Mohamed Salah’s confirmed transfer fee makes him the Reds most expensive signing ever but he’s in mixed company at the top of the pile.
Liverpool completed the £36.9m signing of Mohamed Salah on Thursday afternoon, making the Egyptian the club’s new record signing, finally surpassing the £35m that the Reds shelled out for Andy Carroll back in 2011.
So it got me thinking, who else makes up the rest of Liverpool’s most expensive signings list?
Mohamed Salah – £36.9m
Liverpool’s newest acquisition is the club’s new record transfer deal. Having initially struggled to make his name in his previous Premier League stint at Chelsea, Salah has spent the last two and a half seasons dominating the Serie A.
His raw pace and end product promise to add an extra level of devastation to the Reds already potent attacking strike force.
Andy Carroll – £35m
This is one that Reds fans just simply want to forget about. The former Newcastle striker joined the Reds in 2011 after offloading Fernando Torres and it was a terrible mismatch from the start. He managed just 11 goals for the Reds in his time on Merseyside before being sold to West Ham.
Christian Benteke – £32m
There are no doubts that Benteke is a formidable striker but like Carroll, Liverpool just wasn’t the club for him. The Belgian still managed to end up as one of the Reds top goalscorers in 2015/16 but a number of missed chances and criticisms over his work ethic saw him fall swiftly out of Klopp’s plans.
Sadio Mané – £30m+
One of Liverpool’s most instantly effective ever signings? Eyebrows were raised last summer when Klopp shelled out £30m on the winger from Southampton but 13 goals later the Senegalese was winning the club’s Player of the Year award for 2016/17. At 25 years old, Mané is only going to get better.
Roberto Firmino – £29m
Nobody knew who he was when he signed and initially, he struggled under Brendan Rodgers to make an impact. Enter Klopp. The German quickly moved him into a central role, operating as somewhat of a ‘false nine’ and the Brazilian has since become integral to the Reds Gegenpressing system.
Adam Lallana – £25m
Another who struggled initially when arriving on Merseyside, only to improve monumentally during Klopp’s first months. The Englishman always had the flair, tricks and skills to look flashy and impressive but the way he’s added goals and assists to his game over the last 18 months has been superb. Is now a key man for both club and country.
Gini Wijnaldum – £23m
More eyebrows were raised last summer as Klopp followed a £30m splashing on Mané by spending £23m on Gini Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman had been a standout performer for Newcastle in a poor 2015/16 season that saw them relegated and Klopp evidently saw enough in that to give him another shot at the Premier League.
Probably didn’t score the number of goals he’d have hoped for but performed in the bigger games consistently and adapted superbly to a new, deeper role.
Luis Suarez – £22.8m
One of the best cases of ‘value for money’ you’ll ever see in world football. The Uruguayan was a revelation for the Reds, scoring an incredible 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds. Left to Barcelona for £75m in 2014 and it took almost two years for the Reds’ attack to truly recover from the loss.
Fernando Torres – £20.2m
A previous record signing for the Reds when he joined from Atletico Madrid. Netted at a stellar rate for the Reds and watching him link up with the likes of Gerrard and Alonso was an absolute joy to behold. Left for Chelsea in 2011 in a move that practically signalled the end of his career.
Dejan Lovren – £20m
The most expensive defender to ever sign for the Reds – until we inevitably give into Southampton’s demands and pay £70m for van Dijk…
Despite improving massively on a dreadful first season on Merseyside, Lovren has divided opinion massively since signing for the club. He signed a new long-term contract at the club in April but one feels it’ll be Joël Matip partnering any new centre-back to join the club rather than the Croatian.