Waste of money: Where are Liverpool's worst Premier League signings now?
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Not every transfer window has a silver lining, and even the big clubs can fall foul to a horror transfer deal or two.
Liverpool made some fantastic additions in the summer, including Sadio Mane and Joel Matip, but things haven’t been so perfect for them in recent transfer windows.
Under previous managers, it’s fair to say the club have made some of the worst signings in Premier League history. Gerard Houllier is responsible, Rafa Benitez is responsible, as are Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers.
The current Reds boss, Jurgen Klopp, has yet to really fall foul in the transfer market, but there will likely come a time when he too brings in someone who simply does not produce the goods.
With the mid-season transfer window less than a week away, Football Insider investigates what has happened to some of Liverpool’s worst signings.
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Iago Aspas – Recruited by Brendan Rodgers in June 2013, Aspas failed to establish himself at Anfield, scoring just once in 15 appearances. It was difficult playing in a team alongside the likes of Luis Suarez, because he could never get a game, and returned to Spain after just one season. He currently plays for Celta, for whom he has scored 12 goals in 19 appearances this season.
Jan Kromkamp – A Rafa Benitez signing in 2006, the Netherlands international is one of the most forgettable Liverpool players to date. He had little impact at the club, and was often criticised. Was sold to PSV after just one season, before retiring in 2013.
Antonio Nunez – Another of Benitez’s flops. Nunez was part of the deal that saw Michael Owen join Real Madrid in 2004, but the Reds got few positives out of the deal at all. The midfielder made 25 appearances in all competitions, but was yet another poor signing for the club, and left after just one season. He currently plays for Recreativo de Huelva, after spells at four other Spanish clubs, and a brief stay at Apollon Limassol in Cyprus.
Andriy Voronin – Oh, Rafa. The Ukraine striker did not provide Liverpool with the firepower they wanted, scoring just six times from 40 games in all competitions. Was sold in 2010, and retired in 2013. Joining for free and leaving for £4 million, somehow the club actually made a profit on him.
Bruno Cheyrou – Gerard Houllier thought he’d acquired ‘the new Zinedine Zidane’, but he was wrong. Cheyrou struggled in the Premier League, and never lived up to the hype. Was loaned out immediately when Benitez took over, and sold permanently in 2006. Retired six years later.
Christian Poulsen – Another nightmare midfield signing, this time the work of Roy Hodgson. The Denmark international brought plenty of experience and European pedrigree with him to Anfield, but could never establish himself in the first-team. Eventually lost out to youth prospect Jay Spearing, and was discarded in 2011. Has been without a club since the summer of 2015.
Milan Jovanovic – Acquired for free by Hodgson in the same window, Liverpool fans never really understood what Jovanovic had to offer. Scored just twice in 18 appearances before being sold at the end of the season. Spent two, more prolific years at Anderlecht before retiring in 2013.
Alberto Aquilani – Yet another failed Benitez signing, Aquilani was brought in to fill the void left by the Real Madrid-bound Xabi Alonso. Liverpool splashed out £17 million on the midfielder, who never came close to matching Alonso’s ability. Moved to Fiorentina in 2012. Now at Serie A minnows, Pescara.
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