A recent Graphic posted by Dutch Twitter page Tussen de linies (via 101greatgoals) has shown us, neatly, the full extent to which Liverpool have wasted money on strikers over the last four and a bit years, with the notable exceptions of Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge.
We already knew that Brendan Rodgers’ forward signings last season spectacularly under performed, albeit with a lack of playing time due to Raheem Sterling usually being given the nod up front.
Despite this, the Reds’ signings up front since Torres departed for Chelsea back in January 2011 have been largely abysmal, and that’s being polite.
Aside from the notable exceptions of Daniel Sturridge and now-Barcelona player Luis Suarez, Liverpool’s forwards have not matched up to their transfer fees.
Andy Carroll will probably go down as the biggest flop in the list, scoring just six league goals, having come to the club for an eye-watering €41 million before leaving for less than half that amount – €17.5 million.
Another notable price-tag, which has hardly been befitting of what he’s brought to the club, is the signing of Mario Balotelli last summer for €20 million. He’s scored just one league goal in that time, meaning his Euros per Premier League goal ratio is, by a country mile, the worst of all transfers over the course of the last four years.
Check out the graphic below.
Translation: gekocht voor = purchased for; verkocht voor = sold for; competitie goals = league goals.
— Tussen de linies (@Tussendelinies) July 20, 2015
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena