Top 10: Ranking Liverpool's best transfers under FSG and John W. Henry (2023)

With Fenway Sports Group preparing to end their 12-year association with Liverpool, discussion of the legacy they will leave has been rife.

The American consortium can point to a twice-expanded Anfield, seven different trophies, and a world-class manager in Jurgen Klopp as evidence that they will leave a positive mark on the club.

But what of the players they have brought in during their time in charge?

Here, we take a look at the 10 best signings completed on FSG's watch.

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10. Luis Suarez

  • Signed from: Ajax for £22m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2011-2014
  • Trophies with Liverpool: League Cup

FSG's first transfer window at Liverpool saw them bring arguably the most talented player they have ever signed to the club with the money gained from the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea.

Although impressive, Suarez's tally of 82 goals in 133 appearances doesn't quite capture the genius of his performances, or his role in dragging a poor Reds team to greater heights than it might have reached.

However, that he does not feature higher on this list is down to a paltry return in silverware terms, his involvement in a damaging racism scandal, and a tendency to bite opposing players.

9. Fabinho

  • Signed from: Monaco for £39m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2018-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

Less than 24 hours after Liverpool's midfield had been dominated en route to defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, news of Fabinho's imminent signing broke.

And the Brazilian went on to prove that he was exactly what Jurgen Klopp's side had been missing the following season as they went on to secure Europe's biggest prize.

He has been at the heart of every success since, a fact that has seen him described as the team's "lighthouse" by assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders.


Every angle of @_fabinhotavares' worldie against @ManCity 😱

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 13, 2019

8. James Milner

  • Signed from: Manchester City for free
  • Years at Liverpool: 2015-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

Milner appeared to be taking a backward step in terms of ambition simply to play in his preferred central midfield role when he swapped Manchester City for Liverpool in the summer of 2015.

But he surely won't mind having played in every single position bar goalkeeper since moving to Anfield given that he has also collected every single trophy available - including the Champions League that still eludes City.

That unrivalled versatility is also matched up with an inimitable dressing room presence, which is why Milner was deemed worthy of a new contract this summer despite his 37th birthday closing in.

7. Andy Robertson

  • Signed from: Hull City for £8m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2017-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

No player better evidences the virtues of FSG's 'Moneyball' approach to transfers than Robertson.

Signed from relegated Hull City for just £8m, only Liverpool's recruitment team could have seen this Celtic academy reject eventually turning into one of the best left-backs in the world.

But that is exactly what happened, and the Scotland captain is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.

6. Jordan Henderson

  • Signed from: Sunderland for £20m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2011-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup (x2), UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

That Henderson's Liverpool career took a while to get going is perhaps best summed up by the fact that, just a year on from signing, he was offered to Fulham in a part-exchange deal that would have seen Clint Demspey come the other way.

Fortunately for the Reds, their future captain turned down that move, setting in motion a series of events that would lead to him lifting every major trophy available to the skipper of an English club.

He remains a key figure for Liverpool and, with a contract running until 2025, should have plenty more opportunities to lift silverware.

Put some respect on his name.🤝🏽 @JHenderson

— Jude Bellingham (@BellinghamJude) December 4, 2022

5. Roberto Firmino

  • Signed from: Hoffenheim for £29m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2015-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

The discord between Liverpool's data-driven recruitment team and erstwhile manager Brendan Rodgers was underlined by a summer in which the former pushed to sign Firmino while the latter wanted Christian Benteke.

But there is no doubt who won that argument in the long term, with the Reds' brilliant Brazilian ultimately emerging as the cornerstone of Klopp's gegenpress and every success since.

That he has done it while working his socks off and always wearing a trademark toothy grin has only served to cement his legend among supporters.

4. Sadio Mane

  • Signed from: Southampton for £34m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2016-2022
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

The first major signing of the Klopp era, Mane was there for every step of Liverpool's journey from top-four hopefuls to Premier League and Champions League winners.

The Senegalese's career followed much the same trajectory, too, as he went from promising but raw winger to complete, world-class forward along the way.

The Reds' poor start to this season might not be all down to losing Mane to Bayern Munich over the summer, but there isn't a team in the world that wouldn't miss him.

3. Virgil van Dijk

  • Signed from: Southampton for £75m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2018-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

It was regularly said that Liverpool's early defensive problems under Klopp ran so deep that a single signing could not fix them.

And then Van Dijk arrived at Anfield, transforming a once-porous backline into one of the best in European football to make his eye-watering £75m fee look like a snip.

Not just one of the best centre-halves the sport has ever seen but also a player capable of taking those around him to the next level, which he has done consistently since joining the Reds.

