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Liverpool's biggest deals - the hits and misses

Published 19/08/2016

Andy Carroll struggled to make an impact at Liverpool
Andy Carroll struggled to make an impact at Liverpool

Christian Benteke was the second most expensive player in Liverpool's history but after just one season at Anfield he has been sold to Crystal Palace.

It did not work out for the big Belgian on Merseyside, but he is not the only expensive recruit who has struggled to make an impact.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the club's most costly acquisitions and how they fared.

ANDY CARROLL (£35m from Newcastle)

The most expensive player in the club's history must also go down as one of their least successful signings. Carroll endured an injury-plagued two-and-a-half years at Anfield, scoring just 11 goals. The Reds took a £20million loss on him when he moved to West Ham.

VERDICT: MISS.

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (£32.5m from Aston Villa_

The signs looked promising when Benteke got off the mark early in his Anfield career, scoring the winning goal on his home debut before netting a stunning volley at Manchester United. It looked like he was doing exactly what his price tag demanded but a return of just 10 goals last season proved it was not the case and Jurgen Klopp has shipped him on to Crystal Palace.

VERDICT: MISS.

ROBERTO FIRMINO (£29m from Hoffenheim)

Arrived with a hefty price tag that he struggled to live up to initially but he improved markedly following the arrival of Klopp as manager, who played him more centrally with great effect as the Brazilian scored 11 goals and provided seven assists during his debut season. Still early days, but the signs are encouraging.

VERDICT: HIT.

LUIS SUAREZ (£22.8m from Ajax)

Not without controversy, but arguably Liverpool's best signing of the last 20 years for what he provided on the pitch. The Uruguayan scored 82 goals in three-and-a-half seasons and during the 2013-14 campaign almost led the Merseysiders to their first league title since 1990. He was named Premier League Player of the Year that season. Liverpool then made a tidy profit following his £75m move to Barcelona two years ago.

VERDICT: HIT.

FERNANDO TORRES (£20m from Atletico Madrid)

Like Suarez, another superb striker for the Reds. Torres scored 81 goals during his time at Anfield and further endeared himself to supporters by consistently terrorising arch-rivals Manchester United. A superb signing that ended in a superb sale - £50million to Chelsea. And to soften the blow of his departure, he never played well for the London club. Now back at Atletico.

VERDICT: HIT.

LAZAR MARKOVIC (£20m from Benfica)

Has potential but yet to truly justify his price tag, but perhaps Klopp can bring out the best in him. He was loaned out to Turkish club Fenerbahce last season.

VERDICT: MISS.

MARIO BALOTELLI (£16m from AC Milan)

A transfer that was always going to be one of two extremes - genius or madness. Unfortunately for Brendan Rodgers it was the latter and a gamble that did not pay off. He returned to AC Milan on loan last season and did not pull up any trees there either, missing out on Italy's Euro 2016 squad.

VERDICT: MISS.

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