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Opinion – Rating Liverpool’s top five most expensive signings – Anfield Watch


Liverpool have made some big-money signings over the years, but have they all worked out?  

Today, I’m going to take a look at Liverpool’s top five most expensive transfers and see if they have lived up to their expectations.

For the prices, I’m going to be quoting Transfermarkt as they don’t include add-on clauses.

I will give each signing a rating out of 10. These ratings are not just based on their performances in a Liverpool shirt, but if they have lived up to their price tag.

So let’s take a look if Liverpool’s top five most expensive signings have been a success!

5 – Luis Diaz (£42.30m) – Winger

If we didn’t sign Diaz from Porto last January, then I would’ve had to put Christian Benteke in the number five slot, and we all know how that turned out. If you need a reminder, the striker only found the back of the net 10 times in 42 appearances for the Reds.

Thankfully, the Colombian has been much better than Benteke and he has actually been worth the aforementioned price tag.

The fee that the Reds paid for Diaz is also starting to look like a bargain. CIES, as cited by the Liverpool Echo, now value the 25-year-old at €110 million.

It’s hard to give Diaz a rating as he has only been at Liverpool for five months. But, he has been electric thus far (six goals and five assists in 26 appearances).

It’s also hard to comprehend that he still hasn’t had a pre-season with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

I’m expecting him to take another step up next season but currently, I’m going to give him a bit of a conservative rating.

Rating: 7/10

4 – Naby Keita (£54m) – Midfielder

Liverpool’s fourth most expensive signing is Naby Keita, who they signed from RB Leipzig back in 2018.

We were expecting a top midfielder from the Bundesliga to arrive, but instead, we got an injury-prone player who has spent the majority of his time at Anfield in the medical room.

Keita has had his moments in a Liverpool shirt, but for £54 million, we were expecting much more.

There is still time for the Guinea international to impress at Anfield, but that time is starting to run out.

Hopefully he can get a solid run of games under his belt next season and start to show us why we spent so much money on him.

Rating: 5/10

3 – Alisson (£56.25m) – Goalkeeper

When Liverpool signed Alisson from Roma back in the summer of 2018, he was the most expensive goalkeeper in transfer history. However, Chelsea blew that out of the water after they signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for £72 million directly after.

Since then, Alisson has gone on to win everything for Liverpool and become one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

It also wouldn’t be a terrible shout to put Alisson in Liverpool’s top three goalkeepers of all time.

He has revolutionised Klopp’s team and he was what we were missing in the early stages of the German’s era.

With Alisson’s contract still having five years until it expires, we can expect many more amazing years with the Brazilian as our goalkeeper.

Ratings: 10/10

2 – Darwin Nunez (£67.50m) – Striker

Surprisingly not the £100 million that opposition fans have been claiming since we signed Nunez. In fact, the Uruguayan still isn’t our most expensive transfer.

He could become it if all the clauses are met, but at the moment, he hasn’t even played a game for the Reds.

I have so much faith that Nunez will succeed at Liverpool. Klopp’s big-money signings tend to work out. He is the final puzzle piece that we have been missing for years and I think Klopp will get the best out of him.

However, he still hasn’t stepped foot on a football pitch as a Liverpool player, so for that reason, I won’t be giving him a rating.

Rating: N/A

1 – Virgil van Dijk (£76.19m) – Centre-back

I still remember when this deal got announced. Every opposition fan was laughing in our face saying it was the biggest robbery in the history of football.

Five years later and look who is laughing. We now have one of the best centre-backs to ever play the game and he has marshalled us to every major trophy

To say Van Dijk revolutionised this side would be an understatement. Klopp would be the first to admit that the Dutchman made this Liverpool side truly competitive for the first time in years.

Yes it was a lot of money, but he has paid it back 10-fold.

By the time he retires, Van Dijk will go down as one of, if not, the best Liverpool centre-back of all time.

If you told me what Van Dijk would do for Liverpool when we first signed him, I would’ve paid £200 million for him.

He has probably made the biggest impact out of any Liverpool player in recent history, so for that reason, I think his rating is pretty self-explanatory.

Rating: 10/10

Would you rate Liverpool’s top five most expensive transfers differently?