🅰️ @TrentAA
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A brilliant double from big Virg against Brighton in 2019 🙌 #LIVBHA

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 28, 2021

2. Alisson Becker

  • Signed from: Roma for £67m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2018-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

As Liverpool searched for a solution to their long-standing goalkeeping problem after a disastrous Loris Karius showing in the Champions League final, it seemed curious that they might plump for a man who had recently conceded seven times to them across 180 minutes.

But the club's recruitment staff knew Alisson was so much better than he had shown across the two legs of a one-sided European clash with Roma that season.

The Brazilian has since proven them right in emerging as the world's best goalkeeper, his brilliance in shot-stopping, distribution, and command of an entire half marking him out as the perfect example of how to play his position in the modern era.

Oh, and he has even scored a last-minute winner, too.

1. Mohamed Salah

  • Signed from: AS Roma for £34m
  • Years at Liverpool: 2017-present
  • Trophies with Liverpool: Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool decided to hand Salah a second crack at English football after he had turned them down only to flop at Chelsea four years earlier.

Butto say that he has since proven the doubters wrong would be an exercise in testing the limits of understatement.

As well as collecting every major trophy, the Egyptian has scored a ludicrous 170 goals in 275 appearances, and at various timesflirted with the status of 'best player on the planet'.

He is the record goalscorer in a single Premier League season, sits eighth on Liverpool's all-time list, and is likely to have climbed much higher by the time he reaches the end of a recently penned contract that expires in 2025.

Not bad for a Chelsea reject.


Who is Liverpool top transfer target? ›

Liverpool favourites to sign Alexis Mac Allister

According to Matteo Moretto, Liverpool are leading the race to sign Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister in the next transfer window.

Who is Liverpool most valuable player? ›

Liverpool's 5 Current Most Valuable Players
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold, €65 million. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a key figure in Klopp's Liverpool squad since he joined the team in 2016. ...
  • Mo Salah, €70 million. ...
  • Darwin Núñez, €70 million. ...
  • Luis Díaz, €75 million. ...
  • Alisson Becker, €45 million.
Apr 26, 2023

Who has the biggest transfers within Premier League? ›

Most expensive transfers in Premier League
PlayerPurchased byYear
Romelu LukakuChelsea2021
Paul PogbaManchester United2016
Romelu LukakuManchester United2017
Mykhailo MudrykChelsea2023
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Which player Liverpool want to buy now? ›

According to Fichajes, Liverpool are pondering over making a move for Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo in the upcoming transfer window.

Who are the three best players in Liverpool? ›

The 5 Greatest Liverpool FC Players of All-Time
  • Steven Gerrard (1998-2015) Steven Gerrard's status as a Liverpool great goes deeper than the goals and assists he tallied. ...
  • Kenny Dalglish (1977-1990) ...
  • Roger Hunt (1958-1969) ...
  • Billy Liddell (1938-1961) ...
  • Ian Rush (1980-1987; 1988-1996)
Feb 24, 2023

Who is Liverpool best rival? ›

The Liverpool F.C.–Manchester United F.C. rivalry, sometimes referred to as the Northwest Derby, is a high-profile inter-city rivalry between English professional football clubs Liverpool and Manchester United.

What is the best transfer in football history? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo (117 million)

In 2009, Real Madrid landed him from Manchester United for 96 million, an outlay that no club had ever made before.

Who are Liverpool buying in the summer? ›

Spanish outlet AS are reporting that Liverpool are pursuing a move for Celta Vigo star, Gabri Veiga. The 20-year-old has been a breakout star in La Liga this season for his box-to-box profile, while his nine goals from midfield make him the top-scoring central midfielder in Europe's top five leagues this term.

What is the record football player transfer? ›

The 222 million euro transfer of Brazilian player Neymar from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August 2017 is the all-time highest fee for a soccer transfer. According to the source, the transfers of Kylian Mbappé to PSG and Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona come second and third in the list respectively.

Does Liverpool have 69 trophies? ›

Liverpool Football Club are England's most successful football team and also one of Europe's most decorated clubs. We have won 50 major club honours and a total of 66 including the Charity/Community Shield.

Is Liverpool the richest club in the world? ›

Champions Manchester City retain top spot, making 731m euros (£619.1m), ahead of Real Madrid (713.8m euros). Liverpool rise to third from seventh, while Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal also make di top 10, with West Ham, Leicester, Leeds, Everton and Newcastle in the top 20.

