Nothing quite gets fans excited like a big-money signing. Whilst some can exceed all expectations, others can fail under the pressure to deliver, weighed down by their hefty price-tags.
Here’s a look back at Liverpool’s priciest purchases, with the Anfield club’s five most expensive signings of all-time…
Mohamed Salah – £36.9m
When Jurgen Klopp decided to splash an initial £36.9m in 2017 on a player who had endured an entirely forgettable two-year spell at Premier League rivals Chelsea, there were more than a few eyebrows raised on Merseyside.
Decent spells in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma had followed his time at Stamford Bridge, though fans weren’t overly convinced by Klopp’s latest purchase.
Fast forward two years and there are certainly no doubts anymore.
The little Egyptian has enjoyed a stunning impact since signing for Liverpool, winning the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year awards in his debut season after scoring 44 goals in all competitions.
His 69 goals in his first 100 Liverpool appearances was a club-record, whilst he earned a second consecutive Premier League Golden Boot with a haul of 22 in 2018/19.
Named African Footballer of the Year in 2017/2018, the 26-year-old is set to be a key player at Anfield for years to come.
Fabinho – £39m
Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool were ready to invest heavily in their squad in the summer of 2018, as they looked to create a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
Klopp’s attentions were drawn to Monaco midfielder Fabinho, a hulking presence who had played a key role in the French club’s surprise run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2017.
The Brazil international had barely been linked with the club before his shock announcement, with Liverpool wrapping up a £39 deal early in the summer.
For all its flair, Liverpool’s side had lacked steel and the arrival of the midfield enforcer was a key factor behind their title challenge in the 2018/19 campaign.
Allowing the creative players ahead of him to flourish, Fabinho excelled as Klopp’s defensive shield even showing his versatility by playing at centre-back on occasion.
At just 25, the midfielder has plenty of room yet for further improvement.
Naby Keita – £52.75m
Much hype surrounded Liverpool’s capture of midfielder Keita, who had developed a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s finest during a spell at German side Red Bull Leipzig.
Liverpool’s pursuit of the Guinea international was lengthy, with the Reds securing his signature in 2017 in a deal that would see Keita link up with Klopp’s side a year later.
Described as a mix of Steven Gerrard and N’golo Kante by overexcited fans, the all-action Keita enjoyed an underwhelming debut season at Anfield.
In flashes, Keita has justified the hype, but those moments have been few and far between.
Injuries have no doubt played their part, though the midfielder began to hit form before suffering a season-ending injury.
Liverpool fans are hopeful that Keita will deliver on the promise, though whether his substantial fee was money well spent remains to be seen.
Alisson Becker – £65m
Liverpool had long sought a goalkeeper they could place their trust in, with the club having failed to truly replace Pepe Reina since the Spaniard’s departure in 2014. Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius had both tried and failed to establish themselves as the club’s number one, with the latter’s calamitous 2018 Champions League final performance the final straw.
To solve their issues, Liverpool spent big, breaking the world-record fee for a goalkeeper to land Brazil number one Alisson from Roma.
The 26-year-old helped transform Liverpool into the Premier League’s best defensive team in his debut season, earning a league high 21 clean sheets to win the league’s Golden Glove award.
Mistakes against Leicester and Manchester United were not much more than blips, with the goalkeeper’s hairy moments outshone by some superb saves and performances.
Alisson has brought confidence and presence to a previously vulnerable defence, with the significant outlay proving money well spent.
Virgil Van Dijk – £75m
When Liverpool decided to splash a world-record fee for a defender on Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, there were more than a few pundits left scratching their heads.
The Dutchman was undoubtedly a good player, but the fee represented a huge outlay on a defensive addition.
Almost 18 months on from Van Dijk’s arrival and his fee is rarely mentioned anymore.
Liverpool’s shaky defence had long been their Achilles heel, with their backline in desperate need of organisation and leadership.
Van Dijk’s arrival helped to change that, with perhaps even Jurgen Klopp surprised by the centre-back’s impact at Anfield.
In his first full season, Liverpool boasted the division’s best defensive record, whilst the commanding defender was crowned as the PFA Player of the Year after Liverpool finished runners-up by just a single point.
Lauded as the ‘world’s best defender’ by many, Van Dijk has delivered on his record fee.
There was a very left-field suggestion for the Player of the Year from our end of season award podcast this week. 🏆
— 90s Football Faithful (@FootyFaithful_) May 25, 2019