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Five of Liverpool’s best January signings

There’s little value in the January transfer market, or that’s at least how the misconception goes whenever the winter window opens for business.

This season there have been several stars to make an immediate impact after a January move, with Liverpool once again having proven the masters of the mid-season market.

Luis Diaz has become an instant fans’ favourite since swapping Porto for the Premier League and joins a long list of Liverpool signings to have thrived after a January move to Anfield.

 

Here are five of Liverpool’s best January signings.

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano’s initial move to the Premier League remains one of the most memorable transfer deals in the division’s history, as the midfielder and compatriot Carlos Tevez rocked up at West Ham.

The highly-rated duo had been linked with Europe’s elite clubs after successful spells in South America, but ended up in the East End of London under a controversial cloud.

Whilst Tevez turned into a cult figure at Upton Park after saving West Ham from relegation, Mascherano struggled for form and opportunities.

Liverpool took a chance on the combative Argentine in January 2007 and signed Mascherano on an initial loan deal, one that was turned into a permanent move as the star fulfilled his potential at Anfield.

Mascherano brought bite to the midfield to become a firm fans’ favourite on Merseyside, forming part of an elite midfield trio alongside Xabi Alonso and club captain Steven Gerrard.

He made 139 appearances across three-and-a-half seasons before Barcelona came calling, winning five La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies after his switch to Spain.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez came to the club’s attention after a record of 111 goals in 156 appearances for Ajax, with the Reds securing a £22.8m deal for the forward in January 2011.

Suarez’s arrival came as fan favourite Fernando Torres engineered an exit to Chelsea, but the new arrival wasted little time in filling the considerable void.

The Uruguayan netted on his debut and continued improving, scoring 69 goals in 110 league appearances for Liverpool including a spectacular final season at Anfield.

Suarez hit 31 goals and 12 assists in just 33 league games during the 2013/14 campaign, performances which saw the star win the Premier League’s Golden Boot alongside a PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year double.

Controversial and captivating in equal measure, he is arguably the Reds’ finest forward of the Premier League era and reached even greater levels after a £75m move to Barcelona.

The third-highest goalscorer in the Catalan club’s history, the two-time European Golden Shoe winner won four league titles and the Champions League at the Camp Nou.

Phillipe Coutinho

Brendan Rodgers’ search for creativity saw Philippe Coutinho arrive at Liverpool in 2013, with the Reds securing an £8.5m deal for the Brazilian.

Coutinho had struggled to command an automatic role at Inter Milan, but soon developed into a crucial part of the Liverpool team.

The fleet-footed fan favourite evolved into the creative hub of the Liverpool side across five seasons at Anfield, scoring 54 goals and providing 41 assists in 201 appearances across all competitions.

Twice named as the Reds’ Player of the Season, his penchant for scoring spectacular goals made him one of the most watchable talents in the Premier League before predictable interest from Spain’s superpowers arrived.

Like Mascherano and Suarez, he moved on to Barcelona and became one of football’s most expensive players of all time after a £142m move to the Camp Nou.

The move failed to work out as hoped despite silverware success in Spanish football however, and the 29-year-old is currently back on loan in the Premier League at Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk

The blow of Coutinho’s exit was softened somewhat with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, as Liverpool looked to the Southampton centre-back to solve their defensive issues.

It took a world-record fee of £75m for a defender to prise the Dutchman away from St Mary’s, but it has proven money well spent with few players having had a greater impact on the club’s recent rise.

Van Dijk’s first 18 months at Anfield saw the club reach consecutive Champions League finals, winning the latter after beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

The Netherlands international was named as the PFA Player of the Year during that 2018/19 campaign, becoming just the third defender to win the accolade in the Premier League era.

Van Dijk has been regarded as one of world football’s best centre-backs since moving to Liverpool and was a central figure in the club’s drought-breaking Premier League success in 2019/20, as the Reds were crowned champions of England for the first time in three decades.

Approaching 200 appearances in the club’s colours, there are more major prizes to play for as we reach the conclusion of the current campaign.

Luis Diaz

The most recent winter window arrival to make an immediate impact, Liverpool accelerated their interest in Luis Diaz after Tottenham made a move for the winger in January.

Diaz had enjoyed a superb first half of the season at Porto to score 14 goals in 18 league games, with the Reds moving quickly to secure a deal worth an initial £37m.

That figure has proven a bargain as the Colombian has hit the ground running, slotting seamlessly into the Reds side and adding depth to the club’s attacking options.

Diaz has scored three goals and provided two assists in eight league starts, whilst his trickery on the ball and tenacity off it have made him an ideal fit for Liverpool’s trophy-chasing side.

The Carabao Cup already won, Diaz will be aiming to fire Liverpool to Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup success before the end of the season after a starring role since his Anfield arrival.

Read – Five brilliant footballers we hope move to the Premier League this summer

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