After a busy summer of 2014/15 and the sale of cult hero Luis Suarez, the FSG and the Reds transfer committee have certainly learned from their spending spree mistakes.
During the summer transfer window of 2014/15, Liverpool had spent north of £100 million on players that either did not perform, weren’t given a chance or ones that could never live up to their hefty price tags. Mario Balotelli’s undisputed potential could only ooze one Premier League goal in 16 appearances; Adam Lallana sat most of the season on the sidelines, Dejan Lovren never played a decent game, Lazar Markovic never hit the ground running and Rickie Lambert just did not fit the ‘Liverpool Way’.
This summer, Liverpool had done their business early and saw of competition for some highly in demand stars and potential stars. They beat Manchester United to the signings of Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino, signed an experienced and diligent midfielder in Milner, signed a solid youngster in Joe Gomez, and revamped their front line with the additions of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi (signed in 2014/15 but yet to make a competitive appearance). So how have each fared for the Reds in the early stages of the 2015/16 campaign?
James Milner – Signed on a free from rivals Manchester City, James Milner has and is doing everything Liverpool wanted him to. His presence in midfield is vital and his work rate is invaluable to the new look Liverpool side. He is yet to hit the form we all know him being capable of but slowly and surely he’s getting there, however. Probably the most wise replacement to outgoing skipper Steven Gerrard in price, Premier League experience and diligence.
Rating – 7/10
Danny Ings – Initially signed for free from relegated side Burnley, Danny Ings was always bought as a substitute rather than a regular first team starter.Has barely featured competetively, but has impressed in pre season, and at such an age is expected to only improve.
Rating – 5.5/10
Adam Bogdan – There is very little to say about the former Bolton ex stopper as he hasn’t featured in a competitive game for LFC yet. However, he was never bought as a starting option and is expected to play in the earlier stages of the domestic cups. Had a mild pre season.
Rating – 5
Joe Gomez – Probably considered an unlikely contender for best signing of the summer back when he was signed for £3.5M from Charlton. But at an unfamiliar position of left back, Joe Gomez is playing maturely beyond his years.
Rating – 8
Roberto Firmino – Yet to reach full fitness and hit form with Liverpool (due to heavy participation in Copa America for Brazil), the number 28th ranked youngster (by UEFA) offers a vast amount of potential and if played right is set to be a hit on Merseyside.
Rating – 6
Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool knew what they were signing with Nathaniel Clyne, and have made no mistake. A huge upgrade on departing Glen Johnson and has considerable attacking threat and more importantly can defend. A much needed solid right back for the Merseysiders.
Rating – 8/10
Christian Benteke – Liverpool’s second highest paid transfer standing at £32.5 million, only beaten by flop Andy Carroll. Many fans were divided by his arrival but Benteke is out to prove them wrong with his surprising work rate and speed separating him from the image of ‘the new Andy Carroll’. Scored a controversial debut goal on Anfield turf following 24 minutes of play, only beaten in time by former Kop heroes Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez. Can this be a sign of things to come?
Rating – 7
Overall spend – £77.5M
Overall transfer window rating – 7.5/10