consists of a Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
He provided goal-scoring heroics for his native Czech Republic at Euro 2004.
A goal-scoring debut offered promise for the Czech who was lauded for his commitment and determination.
However a broken ankle sidelined him for just shy of half a year.
But Baros chipped in with important goals before he departed for Villa Park.
Bought for £3.2million
A somewhat-experienced Jerzy Dudek signed for Liverpool in 2001 at the age of 28.
Another one of Houllier’s additions at Anfield.
He was apart of a double goalkeeping unveiling by the Frenchman.
It would be a couple of years later the Pole would make a name for himself and write himself into Liverpool folklore.
His goalkeeping heroics in Istanbul establish him in this list as a bargain-alone.
A Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup winner with Liverpool he then went on to enjoy further glory in Madrid at Los Blancos.
Bought for £4.8million.
Clean Sheets: 78
Like John Barnes, the fee he signed for in 1980 and then resigned again from Juventus eight years later would probably be astronomical in the current climate.
Arguably, if not, the greatest goalscorer in Liverpool history, the Welshman was signed by the Reds twice both under seven million.
Rush’s glittering career at Anfield spanned 14 years, during this time he added five League Championship, five League Cups, four Community Shields, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.
A legend in every sense of the word and a worthy addition to the list.
Signed for 300,000 (1980) & £2.7million (1988)
John Arne Riise
A cult hero, a rocket of a left-foot and a brilliant player in the early noughties.
Fitting that we finish this with a Gerard Houllier signing.
Signed from French side Monaco in 2001, the 20-year-old came to Anfield for £4million.
Like many in this list, he enjoyed a successful seven years on Merseyside. Although his goals were collectors items, they were unstoppable, thumping strikes.
With his trademark sweatband brazen on his forearm, he won the Champions League with the Reds but missed his spot-kick in the shootout.
Obviously the pick of his goals came against Manchester United because who better to burst the net again?
Bought for £4million.
Ben Davies has received positive reports from the supporters at Deepdale which lands well with Liverpool fans and puts him in good stead.
At 25, he could provide experience that the Reds have lacked in recent months.
Who knows what the future holds, hopefully in a years down the line, we will be adding the Barrow-born ball playing central defender to this list.