5 worst Liverpool signings in the Premier League era
Liverpool has been enjoying something of a renaissance under German manager Jurgen Klopp and the team now looks more prepared than ever to maintain a sustained challenge for the biggest titles in club football: the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
For the last 28 years, Reds have had to look on in envy as North-West rivals Manchester United and Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, as well as the one-off duo of Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City, have all lifted the Premier League trophy.
A big reason for this drought has been down to a lot of incredibly bad signings made by Liverpool managers over the years.
This has been in spite of a considerable outlay of £1.072 billion on players since the Premier League began in August 1992 and has been a stick with which rival fans have used to beat Liverpool fans with over the years.
Here is a look at five worst players that the Kop have been unfortunate to witness playing at the hallowed grounds of Anfield:
#5 Alberto Aquilani (2009-2012)
Even the greatest managers have made occasionally crazy decisions and Rafa Benitez’s inexplicable decision to rid the club of the genius of Xabi Alonso in order to get in the consummate worker bee that was Gareth Barry is one of these acts of craziness.
Like the best-laid plans though, Rafa’s gamble fell apart as Alonso did move on to Real Madrid but the club failed to get Barry from Aston Villa.
The player that was eventually brought in a year later was a disaster and one of the biggest stains on Benitez’s time at the club.
The Italian midfielder Aquilani was brought in from AS Roma for £20m in 2009 and went on to have a completely forgettable time at Liverpool.
He was constantly injured during his time in England and was only able to make 18 Premier League appearances, none of which were particularly memorable.
Ponderous in possession, slow and looking bereft of ideas, his Liverpool displays were a far cry from the dynamic maestro who had linked up brilliantly with Francesco Totti during his time at the Giallorossi.