Who is the most famous football player in Liverpool? ›

Summary of Liverpool legends
Ian Rush600346
Billy Liddell534228
Steven Gerrard710186
Robbie Fowler369183
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Nov 11, 2022

Who has the biggest away support Premier League? ›

The Premier League's BIGGEST away attendances REVEALED!
  • 1 Manchester United. ...
  • 2 Arsenal 1,140,006 and 60,000.
  • 3 Newcastle United 948,777 and 49,935.
  • 5 Liverpool 840,808 and 44,253.
  • 7 Sunderland 742,813 and 39,095.
  • 8 Tottenham Hotspur 684,501 and 36,026.
  • 9 Aston Villa 643,590 and 33,873.
  • 10 Everton 631,333 and 33,228.
May 22, 2012

Who are Liverpool latest signings? ›

Liverpool Transfers 2022/2023: IN
PlayerFrom / ToDate
Darwin Núñez Darwin Núñez F (CL), AM (L)Benfica Liverpool30-06-2022
Cody Gakpo Cody Gakpo AM, M (L), F (C)PSV Liverpool31-12-2022
Fábio Carvalho Fábio Carvalho AM (CL), M (L)Fulham Liverpool30-06-2022
Calvin Ramsay Calvin Ramsay D, M, AM (R)Aberdeen Liverpool30-06-2022
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What players are Liverpool buying 2023? ›

Liverpool's dream midfield options for 2023/24: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Matheus Nunes, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Harvey Elliott, Stefan Bajcetic, Curtis Jones, James Milner.

Who have Liverpool sold? ›

Players sold by Jürgen Klopp
Marko GrujicPorto20 July 2021
Taiwo AwoniyiUnion Berlin20 July 2021
Harry WilsonFulham24 July 2021
Xherdan ShaqiriOlympique Lyonnais23 August 2021
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Who is the biggest legend of Liverpool? ›

Meet the Legends
  • Phil Neal. Phil Neal is the most decorated player in Liverpool history. ...
  • David Fairclough. English football's prototype 'super sub', renowned for his memorable scoring exploits after stepping off the bench. ...
  • Alan Kennedy. ...
  • John Aldridge. ...
  • Ian Callaghan. ...
  • Jimmy Case. ...
  • Phil Thompson. ...
  • Jan Molby.

Who is Liverpool's best striker? ›

Ian Rush

The man on this list who played the most games (660) and scored the most goals (346), Ian Rush is Liverpool's greatest striker.

Who is No 7 Liverpool player now? ›

James Milner

Who is Liverpool's worst enemy? ›

The cities of Liverpool and Manchester, some 35 miles (56 km) apart in North West England. Since the Industrial Revolution, there has been a consistent rivalry between the two cities based on economic and industrial competition.

Who is FC biggest rival? ›

The 20 biggest football derbies
TeamsDerby nicknamFirst meet
1. Barcelona vs Real MadridEl Clásico1902
2. Celtic F.C. vs Rangers F.C.The Old Firm Derby1888
3. Boca Juniors vs River PlateThe Superclásico1913
4. AC Milan vs Inter MilanDerby della Madonnina (Milan Derby)1909
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Sep 7, 2022

What is the biggest defeat against Liverpool? ›

Record-scoring defeat: 2–9 against Newcastle United in First Division, 1 January 1934. Record Premier League defeat: 1–6 against Stoke City, 24 May 2015, 0–5 against Manchester City, 9 September 2017, 2–7 against Aston Villa, 4 October 2020.

Who is the best RB Liverpool all time? ›

Phil Neal

Couple that with the incredible durability that saw him feature in 365 consecutive league games and you have one of Liverpool's greatest right-backs. Neal scored 59 goals throughout his career, 38 of those were from the spot – including a conversion in the 1977 European Cup final.

Who is better Liverpool or Everton? ›

The longest unbeaten derby run in home matches is held by Liverpool, with Everton failing to win in the league (plus two cup games) for 22 games between 2000 and 2020. The longest unbeaten derby run in away matches is held by Everton, with a 16-match run at Anfield between 1899 and 1920, which included ten victories.

Who is Liverpool's striker? ›

Previous lineup from Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 30th April 2023.
More from Football.
StrikerCody Gakpo
Pld19 (2)
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Who was the first 10 million pound footballer? ›

It was only in 1992 that Jean-Pierre Papin became the first player to move for a fee in excess of £10 million. Just two decades later, we are talking about a figure of 10 times that magnitude.

Who was the first 100000 pound football transfer? ›

In 1979 Trevor Francis became the first British footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest.

Who is better Messi or Ronaldo? ›

Who is better Messi Or Ronaldo? Ronaldo has scored more goals and won two 'Best FIFA Men's Player' awards, but Messi has won more Ballon d'Or awards (7). Messi has spent most of his playing career in Spain, while Ronaldo has played in Portugal, England, Spain, and Italy.

When were Liverpool at their best? ›

They won their first European trophy, the UEFA Cup, during the 1972–73 season. The club won the European Cup during the 1976–77 season and retained the trophy the following year. Liverpool won a unique treble of the League, the European Cup and League Cup during the 1983–84 season.

