Liverpool most expensive signings ever
Who are the most expensive signings in Liverpool history? How many of the club’s record arrivals are still playing for the Premier League side? Follow us below as we take a deeper look into the careers of some of the most expensive Liverpool transfers of all time.
Money is one of the most vital assets in the world of football. If you have money to spend, then you are going to build a formidable squad in no time. That is why top clubs in Europe spend ridiculous amounts of money to sign world-class players each season and the top-four in the Premier League are certainly not exempt from taking part in the highly-inflated transfer market.
The English top-flight is quite famous for how much its respective clubs spend to sign players, while English footballers are universally known to carry a so-called “English Tax”. Liverpool, as one of the richest clubs in the Premier League, have spent hundreds of millions of Euros to acquire the services of some of the best players in the world. While not all of the club’s transfers have been successful over the years, most of their signings have turned out to be quite an incredible investment.
Most footballers on the list of
Liverpool most expensive signings ever
are still playing for the Reds as only a couple of them have moved on. Surely you too are eager to find out more about the most expensive signings in Liverpool history. So read on as we provide detailed information about the careers of these costly world-class players and take a look at their lives now.
Most expensive Liverpool signings ever
From the Salah, Mane and Firmino trio to Alisson at the back and Naby Keita in the middle of the park, there are some incredible talents on the list of
Liverpool most expensive signings ever
. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about these footballers who have cost their club some hefty fees over the years.
Transfer fee: €41M
Few might remember nowadays but there was really a time when Liverpool splashed a massive €41 million to sign Andy Carroll fromNewcastle United
in 2011. The Englishman was quite an impressive striker back in day and there is no denying that. But the Reds simply failed to take one vital matter into account and that was the fact that Carroll had only impressed in the Championship and there was still a long way to go for the center-forward in the Premier League.
However, having helped Newcastle to a promotion to the English top-flight and having scored 11 goals in 19 appearances was more than enough to convince the reds that Carroll was worth more than €40 million. People expect all of
Liverpool most expensive signings ever
to deliver on their promises by going the extra mile and putting 110% week-in week-out. But the former England international simply failed to impress anyone as he went on to score 11 goals and provide 6 assists in 58 games.
Considering how high the bar is set for Liverpool strikers, Carroll was simply not up to the task, which is why he was sold to West Ham for €17 million only after two seasons. Carroll’s transfer fromLiverpool
to West Ham added another flop to the long list of failed footballers moving in the January transfer window. As one of the most expensive Liverpool signings ever, the former Newcastle man only won the FA Cup with the Reds, which has been his first and only major trophy throughout his career.
Transfer fee: €41M
Few players have managed to split the fans the way Roberto Firmino has done over the years. The Brazilian center-forward became one of the
most expensive signings in Liverpool history
after the Reds signed him from TSGHoffenheim
for €41 million in 2015. The incredibly versatile striker is lauded as one of the best false-9s in the world as he seems to seems to deliver the exact performance that his managers ask of him.
He managed to score 49 goals and provide 36 assists in 153 appearances for Hoffenheim and gained prominence as a world-class striker in the 2014-15 season, after which Liverpool decided to acquire his services and add him to their roster. Football enthusiasts are divided on Firmino even to this day since some believe that he is one of the best false-9s in history, while others believe he is not up to the standards of Liverpool.
For the time being, however, it seems that the Premier League club are quite content with their striker as he has already scored 6 goals in 9 appearances this season. Overall, the Brazil international has made more than 300 appearances for Liverpool and has scored more than 90 goals in the process, adding 70 assists to his tally as well.
Firmino was also a part of the club’s iconic attacking trio, which consisted of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and of course Firmino himself. Since moving to Anfield, the “no-look goal” scorer has helped Liverpool win the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, while also helping them become the champions of England after thirty years.
Transfer fee: €41.5M
The holder of the record for the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history with three goals in 2 minutes and 56 seconds is definitely worth paying €41.5 million. Of course Jurgen Klopp did not know if Sadio Mane would one day achieve such a feat when he convinced his side to make Mane one of the
most expensive Liverpool signings ever
back in 2016.
The winger joined the Reds fromSouthampton
after spending only two years with the Saints, for whom he made a total of 75 appearances and managed to score 25 goals and provide 14 assists in the process.
These stats were apparently more than enough to convince Klopp that Mane was worth more than €40 million almost five years ago. Well, to be honest, the Senegal international has quite lived up to the billing with his incredible performance at Liverpool. After all, he was one of the most vital parts of the club when they finally got their hands on the Premier League title after thirty years.
