Liverpool has a reputation for making the most out of the usually shorter January transfer window, although not every signing has been a resounding success. Among the mid-season arrivals at Anfield in recent years, there have been some less-than-illustrious names, but the club’s brilliance in the transfer market usually outweighs the rare misses.
Liverpool who are currently looking to secure both domestic and continental glory are among soccer Betway favourites for, at least one title come the end of May. Looking at every transfer window since the system was implemented in the 2002-03 season, here are five of the most impressive acquisitions for Liverpool Football Club.
#5. Javier Mascherano
One wouldn’t easily appreciate the excellence of Mascherano at Liverpool unless they are a keen follower of the game who watched him play.
The Argentine midfielder made the move from West Ham in 2007 January transfer window, alongside compatriot Carlos Tevez. Mascherano went on to make over 100 appearances for the Reds in just over three years. The height of his Anfield career was during the 2008-09 season when he formed a formidable midfield trio with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso. Together, they led Liverpool in one of the most impressive Premier League-era title races, narrowly falling short against Manchester United.
#4. Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool needed a striker, and when Daniel Sturridge made the switch from Chelsea to Liverpool in 2013, there were little signs that he would have such a prolific first full season with the Reds. Despite only scoring 24 goals in his entire professional career before joining Brendan Rodgers’ team, Sturridge matched that tally in the 2013-14 season alone, scoring 11 goals in his first half-season at Liverpool. Despite injury setbacks in his later Liverpool seasons, his overall return of 67 goals is noteworthy, with a goal every 129 minutes in the Premier League.
#3. Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho signed for £8.5 million from Inter in the Italian Serie A, and played a crucial role in Liverpool’s rise to the Champions League spots. His impact was evident in the nine-figure fee Barcelona paid for him, and his 54 goals from midfield further showcased his influence. Despite his infamous switch to Spain, he remains one of the greatest January Liverpool signings.
#2. Luis Suarez
While Luis Suarez’s time at Liverpool wasn’t as long as Coutinho’s, his unforgettable 2013-14 season cannot be overlooked. Suarez’s 23-goal league campaign in a team that finished seventh showed just what this man meant for Liverpool. However, it was the 2013-14 campaign where he stole the show, providing a goal or an assist every 69 minutes and coming close to securing the elusive title for Liverpool. Liverpool now have Suarez’ Uruguay heir in Darwin Nunez, who you can bet on Betway to rival Mo Salah for the top scorer award at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
#1. Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk has been a transformative addition to Liverpool, and easily one of the best buys the club has ever made. Helping the team reach the Champions League final and win it in his first full season, Van Dijk has played a crucial role in elevating Liverpool from a good side to a truly great one. The impact of the Dutchman on Liverpool’s success is undeniable, and his appointment as the Reds captain shows just how much the club values him. Fans can follow and bet on the remaining Liverpool fixtures on the Betway platform.
Other notable January signings for Liverpool include Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Alvaro Arbeloa, Maxi Rodriguez, Robbie Fowler.