by Dominic (@Frankly2Shankly)
Chris Kirkland (Coventry City, £6m)
Upon the Sky Blues’ relegation in 2001, Liverpool made a summer move to make Kirkland the most expensive British goalkeeper ever at the time. Just 20-years-old at the time, the English stopper was tipped for the top but struggled with injuries throughout his time at Anfield. Kirkland subsequently failed to cement his place in the team and made just 25 league appearances over four frustrating seasons with the Reds.
Peter Crouch (Southampton, £7m)
Eyebrows were raised when the reigning European champions signed the 6’7” striker in 2005. Patience was needed with Crouch; after taking over twenty-four agonising hours of football to score for his new club, that patience paid dividends. Fondly remembered for his perfect hat-trick vs Arsenal in 2007, the former Saints striker played a big part in Liverpool’s triumphant FA Cup campaign in 2006 and journey to the Champions League final a year later.
Jermaine Pennant (Birmingham City, £6.7m)
Liverpool snapped up the winger in 2006 with the hope of unlocking some of that untapped potential he had showcased as an Arsenal youngster. Pennant made a promising start to his Anfield career, and his first goal vs Chelsea was a memorable one. A surprise starter in the 2007 Champions League final, Pennant’s gradual dip in form saw him fall further down the pecking-order and he was loaned out to Portsmouth in January 2009. He was released at the end of the season after an ultimately disappointing stint in Merseyside.
Charlie Adam (Blackpool, £6.75m)
Adam was the star man in Blackpool’s debut Premier League campaign in 2010-11 and a talisman in his side’s promotion from the Championship the previous year. Signed by Kenny Dalglish in 2011, the Scottish midfielder only lasted one disappointing season at Anfield before eventually being sold to Stoke City the following summer. Best remembered for that penalty shoot-out miss vs Cardiff in the League Cup final in 2012. The ball’s still rising.
Danny Ings (Burnley, Tribunal Fee)
Signed by Brendan Rodgers when his contract expired at Turf Moor, the 2014 Championship Player of the Year had won plenty of plaudits in his first season in the Premier League. A popular member of the squad, Ings scored in his first Merseyside derby, but two serious injury setbacks ultimately derailed his Liverpool career. Consequently, he fell out of the first team picture at Anfield but has since gone on to fashion a wonderful career for himself with Southampton following a £20m move.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United, £25m)
An attacking player who once scored four goals in a single game with Newcastle; it’s fair to say Jürgen Klopp had different plans for the Dutchman when he signed the player in 2016. Cast in a much more refined and disciplined role with the Reds, Klopp has moulded Wijnaldum into one of the key cogs which make this well-oiled winning machine tick. Tactically intelligent and tirelessly industrious, the Holland international still has the habit for finding the net on the big occasion too. ‘Gini’ has perhaps been Liverpool’s most consistent midfielder in Klopp’s tenure so far.
Andy Robertson (Hull City, £8m)
The left-back berth had been a much-maligned area of the Liverpool squad; when Liverpool identified Hull’s Andy Robertson as the solution to the conundrum, the response was underwhelming from some quarters. However, after becoming a key feature for a side which reached back-to-back Champions League finals and accumulated 196 points over two Premier League seasons, the Scotland captain is now regarded as one of the best in his position. At just £8m, he’s been a snip to say the least.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City, £13m)
Unquestionably talented, the Swiss star has played for the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Having demonstrated his set-piece skills and flashes of genuine class for Stoke in the Premier League, the diminutive attacker added his repertoire to the Liverpool ranks in 2018. Although sparingly used by his manager, Shaqiri played an important part in Liverpool’s title challenge and Champions League triumph in 2019.
Harvey Elliott (Fulham, Tribunal Fee)
Last year the talented teenager became the youngest ever Premier League debutant when he came on as a substitute for Fulham at the age of just 16. Just months later, Elliott signed for the recently crowned European Champions, reportedly rejecting Real Madrid to join his boyhood team in the process. Tipped for a bright future with Liverpool, the winger has already been involved in the first team set-up at Anfield, making eight appearances in all competitions last term.