Liverpool's Best and Worst January Transfer Window Signings

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentJanuary 11, 2014

Liverpool's Best and Worst January Transfer Window Signings

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    The January transfer window has a mixed history for Liverpool—some brilliant signings have been made, and some not so brilliant, too. 

    Money has been thrown around by a succession of managers looking to improve the club’s fortunes mid-season.

    There’s been crazy January transfer deadline day frenzies, shrewd purchases of young players, heroes born, and a lot of wasted money.

    For every good transfer, there’s been a bad one, so take a look through the slideshow and use the comments below to give your thoughts on Liverpool’s past January transfer window activity.

Good: Daniel Agger (2006)

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    Rafa Benitez brought in Agger to bolster Liverpool’s defence just nine months after the European Cup triumph in Istanbul.

    Although the Dane had a stuttered start to his career at Anfield with just four league appearances in the remainder of 2005-06, he soon became one of Liverpool’s first choice defenders. 

    Injury has disrupted the Denmark captain’s career throughout his eight years at Liverpool, but he has been an outstanding purchase, and fans' favourite from Brondby.

Bad: Fernando Morientes (2005)

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    Morientes was signed by Benitez with much hype.

    After all, he was one of the great, proven strikers from Spain, who were re-emerging as a great attacking, footballing nation.

    However, by the time he arrived on Merseyside, he had hit his peak. At 28, Morientes’ career took a downward turn, looking slow and uncomfortable in the pace of the Premier League. 

    Morientes scored only 12 goals in 60 appearances for Liverpool, and was quickly shipped back to Spain in 2006.

Good: Javier Mascherano (2007)

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    Still regarded as one of the most technically gifted central midfielders in world football today, Mascherano arrived at Anfield in January 2007 off the back of an odd spell at West Ham. 

    A third party ownership issue involving himself and fellow Argentinian international Carlos Tevez saw both move on from West Ham, where Mascherano had fallen out of favour under Hammers boss Alan Pardew.

    Mascherano was a commanding midfielder for Liverpool, not afraid of speaking his mind, or putting in a solid tackle.

    He formed a formidable midfield three with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso, but moved to Barcelona in 2010 to pursue Champions League ambitions.

Bad: Andy Carroll (2011)

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    Carroll’s shock £35 million move from Newcastle Utd to Liverpool came on a mad transfer deadline day, which saw Reds’ striker Fernando Torres move to Chelsea for £50 million. 

    His time at Liverpool was juxtaposed with Luis Suarez’s, who had arrived earlier in the month as Liverpool’s new owners, Fenway Sports Group, gave Kenny Dalglish their riches.

    It was difficult for Carroll, who had much potential, but came to Anfield with such a big price tag, and all the pressures that come with that. 

    The England international never got going at Liverpool, despite the later purchase of Stewart Downing to supply him crosses from wide areas.

    He was loaned out to West Ham in 2012, a deal which was later made permanent. His career hasn’t taken off in east London, either.

Good: Luis Suarez (2011)

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    At £22million, the transfer of Luis Suarez from Ajax in January 2011 now looks like one of the best pieces of business in football history.

    Leaving a cloud of controversy behind in Holland for a biting incident, Suarez brought world class qualities to Liverpool right from the start, scoring 13 goals in the remainder of 2010-11, and 39 goals in 2011-12.

    His controversy has followed him, but Suarez has shown in 2013-14 the form of a great, great player.

Bad: Jan Kromkamp (2006)

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    Dutch full-back Kromkamp may go down as one of the biggest Liverpool flops of all time.

    Coming in from Villarreal in a swap deal for Spaniard Josemi, Kromkamp looked unconfident and uncomfortable on the right side of Liverpool’s defence.

    Also struggling with injuries, Kromkamp’s six months at Liverpool were miserable for all involved. He went back to his homeland to play for PSV Eindhoven in the summer.