When the Turkey has been consumed and the Christmas crackers have been pulled, the January Transfer Window enters centre stage.
Unlike the festive weeks preceding it, the Winter market is rarely a time for giving due to the obstinance and stubbornness of Premier League sides, rarely wanting to part ways with players mid-season.
However, while December is a time of joy and celebration, January can often be a time of desperation and emergency, as Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool found out at the start of the year.
The Reds were desperate for new signings last January, after key defenders Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez all suffered season ending injuries.
Daily Star sport considers the fluster of that unforgettable period, as well as Liverpool’s other January signings of the last ten seasons.
12. Ben Davies
Davies was one of the three players signed when Liverpool lost their three first-choice defenders to injury.
He arrived into Anfield from Preston North End on transfer deadline day, but did not make a single competitive appearance for Klopp’s men.
After a half-season of not taking to the pitch for the Reds, he was sent on loan to Sheffield United in the summer, where he has made 12 Championship appearances this season
11. Danny Ward
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Danny Ward was signed from National League side Wrexham in January 2012 for £113,000.
However, he did not make his first appearance until the 2015-16 Premier League season, as he was repeatedly sent on loan during his time at Anfield.
He was sold to Leicester City for £12.6m in the summer of 2018, where he has been limited to League Cup matches and the odd Europa League contest.
10. Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll’s £35m arrival from Newcastle United was the ultimate crescendo to an explosive January transfer window in 2011.
After Fernando Torres’ stunning £50m move to Chelsea, Carroll was one of two strikers to arrive at Anfield to fill the void departed by him.
Unfortunately for Carroll, he failed to live up to his humongous price tag, as he only scored 11 goals in 58 appearances.
“And what about the other striker” you ask. Well, we will get to him later.
9. Ozan Kabak
Ozan Kabak’s arrival on loan in January was more informed by a ‘beggars cannot be choosers’ mentality rather than Liverpool’s normal pursuit for the best.
The Turkish defender joined the club on loan from Schalke when Klopp’s side were at the height of their defender desperation.
Unfortunately, he did not seem ready for such a big move, as he was constantly exposed by the pace, intensity, and power of the Premier League.
8. Tony Gallacher
The jury is currently out on Tony Gallacher as he has been playing for the Liverpool U23s since he joined the club from Falkirk in the 2019 January window.
Gallacher’s only appearance for the Reds came in the 5-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the League Cup last season, when Klopp and his squad were on the other side of the World competing in the Club World Cup.
As there were no senior players in the starting eleven against the Villans, it cannot be used to judge the Scotsman’s displays at Liverpool.
7. Marko Grujic
Despite costing a hefty £6.3m in 2016, Marko Grujic has never really been anywhere near Klopp’s plans.
The defensive midfielder did not enjoy the best debut at the club, when he came on for a forgettable 13-minute cameo in a 2-0 away loss to Burnley.
After a debut campaign blighted by a severe hamstring injury, Grujic has only made three more League appearances as he has been loaned to Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin, and Porto, the latter of which he will join for £8m in July 2022.
6. Steven Caulker
After a frustrating season at Queens Park Rangers which ended in relegation, Steven Caulker was curiously signed on loan by Liverpool in January 2016.
Unfortunately, the move did not pay off for Caulker or Liverpool as he only played four Premier League minutes in the six months he spent at the club.
Caulker is now playing for Chinese Premier League side Gaziantep Fk.
5. Takumi Minamino
While the Japanese playmaker is not one of Klopp’s untouchables, Minamino has proven to be a very reliable player when called upon, ever since he was signed in the 2020 January transfer window from RB Salzburg for £7.65m.
His last-minute equaliser in Liverpool’s tumultuous contest against Leicester City in the League Cup quarter-finals kept the Reds in the competition by the skin of their teeth.
At 26-years-old, there is plenty of time for Minamino to impose himself on Klopp’s team in the seasons to come.
4. Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool pulled off a transfer master stroke when they signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for £13.5m in January 2013.
He hit the ground running, contributing ten goals and six assists in his first league appearances.
In his first full season at the club, his 22 Premier League goals and ten assists came proved vital as Liverpool were only one match away from winning the Premier League.
3. Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho’s transfer had everything – goals, assists, quality, magic, and perhaps best of all, a monstrous resale value.
The Brazilian was a young, up and coming talent when he arrived at Anfield for £11.7m from Inter Milan in 2011.
However, he went on to become one of the best midfielders in the world, as he contributed 54 goals and 46 assists in 201 matches for the Reds.
He soon attracted the attention of Barcelona, who stumped up a whopping £142m to sign him make him their most expensive purchase ever in the 2018 January transfer window.
2. Virgil Van Dijk
The astonishing amount of money recouped from Coutinho was put to impeccable use as the Reds channelled it towards the £75m signing of Virgil Van Dijk.
Almost overnight, Liverpool seemed to transform from an exciting but inconsistent side, to one of the strongest teams in the world.
He has been an imperious presence at the heart of the Liverpool back four, which has won the Premier League and the Champions League over the last three seasons.
Having recovered from the knee injury which side-lined him for most of last season, normal service has resumed at Anfield as Liverpool are now competing on all fronts this season.
1. Luis Suarez
Unlike many of the names in this list, Suarez’s £23.85m move from Ajax in January 2011 was buried beneath hype encapsulating Carroll’s arrival.
Suarez became one of the most ferocious and lethal strikers in Premier League history, hammering home a terrifying 31 goals and 26 assists in his final league campaign for the Reds.
His devastating partnership with Sturridge almost secured Liverpool’s first ever Premier League title in 2014.
While he moved to Barcelona for £75m the following summer, Suarez is still often remembered as being one of the greatest ever strikers to grace the Premier League.
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