Liverpool Transfer News: Analyzing Which New Addition Will Have Biggest Impact

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Liverpool player Iago Aspas in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on August 24, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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In their quest to finish in the Premier League's top four this summer, Liverpool didn't exactly make any huge, earth-shattering signing this summer.

But while some teams were busy throwing around money like LeBron James tosses around baby powder before a game—and a few other teams waited until the very last minute to do anything at all—Liverpool very quietly added a host of quality players.  

In all, the Reds added Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet, Aly Cissokho (loan), Tiago Ilori, Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses (loan). Not a bad haul. 

The question is, which player will have the biggest impact on the club this season? 

Right off the bat, we can likely eliminate Alberto, who looks as though he'll struggle to earn significant time with the starting 11 this year. He's one for the future, as is centre-back Ilori. 

The next player off the list is Cissokho, who should steal some minutes from Jose Enrique but probably won't win the regular starting gig this year. He was an excellent move for depth, however. 

That leaves Toure, Aspas, Mignolet, Sakho and Moses, all players that should earn plenty of starts and could have a major impact on the club. 

The first player off for me is Aspas. With the way Daniel Sturridge has started—and with Luis Suarez soon to return—it's hard to see Aspas getting much more than a super-sub role at forward, at least in Premier League play. He'll probably see plenty of time in cup competitions, though. 

And with everyone's darling, Philippe Coutinho, manning the No. 10, Aspas probably won't be utilized as a second striker, either. He'll make an impact this year, but not a gigantic one.

It's time to eliminate one of the centre-backs, and given his groin injury and the addition of Sakho, Toure is the next player out. While he has been quite good thus far this season, the odds of him beating out Sakho for a starting role next to Daniel Agger seem unlikely.

And then there were three. Moses, you're next. 

While the Chelsea man was a great loan addition and should really make an impact on the right wing—alongside his natural ability, directness and driving runs forward, his stint at Chelsea improved his football intelligence and technical savvy—it's hard to see him being a game-changer for Liverpool. 

He'll give the team an athletic winger on the right side that will be a danger on the counter-attack, though, Jordan Henderson has started the season strong and won't cede his position without a fight. 

So, who will it be? Who will make the biggest impact at Liverpool this season? Can I get a drum roll?

Oh, c'mon, from the gate you knew the answer was going to be Mignolet. While signing Sakho was a coup—he's a toolsy centre-back and a natural leader—Mignolet has been spectacular in his first three starts and looks like he'll be a rock in goal all season long. 

No one addition will have more of an impact than he will between the posts. 

With a deeper, improved defense and one of the top keepers in the Premier League this season, Liverpool's defense should keep them competitive in the top-four race. It was clearly a priority this summer, and after three wins and no goals conceded, it was a priority that was well addressed. 


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