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5 of the worst transfer campaigns in the Premier League era

Omene Osuya
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
29 Jul 2018, 21:45 IST

#4 Liverpool (2014-15)

Liverpool FC v Besiktas JK - UEFA Europa League Round of 32
Balotelli's time at Anfield was very forgettable

How to replace the verve, drive and goals of Luis Suarez proved a question too difficult for Brendan Rogers to solve.

Following the barnstorming run in the league spearheaded by the SSS strike force (Suarez, Daniel Sturridge & Raheem Sterling), the Uruguayan made the move to Barcelona for £65m.

To replace him, Rodgers and the Liverpool transfer committee (a big fat joke) decided the likes of Ricky Lambert and Mario Balotelli were good enough to replace El Pistolero.

The Reds spent a total of £117m that season as alongside Balotelli and Lambert, the likes of Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren amongst others were brought in for fees north of £20m.

It proved to be a really poor decision as the new players added little to the squad as the Reds ultimately finished 6th in the league. The attack which had papered over the defensive cracks failed to fire.

While Markovic and Lallana were obviously not ready to step up that season, the midfield never looked overtly creative with an aging Steven Gerrard and the defence got progressively worse.

With Sturridge constantly injured and Steven Gerrard unable to inspire the team once again, the Reds came nowhere close to the title while failing miserably in the UCL (where they crashed out in the first round itself).

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