Last week the CIES Football Observatory shocked many observers when they illustrated that Liverpool had raked in £379 million through player sales since 2010, making the Reds the biggest selling club in Europe.
Although many of these sales were forced upon Liverpool by either financial circumstances or players demanding to leave Anfield, in that same time period the Reds have spent a little over £570 million, making them the sixth highest spending club in Europe between 2010 and 2016.
This raises the question as to who Liverpool have spent there money on, and how they squandered it on any number of average players ranging from Paul Konchesky to Lazar Marković.
However they have not been the only duds to arrive at Anfield over the last 10 years. Indeed supporters could take their pick from any number of player who were heralded as the missing piece of the jigsaw, but failed to live up to expectation.
Here are our top 10.
[tie_slide]Stewart Downing (£20 Million from Aston Villa In 2011)
After racking up a huge number of assists at Aston Villa, Stewart Downing was proclaimed as the man who would supply crosses for Andy Carroll to head home.
However after months of trying, Downing struggled to find any of his teammates, as both he and Carroll failed to in their task.
[tie_slide]Sebastian Coates (£7 Million from Nacional in 2011)
Although he may have been signed as a back-up player, Sebastian Coates was still expected to contribute something to Liverpool’s cause.
It was not to be so, and after making just 12 appearances in three seasons, the Uruguayan centre half was loaned out to Sunderland, who strangely decided to sign him on a permanent deal in 2015.
[tie_slide]Andy Carroll (£35 Million from Newcastle United in 2011)
Back in January 2011, Liverpool fans were more excited at the prospect of seeing Andy Carroll in action rather than Luis Suarez.
That view radically altered over subsequent months, as Carroll only managed six goals in 44 appearances before being sold to West Ham.
[tie_slide]Robbie Keane (£19 Million from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008)
From the outset, it appeared Robbie Keane’s transfer to Liverpool seemed a little strange, and he quickly became a sticking point in the power struggle between Rafa Benitez and the club’s then owners, George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
Consequently, the former Ireland captain’s Liverpool only lasted five months before he returned to Spurs.
[tie_slide]Lazar Markovic (£20 Million from Benfica in 2014)
Lazar Markovic arrived at Liverpool with a reputation for being a pacy winger, but failed to live up to his significant price tag.
Although he illustrated his talent at times, Markovic has since been loaned out to Fenerbahçe and Sporting Lisbon.
[tie_slide]Alberto Moreno (£12 Million from Sevilla in 2014)
After being part of Sevilla’s 2014 Europa League winning squad, Alberto Moreno moved to Liverpool for £12 million.
However since then the Spanish left back has failed to impress and was one of the main reasons why Liverpool failed to beat Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final.
[tie_slide]Mario Balotelli (£16 Million from AC Milan in 2014)
After selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool struggled to replace the Uruguayan and were forced to turn to Mario Balotelli. Like many had predicted, the Italian striker failed to make an impression and had to wait until February 2015 before scoring his first league goal.
The following August Balotelli once again linked up with AC Milan on loan before joining Nice on a free transfer on the final day of last summer’s transfer window.
[tie_slide]Christian Benteke (£32.5 Million from Aston Villa in 2015)
After netting 42 goals in 89 appearances for Aston Villa, Christian Benteke was one of the hottest properties in the Premier League during the summer of 2015.
The Belgian was in such demand that Brendan Rodgers paid £32.5 million for his services. However, after failing to impress, somehow Jurgen Klopp managed to re-coup the money Liverpool had paid for Benteke, by selling him to Crystal Palace.
[tie_slide]Ryan Babel (£11.5 Million from Ajax in 2007)
Back in the summer of 2007, Ryan Babel was considered to be among the hottest properties in the European game. Blessed with blistering pace and a quick turn, the Dutch winger was set to become a corner stone in the Liverpool team for years to come.
However the plan never came to fruition, as Babel proved too inconsistent. Liverpool sold him to Hoffenheim for £7 million in January 2011.
[tie_slide]Alberto Aquilani (£17 Million from Roma in 2009)
The cracks in Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool side quickly became apparent when they sold Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. The Spanish playmaker made Liverpool tick with his brilliant passing and ability to dictate the pace of the game.
It was therefore essential that Liverpool bought someone of equal ability in order to maintain a title challenge. However Rafa turned to the injured Alberto Aquilani and the rest is history.