While Liverpool have made numerous incredible signings over the years, they have had their fair share of stinkers along the way. The transfer policy has changed over the years, but the goal has always been bringing in the best talent possible.
This list takes a look at a few players that came in with incredible hype, a large transfer fee or just a budding reputation. So here we go with three of the worst signings made by Liverpool Football Club.
ANDY CARROLL (£35m from Newcastle, 2011) – While this might seem like low-hanging fruit, unfortunately the big striker did nothing to dissuade people from ever putting him on a list like this.
He arrived alongside Luis Suarez in January 2011 to replace the iconic Fernando Torres. However, his big frame and lumbering strides did not suit the style of play that Liverpool were trying to adapt to.
He did score the winning goal in the FA Cup semifinals against Everton, but that was the peak of his time. A year and a half after his transfer in, he was off to West Ham.
MARIO BALOTELLI (£16m from AC Milan, 2014) – The summer of his arrival at Anfield, Liverpool were scampering to find a suitable replacement for Luis Suarez. One of their solutions was to take a flier on the enigmatic Italian.
A player whose talent was never in question, never settled at the club. His lack of professionalism and off-field shenanigans quickly became a headache for Brendan Rodgers and the club.
He lasted all of one season at Liverpool making 28 appearances and scoring 4 times. Not quite the results one would expect from a Suarez replacement.
CHRISTIAN POULSEN (£4.5m from Juventus, 2010) – The Danish defensive midfielder was brought in to replace Javier Mascherano. Looking back now, that is a laughable sentiment and stunning the club thought it would be the best option.
The drop-off from Mascherano to the slow and awkward Poulsen would set the standard for a rough few years at the club.
Roy Hodgson thought he could rekindle the career of Poulsen but as with most Hodgson decisions at Liverpool, it failed spectacularly. The Dane was gone after one season and 21 very forgettable appearances.
There are a slew of other names we could throw on this list, but for now we don’t want to totally sour your mood. Liverpool have luckily been good more than bad in their transfer dealings over the years, but these are hard to sweep away.
Hopefully, the list gets smaller every season.