Liverpool's best free transfers of all time

James Shearman Updated: 13 May 2022 13:58 CEST 3 min read
Joel Matip, Liverpool

Liverpool's transfer business in the Jurgen Klopp era has been remarkable, competing for silverware against top spenders Manchester City.

The club's shrewdness in the transfer market is epitomised by the additions of Joel Matip and James Milner - two players that have been integral in recent years.

However, in the seasons prior to Klopp's arrival, the Reds' free transfer business was generally quite poor.

These are Liverpool's top five free transfers of all time:

Joel Matip

Joel Matip took a while to settle in at Anfield, initially the fourth-choice centre-back behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.

Now, the Cameroon international has seen off the competition and partners Van Dijk in what is an exceptional defensive unit.

Indeed, Matip has had as good a 2021-22 campaign as his Dutch teammate, and is likely to make the Premier League team of the season.

Already Liverpool's best free transfer of all time, adding silverware to his collection in the remainder of this season will set him even further apart.

Fabio Aurelio

A fan favourite in his seven seasons at the Merseyside club, Aurelio won plaudits as a cultured modern left-back.

The only disappointment to this transfer was the lack of appearances (134) that he managed to accrue.

The Chilean defender suffered greatly with injuries in his time in the Premier League, and eventually made way for Jose Enrique.

Gary McAllister

Gary McAllister is an unlikely name to have made this list, signed as a 35-year-old from Coventry City.

However, Gerard Houllier's decision to bring the Scotsman to Anfield turned out to be a fantastic one.

He played 90 time across two seasons in a Reds' shirt and was part of the side that won the 2001 UEFA Cup final against Spanish side Alaves.

James Milner

James Milner's arrival created little excitement among the the Reds faithful, arriving on a free transfer from Manchester City in 2015.

Yet, the Englishman has defied expectations, making well over 200 appearances and earning a place in Liverpool folklore.

The do-it-all midfielder has proved his worth several times over years, with important goals, crucial tackles and inspiring leadership.

Bolo Zenden

Rafa Benitez signed Bolo Zenden in 2005, initially as a squad player before developing into an important figure.

Zenden's experience, intelligence and work rate, much like Milner, meant he was a key part of Liverpool's 2005 Champions League title run.

Indeed, he played on the left and in the centre of midfield in the final in Athens, in which the Reds came out victors via a penalty shootout against AC Milan.