As one of the Liverpool most expensive signings ever, Mane was a gem of a winger for Jurgen Klopp, having scored more than a whopping 100 goals in 230 games, while also adding more than 40 assists to his tally.
Even though the 29-year-old is mainly a left-winger, he is versatile enough to be deployed on either side of the pitch and is even capable of appearing as a center-forward from time to time. Aside from the Premier League title, Mane has also won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Cup with Liverpool throughout the years and is now tearing through the opposition defense with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
Transfer fee: €42M
Few players could have a fairytale story as Mohamed Salah, who was once considered to be a Chelsea flop and is now considered to be the best player in the world. Once dubbed the “Egyptian Messi”, Salah is now one of the main favorites for the Ballon d’Or award as his outstanding performances for Liverpool have kept them alive as one of the most formidable title contenders in the current season.
The winger did not have a great time at Chelsea as he was shipped off toFiorentina
on loan for a couple of years. It wasn’t until 2016 that Roma decided to make Salah’s move permanent for €15 million. The Egypt international went on to make a total of 41 appearances for the Serie A side in the 2016-17 season and managed to score 19 goals and provide 15 assists in the process, which caught the attention of several clubs in Europe as a bidding war started for the winger. In the end, however, it was Liverpool who got their hands on their new player by paying a whopping €42 million in the summer of 2017.
Salah’s arrival as one of the
most expensive Liverpool transfers of all time
completed the Mane-Firmino-Salah trio and totally overhauled the club’s status as a world-class title-challenging team. The 29-year-old has simply been incredible at Liverpool as he has scored 142 goals in 215 appearances so far, adding more than 50 assists to his stats as well. As one of the Liverpool most expensive signings ever, Salah’s current market value stands at around €100 million, which puts him amongst the most valuable players in the world, despite the highly-inflated market that we are all witnessing right now.
Transfer fee: €44.5M
Diogo Jota arrived as one of Liverpool most expensive signings ever in the September of 2020 and is yet to make a great impact at his new club. He joined the Reds from Wolverhampton Wanderers for €44.5 million and is one of the club’s brightest rising stars. Having played for clubs such asFC Porto
before joining Wolverhampton, Jota arrived at Liverpool with a lot of promise not only because of his massive transfer fee, but also because off his incredible performance in the Premier League.
Jota is immensely versatile and can be deployed on either side of the pitch, but usually prefers to be deployed as a center-forward by replacing Roberto Firmino. The Portugal international has made more than 40 appearances for the Reds so far and has managed to bag himself 17 goals and 4 assists in the process.
Winning the 2019 UEFA Nations League is the only major achievement on the forward’s resume for now, but he is certainly aim to win his first major trophy with Liverpool as he works his way up the ladder to succeed of the three main forwards in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
For the time being, however, Jota will have to wait for his chances and make a good impression during his appearances. Few people can manage to hold their market value after making a big-money move and as one of Liverpool most expensive signings ever, Jota is one of those few people.
Transfer fee: €45M
It is quite interesting to see that while some clubs spend well over a billion Euros to sign new players, Liverpool have managed to clear their books by planning ahead for their transfers. That is why they have managed to sign many of their world-class superstars for almost the same price. From Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, to Diogo Jota and Fabinho, the Reds have spent around €40-€45 million to sign each of these footballers and all have turned out to be great additions to Jurgen Klopp’s squad over the years.
Fabinho, for example, has been absolutely brilliant at his post as a defensive midfielder and is one of the most vital parts that make Klopp’s squad tick like clockwork. Able to both cut the passing lanes in defense and send the ball deep into the opposition territory thanks to his passing accuracy, Fabinho is a must-have for any team who likes to keep possession of the ball in the middle of the park.
The Brazil international became one of Liverpool most expensive signings ever when he arrived at Anfield fromMonaco
for €45 million in 2018. Ever since joining the Premier League side, the defensive midfielder has managed to make more than 130 appearances and has even managed to get himself 4 goals and 8 assists in the process as well.
Fabinho’s reign as one of Liverpool most expensive signings ever might not last long thanks to how inflated the market is, but the player himself will be remembered by the club’s supporters for generations to come thanks to the impact he has had as one of the best players in the club’s history.
Transfer fee: €46.5M
While most of the players on the list of Liverpool most expensive signings ever so far have been incredible additions, there is one particular player who did not get to spend much time at Anfield as his career was cut short when he joined another club only a year after joining the Reds. Christian Benteke arrived at Liverpool fromAston Villa
for a massive transfer fee of €46.5 million in 2015.
