Liverpool's 5 Worst Summer Transfer Deals of the Last 10 Years

Matt LadsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

Liverpool's 5 Worst Summer Transfer Deals of the Last 10 Years

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    We're into the final days of the 2014 summer transfer window. Liverpool have signed nine players so far, adding much-needed depth to Brendan Rodgers' squad.

    Only time will tell how many of those signings prove to be a success.

    There is a theory, devised by football writer Paul Tomkins, that only 40 percent of transfers succeed. No matter the club or manager, there is no guarantee of a transfer working out. So many aspects come into play and sometimes circumstances dictate otherwise.

    Thankfully, for every transfer failure, there are incredible signings at the other end of the spectrum that result in huge success and often huge financial gain—see Luis Suarez signing for £23 million and being sold for £75 million.

    Nonetheless, here are five of Liverpool's worst summer (not January window) transfer deals of the last 10 years. 

Josemi (2004)

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    Rafa Benitez's first signing in the summer of 2004 was Spanish right-back Josemi, who arrived from Malaga for £2 million.

    However, after a dismissal against Fulham in October, Steve Finnan took his place in the side and became Liverpool's Mr. Reliable.

    Meanwhile, Josemi went on to only ever be remembered for ruining the photos of Steven Gerrard lifting the Champions League trophy in Istanbul.

    Draped in the Spanish flag, Josemi felt the need to be at the forefront of the celebrations, having barely made a contribution to the success. 

    Total LFC games/goals: 35 / 0 

Robbie Keane (2008)

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    Robbie Keane's arrival at Anfield was a high-profile one, and one which was controversial for the eventual departure of Xabi Alonso the following summer.

    The story goes that Rafa Benitez wanted to sign Keane and Gareth Barry. The club got Keane but not Barry, which upset Alonso, who went on to enjoy his best season with the club before leaving for Real Madrid a year later for £30 million.

    Keane had signed for £19 million from Tottenham, but he was sold back to the London club for £16 million six months later.

    Several glaring misses—e.g. open goals—meant Keane was the fifth-slowest forward to score their first goal for the club, per LFCHistory.

    Total LFC games/goals: 28 / 7 

Alberto Aquilani (2009)

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    With Alonso gone, Benitez signed Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani from AS Roma for £17 million. The problem was that he was already injured, and he was perennially injured during his time on Merseyside.

    Two season-long loans, at Juventus and Milan, eventually led to a permanent move to Fiorentina in 2012.

    Not necessarily a bad player, but circumstances made this a bad signing.

    Total LFC games/goals: 28 / 2

Paul Konchesky (2010)

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    In all honesty, you could pick any of the arrivals from summer 2010 to sum up Roy Hodgson's short reign as Liverpool manager.

    Arriving alongside Paul Konchesky were Christian Poulsen, Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic (albeit a pre-signed deal under Benitez), Danny Wilson (another pre-agreed deal), Fabio Aurelio (re-signed after being released) and Brad Jones.

    Liverpool fans were just thankful that Hodgson's interest in Carlton Cole, per the Daily Mail, didn't finalise.

    Konchesky, meanwhile, didn't last long at Anfield. He left the club with his most memorable moment being his mum's "Scouse scum" tirade on Facebook, per The Liverpool Echo.

    He left for Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan before joining Leicester City

    Total LFC games/goals: 18 / 0 

Iago Aspas (2013)

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    Last summer's signing of Spanish forward Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo for £9 million was supposed to add depth to Liverpool's attacking options.

    He left the club a year later on loan to Sevilla, having become the first No. 9 in the Premier League era not to score a Premier League goal for the Reds.

    Strangely, he was never really given a chance as a centre-forward or from the right of a front three, his two preferred roles. Brendan Rodgers wouldn't even bring him on when the Reds were 4-0 up!

    Someone, somewhere, needs to work out why he was given the No. 9 shirt and not Daniel Sturridge. 

    Total LFC games/goals: 15 / 1