Liverpool Transfer News: Ranking Brendan Rodgers' Summer Signings

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Simon Mignolet of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers have been active at both ends of the transfer window. There was a long lull in transfer business at Anfield this summer, but with good deals conducted nonetheless.

Altogether, the Reds have now wrapped up seven transfers of their own, improving just about every aspect of their team, but particularly the defence and wide areas.

In light of the club’s recent win over Manchester United, let’s now consider just who ranks highest among Liverpool’s new arrivals and what they can hope to accomplish on Merseyside.


5. Luis Alberto

One of two youngsters signed for a significant fee at Liverpool this summer, Luis Alberto has believable reason to back up his £6.8 million fee, per BBC Sport.

The 20-year-old former Sevilla forward spent last season on loan at Barcelona B, scoring 11 goals in 38 appearances for the second-tier side and earning the interest of numerous elite outfits.

Depending on how Liverpool fare in the coming weeks, Brendan Rodgers is bound to place more and more faith in his starlet signing, which continued with a substitute appearance in the win over Manchester United.


4. Iago Aspas

One of the earliest arrivals in Liverpool's summer window, it was always going to be a question of whether or not Iago Aspas could function as part of a bigger unit after almost single-handedly saving Celta Vigo's La Liga status.

However, the 24-year-old has looked promising in the absence of Luis Suarez, forming a generally effective trifecta between himself, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

Lining up just behind Sturridge for the most part, Aspas has been a fluid conduit moving forward and has eased the share of the attacking burden placed on those around him.


3. Kolo Toure

Having slipped tremendously down the pecking order at Manchester City, there perhaps wasn't a lot to be expected from the free signing of Kolo Toure this summer.

In terms of sheer value though, the Ivorian has been arguably Rodgers' finest recruit, forming a promising partnership alongside Daniel Agger, if not a worryingly injury-prone one.

Strong as any other when it comes to tackling, the 32-year-old is understandably a yard behind the pace at times, but he tends to make up for it with some good positioning skills. 


2. Simon Mignolet

Considering all three of their opening Premier League wins have been decided by 1-0 scorelines, it wouldn't be outrageous to claim that Simon Mignolet has already helped earn Liverpool a few points this season.

Specifically, the Belgian's penalty save against Stoke City on the first day of the season ensured that his new side opened up with a bang, since going on to record fine save after fine save.

Among the best in the league when it comes to shot-stopping, Mignolet can't yet measure up to Pepe Reina, the man he's replacing, in terms of distribution but has looked confident in all other areas.


1. Mamadou Sakho

Although he's yet to play a minute of Premier League football, Mamadou Sakho is already Liverpool's biggest signing of the summer period, signed for a fee of £15 million according to the Mirror.

A former captain of Paris Saint-Germain, the Reds have capitalised upon the selection dilemma created at Parc des Princes and brought in a towering centre-back who's still in his development, but he already has bags of experience under his belt.

Having played five seasons of senior football already, the centre-back will presumably replace Martin Skrtel with another strong defensive presence.

That being said, it will be interesting to see how Rodgers does with Agger and Sakho both being such left-footed players.