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5 big money January transfers that failed to impress

Suhail Narain
Modified 09 Dec 2014, 22:45 IST
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#2 Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Interestingly, the two worst deals in the history of the January window so far were completed just a few hours apart from each other on the last day of the 2011 window. After Liverpool learned that Torres was leaving for Chelsea, they wanted to bring in replacements with not long left before the window shut. The Reds brought in Andy Carroll from Newcastle for £35 million, shattering the previous record transfer fees for an English player. 

Carroll turned out to be a failure of epic proportions at Anfield. He managed just half a dozen goals in his 18 month spell at Liverpool before Brendan Rodgers deemed him surplus to requirements and loaned him to West Ham. The Englishman made his loan deal permanent in the summer of 2013 with Liverpool recouping less than half of what they had invested in him.

On the day that Carroll signed for Liverpool, the Reds had already completed the deal to bring in Luis Suarez from Ajax (for a paltry sum of £22.8 million) a few hours earlier. How they wish they had called it a day after signing the Uruguayan striker!

Published 09 Dec 2014, 00:29 IST
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