Who is Liverpool's new signing 2023? ›

Cody Gakpo

The 23 year-old has moved to Anfield on a five-and-a-half year deal for a fee believed to be between £35m and £45m. The Dutchman had been at PSG since he was seven years-old, coming through the academy before making his senior debut in 2018.

Do people in Liverpool still not buy the sun? ›

After a protest in Kirkby in which women burned copies of the newspaper, The Sun (referred to as The S*n or The Scum) was widely boycotted in Merseyside. Sales have been estimated to have dropped from 55,000 per day in the region to 12,000 in 2019.

Who is the most expensive full back transfer? ›

Achraf Hakimi's transfer from Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 makes him the most expensive right-back in football history. The Moroccan international arrived in the French capital for a fee of €68 million after impressing PSG during his time at San Siro under the management of Antonio Conte.

Who is the most expensive left back signings? ›

The transfer entered the history books as the most expensive ever struck for a left-back, surpassing City's signing of Benjamin Mendy.
The most expensive left-backs in football history.
PlayerMarc Cucurella
ClubsBrighton to Chelsea
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Who is the most expensive center back transfer? ›

Harry Maguire remains the most expensive centre-back ever thanks to his €87 million transfer from Leicester City to Manchester United in 2019.

Who is Liverpool buying 2023? ›

Liverpool Transfers 2022/2023: OUT
PlayerFrom / ToPrice
Jarell Quansah Jarell Quansah D (CR)Liverpool Bristol RoversLoan
Rhys Williams Rhys Williams D (C)Liverpool BlackpoolLoan
Max Woltman Max Woltman AM (CL), F (C)Liverpool Doncaster RoversLoan
Jake Cain Jake Cain M (CL), DM (L)Liverpool Swindon Town
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Who will win Premier League 2023 predictions? ›

Arsenal Premier League fixtures schedule 2023

According to ESPN's FiveThirtyEight, Manchester City have a 90 percent probability to win the title despite sitting in second place.

Who will join Liverpool 2023? ›

Liverpool FC » Transfers 2022/2023
01/23Rhys WilliamsBlackpool FC
07/22Fabio CarvalhoFulham FC
07/22Darwin NúñezSL Benfica
07/22Nathaniel PhillipsAFC Bournemouth
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Who is the best player in Liverpool 2023? ›

Who is the best player in Liverpool FC 2022/2023? Currently the best player at Liverpool FC is Virgil van Dijk. His performance index is 93, he scored 3 goals and provided 0 assists. With 9 shots on goal and a conversion rate of 9% he is at the moment 93 in the Premier League.

Who has Liverpool bought so far? ›

Players IN:
  • Darwin Nunez – Benfica – £85m.
  • Fabio Carvalho – Fulham – £7.7m.
  • Calvin Ramsay – Aberdeen – £6.5m. Arthur Juventus – Loan.
  • Cody Gakpo – PSV – £37m.

Who is moving up to Premier League 2023? ›

Burnley have secured an immediate return to the Premier League for the 2023/24 season, earning automatic promotion after a one-year absence.

Who is the favorite to win Premier League? ›

Premier League
1Arsenal FC75
2Manchester City73
3Newcastle United62
4Manchester United60
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Apr 26, 2023

Who is the best striker in the Premier League 2023? ›

The best striker in the Premier League in 2023, taking only goal into account, is on fire Aston Villa ace Ollie Watkins. The former Brentford man has been in fantastic form since the turn of the year but put in one of his best displays of the season against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

Who won the Premier League outright? ›

In the 2020/21 season, the Premier League was won by Manchester City.

Who will Liverpool buy this summer? ›

Liverpool will launch a bid to sign Wolves playmaker Matheus Nunes, according to reports from Spanish outlet Fichajes and Football Insider. The midfielder only moved to Molineux from Sporting Lisbon in August, but his stock has stock has skyrocketed during a fine first campaign with Wolves.

Has Liverpool bought any players? ›

Cody Gakpo

The 23 year-old has moved to Anfield on a five-and-a-half year deal for a fee believed to be between £35m and £45m.

Who is joining Manchester United 2023? ›

United's transfers in and out: January 2023

Burnley striker Wout Weghorst has also arrived on loan during the window, after spending the first part of 2022/23 with Besiktas in Turkey. The 30-year-old Netherlands international adds to Erik ten Hag's attacking options for the remainder of this term.

Who is better Liverpool or Manchester United? ›

Liverpool have won the UEFA Super Cup four times, while United have won it once, as well as the Cup Winners' Cup. The Merseysiders have won the FIFA Club World Cup and the second division title four times.


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