The 2022 January transfer window has come to a close, with Liverpool making one big move and very nearly a second as time wound down.
Though some groups of fans on Twitter may think differently because of a few quiet windows, Liverpool have made a dozen moves during the winter transfer session since its inception in 2003. A few have been absolute superstars, and others never touched the pitch for the first-team.
So, who’s who? Let’s take a look back at every signing the Reds have made during the mid-season transfer window since it began.
For this list, players who were only loaned to Liverpool -not transferred – will not be included.
The first January signings for LFC
Fernando Morientes – 2005 (Real Madrid)
Signed for £6.3 million, Morientes was already 28 years old when he arrived at Merseyside from Real Madrid, where he had scored 91 goals over eight seasons with the club.
In his two seasons with Liverpool, the Spaniard registered 12 goals and six assists across all competitions (61 appearances) under coach Rafa Benitez. These numbers were considered disappointing proof that Morientes was past his prime. In 2006, at age 30, Morientes returned to Spain to play for Valencia FC.
Scott Carson – 2005 (Leeds)
Carson was signed as a backup for then-Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek, but he was given early opportunities for the Reds with five starts in his first six months at the club, including four Premier League matches (two wins, two losses) and a Champions League quarter-final home leg at Anfield victory versus Juventus. In that time, he conceded four goals and posted one clean sheet.
Though he technically remained part of the club in 2008, he spent almost all of the time following March 2006 out on loan to various clubs.
In July 2021, Carson, now 36 years old, joined Manchester City on a free-transfer deal.
Mauricio Pellegrino – 2005 (Valencia)
Pellegrino was brought to Merseyside by Benítez, his former coach, at age 33 on just a six-month contract. In that time, he appeared for the Reds 12 times but failed to make any sort of impression to earn a longer stay and was released. He returned to Spain to play one final year for Deportivo Alavés before retiring in 2006.