Liverpool FC: Liverpool's 8 Best Signings Since 2004
Football is an amazing sport. It's one of the rare sports that continues with no foreseeable break, even though technically the European club season ended months ago. For now, transfer activity and speculation now dominate the news.
Liverpool have signed players with price tags ranging from 500,000 pounds to 35 million pounds—and transfer arrivals' success has also ranged to say the least.
This article will run through whom I think have made up the best signings since 2005.
From: "He'll never be a Liverpool player. LUCAS OUT!"
To this: "Lucas's absence is being heavily felt. WE NEED HIM BACK!"
Lucas is the epitome of determination. Enduring a painful three years of under-par performances, Lucas was being slaughtered left, right and centre for a general lack of ability. Fans were calling for his head.
So, why is he on this list?
He's on this list because he took the criticism on board and has become one of Liverpool's best midfielders through a mixture of faith, dedication and willingness to succeed. He has gone from becoming a liability to an integral part of the Liverpool system, adored by reds fans over the world.
He wasn't expensive, either.
Put simply, five million pounds for a key member of our squad looks very nice on a cheque.
Javier Mascherano was perhaps what some expected Lucas to be in his first season at Anfield.
Mascherano was a relatively quick fit into the Liverpool system, operating in front of the defence to complete a back-five effectively. Mascherano was pivotal in Liverpool's success from 2007-10, as he, Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard made up a top-notch Liverpool midfield.
The Argentinian's only down point apart from the way he left the club was his hefty price tag of 18 million pounds.
Since a heavily anticipated arrival in January 2011, Luis Suarez has become a somewhat complete modern day footballer. Talented, dedicated and a press magnet.
El Pistolero became an instant hit at Anfield, winning over fans with his quick feet and determination. Suarez is known for the spectacular, a certain flair that has for so long been missing. Ask Norwich.
Just think—one of the best defenders in the league, for 6 million pounds. Only injuries have stopped him from being the near perfect signing.
The goal to send United out of the FA Cup.
The hat-trick against United.
The goal in the Carling Cup final.
The goal against Inter Milan in the first leg of the Champions League.
The goal in the Champions league final.
Kuyt is perhaps the perfect footballer in terms of attitude. He's always going to be there if you need him. He had a knack of scoring fantastic, important goals. He was known for his work-a-holic attitude.
Dirk Kuyt is a Kop legend.
He left. It happens.
He also fetched the club 50 million pounds, with a few laughs along the way.
That being said, each and every Liverpool fan misses him.
And those that believe they don't, well those fans would do well to realise that however much hatred you have for his desire to leave the club, he served the club tremendously well for his time here. Watch the video—that's why he's on the list, apart from the fact that it would be a footballing sin to leave him out.
Reina is arguably the best goalkeeper in the league.
Reina took over the number one spot from Jerzy Dudek and hasn't looked back since. The Spaniard has become a fan favourite and has become the number one choice goalkeeper for Liverpool week-in, week-out.
A talented shot-stopper with an amazing ability for distribution too, Reina was a great signing.
Dedicated, determined and just a great goalkeeper, Reina was signed for just six million pounds. Six million!
There was no particular order, but it seems fitting that Xabi Alonso rounds off the list.
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