But the center-forward was quickly pushed aside by Jurgen Klopp to make way for new signings the next season. Benteke’s performance at Liverpool was subpar as he only managed to score 10 goals and provide 6 assists in 42 appearances, despite being the club’s main striker. That is why the Merseyside club decided to let go of him as Benteke joined Crystal Palace for €31 million in 2016. It was simply not meant to be as the Zaire-born Belgian striker could not live up to the billing and deliver on what his price tag had promised.
At least the former Aston Villa center-forward found his feet at Crystal Palace, for whom he has made more than 150 appearances, scoring 35 goals and providing 12 assists in the process. He is currently gracing the pitch in America, playing for DC United with a market value of around five million Euros.
Transfer fee: €60M
Looking at the previous transfer fees that the Reds have paid, some might think that Naby Keita’s €60 million price tag is
Liverpool’s record transfer fee
as it is almost €15 million higher than the previous player on the list. However, it is not even close to how much Liverpool have paid for some of their other footballers. In any case, Keita’s transfer fee is still quite a hefty one, especially considering the fact thatRB Leipzig
had initially paid less than €30 million to sign him from RB Salzburg in 2016.
Keita managed to double his market value in the two years that he spent at RB Leipzig as he joined Liverpool in the summer of 2018. The 26-year-old has since been a part of Jurgen Klopp’s rotatin tactics as he is usually deployed to act as a set of fresh lungs in the dying moments of each game. The Guinea international might not be a regular starter for Liverpool, but he is able to make an impact whenever he gets subbed on.
The central-midfielder has made more than 80 appearances for the Reds and has even managed to score 11 goals and provide 5 assists in the process, which is not bad at all considering the fact that he usually prefers to be deployed deep in the middle of the pitch.
Transfer fee: €62.5M
If it weren’t for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s massive €80 million transfer fee, Liverpool’s Alisson would have been the most expensive goalkeeper in the world thanks to his €62.5 million price tag. The Brazilian is lauded as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, which is why Jurgen Klopp splashed the cash to sign him from Roma in 2018 and make him the second world-class player to arrive from Roma during his managerial spell at Anfield.
Both Mohamed Salah and Alisson have been incredible additions to the German manager’s roster as he has achieved so much thanks to the efforts of these two. Alisson rose to prominence after joining AS Roma for €8 million in 2016 as he managed to keep 26 clean sheets in 64 appearances for the Serie A side, conceding an average of 1 goal per match. The Brazil international’s market value skyrocketed thanks to his impressive performance at Roma, which only meant that it was high time he joined a bigger club in Europe.
Alisson joined Liverpool in 2018 and has since kept a whopping 64 clean sheets in 141 appearances for the Reds. Not only has he been incredible between the posts for Liverpool, he actually went on to score a crucial goal in the 95th minute of the game as he won it for his side against West Bromwich Albion.
Liverpool were in quite a bad shape last season after many of their men fell to injury mid-season, which was why Alisson Becker took the opportunity to shine as the match-winner for his team. His incredible header actually won Liverpool’s 2020-21 Goal of the Season award.
Virgil van Dijk
Transfer fee: €84.5M
Harry Maguire might be the most expensive center-back in Premier League history ahead of Virgil van Dijk, but the Englishman is nowhere near the Dutchman’s level as van Dijk is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of his generation. It was with van Dijk’s arrival that Liverpool began conquering the English top-flight and fighting for the Champions League title as his presence significantly improved the club’s defense. The center-back holds Liverpool’s record transfer fee as he arrived at Anfield for an eye-watering fee of €84.5 million in 2018.
He joined the Reds from Southampton, for whom he had made less than 100 appearances and was still an untested center-back in the eyes of the many. While many mocked Jurgen Klopp for his decision to sign Virgil van Dijk and make him the most expensive signing in the club’s history, the Netherlands international managed to silence his doubters with his truly incredible and outstanding performance.
Van Dijk is in fact the only center-back to win the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award in recent years as he beat the likes of Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo to the award. The 30-year-old has already played in more than 140 games for the Reds and has even managed to score 13 goals and provide 7 assists in the process, which is truly impressive for a center-back.
Even with how the market is nowadays, it will take a long time to erase van Dijk’s name from the list of Liverpool’s record transfer fee and it will take much longer for the club’s supporters to forget his name as one of the club’s greatest defenders. The former Southampton man has already won the Premier League, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool and is eyeing his next major trophy with the English club.
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