Liverpool’s top 5 January signings
As the new year approaches, the rumours and mumblings of potential January transfers are hotting up.
Whilst it’s unlikely the Reds will be doing any business this window, some of Liverpool’s best signings have been made in January.
Here’s who we think are Liverpool’s top 5 January signings.
5) Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge signed for Liverpool on the 2nd January 2013 after spending 3 and a half years at Chelsea and made a promising start to his new life on Merseyside.
It’s the 13/14 Daniel Sturridge that lives on in the minds of Liverpool fans. The Sturridge that scored over 20 Premier League goals, that flourished alongside Luis Suarez and made the PFA team of the year. Whilst that season never equated to silverware, supporters witnessed one of Liverpool’s best ever striker partnerships and got to call one of Britain’s best attacking talents their own.
But after 6 years at the club, many of which were hindered by injuries, this season is arguably the most important. Daniel returned to Liverpool after a loan spell at West Brom hungrier and more focused than ever, willing to play whatever role he could in the Red’s quest for glory.
He may no longer be Liverpool’s “main-man” or be anywhere near top of the goal-scorers list, but he’s been able to keep himself fit and step up whenever called upon. He’s scored some important goals so far this season, Chelsea away in the league is the first that comes to mind. It goes without saying, to have a player of Sturridge’s calibre on the bench is the squad depth Liverpool have been crying out for. He will no doubt have a big role to play in any success the Reds have come the end of the season.
4) Javier Mascherano
The midfielder initially joined Liverpool on an 18-month loan in January 2007 after a difficult spell at West Ham. The deal was eventually made permanent over a year later in February 2008 when he signed a 4-year contract at the club.
Mascherano was described as a “midfield monster” by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez and he quickly became one of Liverpool’s most important players, a player that has taken the Reds almost a decade to even come close to replacing.
The Argentine’s grit and defensive abilities were something not even the likes of Steven Gerrard, Emre Can or Lucas Leiva could replicate following his departure at the start of the 2010/11 season. He went on to win 16 trophies in 7 and a half years at Barcelona, but he is still regarded by Liverpool fans as one of the best defensive midfielders they’ve ever had.
3) Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho signed for Liverpool in January 2013 for a fee of around £8.5 million and he was soon to become known as the “magician”. Over the course of 5 years, Coutinho established himself as one of the Reds best and most important players.
The former number 10 was renowned for his skills on the ball, his incredible passing range and creativity on set-pieces. He was an asset the Anfield faithful were devastated to lose. He wasn’t just important when in a red shirt, it can be argued that the £142 million fee raised from his sale has allowed Liverpool to build the squad they have today, which includes the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
Whilst Liverpool haven’t exactly suffered since his departure, his talent wouldn’t go amiss in a side challenging for the Premier League title.
2) Virgil Van Dijk
On the 27th December 2017 Liverpool fans received the news they had been waiting for, Virgil Van Dijk was set to become a Liverpool player on the 1st January 2018 for a world record fee.
Heartfelt congratulations to VVD and Bobby on the impending birth of their child. 👶
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— Fields Of Anfield Road (@FOARsite) December 30, 2018
Whilst the astronomical fee was questioned at the time, he has no doubt become an integral part of this Liverpool side and is already the front runner for this season’s Player of the Year. He has brought stablility and composure to a shaky defence; he is a colossus that makes everyone around him look better.
Liverpool’s defensive unit have only conceded seven goals in the Premier League so far this term, keeping eleven clean sheets. Van Dijk has had a huge part to play in that and £75 million is starting to feel like a bargain.
1) Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at Liverpool on the 31st January 2011 for a fee of around £22.8 million.
Liverpool have seen some phenomenal footballers throughout their history and Luis Suarez is most definitely up there with the very best. He was a leader from the front who terrified defences, scoring 31 Premier League goals in the 13/14 season.
Whilst Liverpool now have Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to stick the ball in the back of the net, Suarez will be remembered as one of the most skillful and talented players to ever pull on the famous red shirt.
Wherever you are in the world, Team FOAR wishes you and yours
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019! 🎆🥳🎉
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— Fields Of Anfield Road (@FOARsite) December 31, 2018