Ranking the top 4 January transfers made by Liverpool
The January transfer window is now open, which means clubs will be looking for mid-season reinforcements to boost their chances of success this season. It could prove to be crucial, as it has been in many cases. A winter signing could completely transform the fortunes of a club's campaign. It has done so for Liverpool on many occassions. Difficult first halves of a season are wiped out following the capture of a much sought after transfer target.
These players have made an immediate impact at Anfield, scoring in their first couple of appearances for the club. Liverpool is a team that has had varying degrees of success over the years, but some of their winter recruitments have made for more good times than bad. January is a crucial month in the season. Nothing can be won in this month, but everything can be lost. However, a season can also be salvaged.
Each one of these players was brought in after a difficult start to the season, expected to steady the ship and steer Liverpool to a much better end to the season, before embarking on further success. The Reds have progressed massively over the last few years, thanks in no small part to these four players. Here are the four greatest January signings made by Liverpool.
#4 Daniel Sturridge
Come 2013, Liverpool had been in desperate need for a striker for quite some time. They were struggling in mid-table after a difficult 2012, before Brendan Rodgers entered the market early to swoop in for out-of-favour Chelsea striker, Daniel Sturridge.
The Englishman joined Liverpool for £12 million and looked to be a bargain, as he scored eleven goals for the Reds in that season including goals in his first three games. Sturridge continued his hot streak with a phenomenal start to the 2013-14 season in the absence of the main striker Luis Suarez. He would end up carving a hugely successful partnership with Suarez for the rest of the season, as the Reds came agonisingly close to lifting the Premier League title.
Since then, Sturridge has been troubled by injuries. He could not get a run going in the team and missed a lot of action due to his fitness troubles. The former Manchester City academy graduate did play a big part in Liverpool's run to the Europa League final under Jurgen Klopp, including a sensational goal in the final, but continued to struggle with injuries.
Sturridge was sent out on loan to West Brom last season, where he endured a nightmare spell. He did manage to grab hold of a second chance at Liverpool under Klopp when it looked like it was all over. Sturridge is still a really important player for the Reds, scoring some key goals at important times this season.
His run could have been better had he stayed fit at key times, but Daniel Sturridge has enjoyed a relatively positive time at Anfield.