Liverpool's 10 most expensive transfers of all time

Cameron Smith
  • Cameron Smith
  • Updated: September 8, 2021, 12:25 CEST
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After buying the club in late 2010, the Fenway Sports Group set about changing the fortunes of Liverpool for the better and reached into their deep pockets to do so.

They struggled to make an impression initially, but they've found success in recent times, winning the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League for the very first time in 2020.

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Many of the players on this list helped guide the club to those famous wins, but which players are the 10 most expensive in Liverpool history?

10. Andy Carroll - £36.9m (from Newcastle, 2011)

Of all the success stories on this list, Andy Carroll is not one of them. He arrived in the same January transfer window as Luis Suarez and it's fair to say that the Uruguayan had a far longer-lasting impression at the club.

They were both signed as Fernando Torres' replacement and whilst Suarez performed this role admirably, Carroll was far less successful.

A target man at Newcastle, his attributes didn't suit Liverpool's style of play and he scored just 11 goals for the club before being sold to West Ham for only £15m in 2013. A bad move all in all.

9. Roberto Firmino - £36.9m (from Hoffenheim, 2015)

King of the no-look finish, Roberto Firmino is loved by Liverpool fans, but amongst general football fans, he divides opinion.

On one hand, he plays as a number nine, yet his goal-scoring record is patchy, but on the other, his link-up play and ability to drop deep allows Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to burst forward into the space he's created.

Firmino has become a valuable asset to Jurgen Klopp's side, with 44 goals contributions in 49 starts in 2017/18 displaying his true talent

He has proved money well spent.

8. Sadio Mane - £37m (from Southampton, 2016)

Next up, it's Mane, who the Reds cleverly poached from one of their favourite hunting grounds, Southampton.

The Senegalese forward hit the ground running at Liverpool, scoring what proved to be the winner on his Premier League debut against Arsenal, and that has set the tone for the rest of his Reds career.

The Best Premier League Transfers Ever: Sadio Mane to Liverpool (2016/17)

He's scored a barrell-load and played a vital role in their first ever Premier League triumph, scoring 18 league goals that year.

Mane's signing has well and truly been a success.

7. Mohamed Salah - £37.8m (from Roma, 2017)

Salah has gone down in Anfield folklore, and the heights he set in his debut campaign has meant he simply hasn't received the recognition he deserves since.

Like Mane, he scored on his league debut and after that, he couldn't stop scoring. 43 others followed in his maiden year, and he broke the record for the most Premier League goals in a single season, with 32.

He's managed to consistently net every since then, and is yet to drop below 23 goals in all competitions in a single year.

He scored the opener in their Champions League final win, and was the top scorer as they won the Premier League; Salah is a Liverpool legend.

6. Diogo Jota - £40m (from Wolves, 2020)

Signed from Wolves, Diogo Jota was seen as necessary back-up to the formidable aforementioned front three, but his performances were so impressive that he started pushing for the starting XI.

Hampered by a mid-season injury, Jota still managed 13 goals in all competitions for the Reds in his first campaign, and at times had displaced either Firmino or Mane.

He added depth to a forward line in desperate need of some, and whilst the fee was seen as excessive, he's proven to be worth the money.

5. Fabinho - £40.5m (from Monaco, 2018)

Forced to play centre-half for much of 2020/21 due to injuries, Fabinho has proven just how valuable he is in the middle of the park.

Patrolling the pitch and protecting the back four, the Brazilian is a formidable defensive force, and like the aforementioned Firmino, Mane and Salah, he has been crucial in Klopp's rebuild of Liverpool.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho

He is finally being recognised as one of the world's best defensive midfielders, and for £40m, it's been a steal.

4. Christian Benteke - £41.8m (from Aston Villa, 2015)

Finally, a transfer that didn't work out. Christian Benteke arrived at Anfield having scored 49 goals in three seasons at Aston Villa.

However, he spent just one season at Liverpool, scoring 10 goals, after starting just 14 league games, and was sold for £28m to Crystal Palace; a decent fee, but certainly a loss.

One memorable moment was his incredible acrobatic goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but overall, this move failed.

3. Naby Keita - £54m (from RB Leipzig, 2018)

After an impressive couple of seasons at RB Leipzig, Liverpool decided that Naby Keita was the ideal signing to bolster their midfield options, and splashed over £50m on him.

In retrospect, that fee was far too much, and Keita is yet to pay it back with his performances. Klopp hasn't trusted the Guinea international all that much, preferring Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and the aforementioned Fabinho..

Keita has also struggled with injuries, and has missed far too many games since the move to England.

As such, he's failed to make over 25 starts in all competitions in a single campaign at the club, and in 2020/21, he played just 522 minutes in the Premier League.

It's been a move that hasn't worked out, but he still has time to turn it around if given the chance.

2. Alisson - £56.3m (from Roma, 2018)

Signed in the same summer as Keita, Alisson has fared much better at Anfield than the Guinea midfielder, as he finally ended Liverpool's goalkeeper woes.

First Simon Mignolet was a liability, then came Loris Karius, whose errors cost the Reds the 2017/18 Champions League. Alisson was signed, and immediately fixed things at the back.

Alisson and six goalkeepers who have scored in the Premier League

He kept 27 clean sheets in all competitions in his first year and it was his rock-solid base that helped them lift the Champions League trophy that year.

He formed an excellent understanding with his back-four and that foundation led to the Premier League triumph in 2020.

Although he suffered a shaky few games in 2020/21, his late winning header against West Brom helped secure Champions League football.

1. Virgil van Dijk - £76.2m (from Southampton, 2018)

Arguably the most important signing in Liverpool's recent history, Virgil van Dijk changed the fortunes of the club for the better after his arrival from Southampton in January 2018.

He guided them to the Champions League final in his first six months, and followed that up by winning the competition the next year.

Becoming the best centre-back in the world, Van Dijk was the runner-up in the 2019 Ballon d'Or and his leadership and distribution at the back was potentially the most important part of their title-winning team.

His importance was highlighted by the Reds' poor form in 2020/21 once he was sidelined through a knee injury he suffered in the Merseyside derby.

It's not often that a £75m player is deemed a bargain, but Van Dijk has proven to be one since he swapped St Mary's for Anfield.