The January transfer window is closing in and, after an active summer, Jurgen Klopp could opt to bring in some new players in 2017 with injuries to key men and Sadio Mane’s scheduled departure for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Fans always want new marquee signings but, be warned, you don’t always get what you pay for. We look at three January signings for Liverpool that turned out to be massive flops.
Fernando Morientes – £8m
The Spaniard was an exciting addition when he made the near-£8m million move to Merseyside in January 2005 but the former Real Madrid striker was not the sensation Liverpool fans hoped he would be. He couldn’t play in the Champions League because he was cup-tied so gave no input into the successful victory over AC Milan in Istanbul and he scored just three times in 15 appearances in his first season. He left the club the summer afterwards after making 60 appearances in all competitions and scoring just 12 goals.
Andy Carroll – £35m
Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea meant Liverpool had £50 million to spend on a replacement but nobody was happy with the £35million sum paid for Carroll – apart from the Newcastle treasurer. The striker was one of the worst signings Liverpool have ever made. After joining in January 2011, he scored a brace against Manchester City then didn’t score again in the 2010-11 campaign. He was injured until March but failed to impress in the final months of the season and was sold after he scored just four goals in 35 appearances the following campaign.
Scott Carson – £1m
The young goalkeeper was tipped to become a star at Leeds and when Liverpool captured him for £1m in January 2005, there were great expectations. He didn’t live up to them though and failed to provide strong back-up for Jerzy Dudek and Pepe Reina. When called upon he looked flappy and unconvincing, and Liverpool quickly looked to offload him in 2008 after he had spent three consecutive seasons on loan.