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10 failed Liverpool signings we were convinced would be brilliant

Read Sport logo Read Sport 25/03/2020 Henry Jackson
Harry Kewell in a red shirt: Harry Kewell of Liverpool takes the ball in his stride © Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Sport Harry Kewell of Liverpool takes the ball in his stride

Liverpool have had varying degrees of success in the transfer market down the years.

Under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds’ business has been largely superb, even though there has been the odd flop, such as Loris Karius.

That hasn’t always been the case though. The Reds hve made some big moves in the Premier League era, moves that ultimately didn’t work oit.

Here are 10 failed Liverpool signings we were sure would excel, but ended up disappointing.

Harry Kewell

Hong Kong, CHINA: British premiership football club Liverpool's Harry Kewell falls on a tackle by Portsmouth's Sulley Muntari during the Barclays Asia Trophy Final in Hong Kong, 27 July 2007.  The two team were 0-0 in the first half.   AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE (Photo credit should read MIKE CLARKE/AFP via Getty Images) © 2007 AFP Hong Kong, CHINA: British premiership football club Liverpool's Harry Kewell falls on a tackle by Portsmouth's Sulley Muntari during the Barclays Asia Trophy Final in Hong Kong, 27 July 2007. The two team were 0-0 in the first half. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE (Photo credit should read MIKE CLARKE/AFP via Getty Images)

Harry Kewell arrived in the summer of 2003, having starred in a young Leeds United side.

To many, he was the final piece of the jigsaw on the left wing, but fitness and form let him down.

He wasn’t terrible, but he was undoubtedly disappointing.

Robbie Keane

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22:  Robbie Keane of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 22, 2008 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) © 2008 Getty Images MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 22: Robbie Keane of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on October 22, 2008 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Robbie Keane was another who looked tailor-made to shine at Liverpool, potentially forging a great strike partnership with Fernando Torres.

His short stay at Anfield in 2008/09 was a disaster, however, and he scored just seven goals in 28 appearances.

Alberto Aquilani

Liverpool's Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani (L) is chased by Arsenal's French midfielder Samir Nasri during their English Premiership football match at Anfield, Liverpool, north-west, England, on December 13, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ PAUL ELLIS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images) © 2009 AFP Liverpool's Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani (L) is chased by Arsenal's French midfielder Samir Nasri during their English Premiership football match at Anfield, Liverpool, north-west, England, on December 13, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ PAUL ELLIS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Signed as Xabi Alonso’s replacement, much was expected of Alberto Aquilani in 2009. He was an injury-prone figure, though, and he never came close to making the grade in a Reds shirt.

Alberto Moreno

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during the Emirates FA Cup, third round match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Archive/PA Images Liverpool's Alberto Moreno during the Emirates FA Cup, third round match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Alberto Moreno looked an exciting signing when he arrived in 2014, bringing pace and quality from left-back.

It soon became clear that he was a loose cannon, however, with mistakes and erratic defensive performances galore.

Andy Carroll

Liverpool's English footballer Andy Carroll (C) vies for the ball against Cardiff in the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London, on February 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS
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Perhaps the £35 million price tag made us giddy, but many thought Andy Carroll was a good signing at the time.

11 goals in 58 appearances were all he could muster, never looking close to being good enough for Liverpool.

El Hadji Diouf

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM:  Liverpool's El-hadji Diouf (L) and Charlton's Chris Powell chase the ball during todays Premiership football match at Anfield, Liverpool, 12 April 2004. AFP photo/Paul Barker     (Photo credit should read PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images) © 2004 AFP LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM: Liverpool's El-hadji Diouf (L) and Charlton's Chris Powell chase the ball during todays Premiership football match at Anfield, Liverpool, 12 April 2004. AFP photo/Paul Barker (Photo credit should read PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images)

El Hadji Diouf signed before the 2002 World Cup, and having starred in the competition, Liverpool looked to have a superstar on their hands.

Instead, he was a complete flop – a hugely unpopular one, too – and Gerard Houllier was left wondering why he didn’t just keep hold of Nicolas Anelka.

Bruno Cheyrou

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM:  Liverpool's Bruno Cheyrou leaps over Portsmouth's Amdy Faye during today's FA cup 5th round clash at Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom 15 February 2004. AFP photo by Paul Barker     (Photo credit should read PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images) © 2004 AFP LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM: Liverpool's Bruno Cheyrou leaps over Portsmouth's Amdy Faye during today's FA cup 5th round clash at Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom 15 February 2004. AFP photo by Paul Barker (Photo credit should read PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Likened to Zinedine Zidane, that in itself was enough to create excitement about Bruno Cheyrou signing for Liverpool.

He didn’t even come remotely close to matching the French legend, however, barely meriting a squad place at times.

Djibril Cisse

Liverpool's Djibril Cisse celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Legends match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Liverpool's Djibril Cisse celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Legends match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Djibril Cisse arrived at Liverpool in 2004 being touted as the new Thierry Henry, but things didn’t pan out that way.

The Frenchman broke his leg early in his Reds career which didn’t help – he did at least score his penalty in the 2005 Champions League final – but there is no denying that he was a bit disapointing overall.

Christian Benteke

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Christian Benteke of Liverpool in action during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool and Rubin Kazan on October 22, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images) © 2015 Mark Leech Sports Photography LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Christian Benteke of Liverpool in action during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool and Rubin Kazan on October 22, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images)

Christian Benteke may not have been a resoundingly popular signing, but he was seen as a goal machine who could bring something different to the team.

The Belgian was awful, however – 10 goals in 42 appearances doesn’t do justice to how bad he was.

Stewart Downing

Liverpool's English midfielder Stewart Downing (L) challenges Queens Park Rangers' Senegalese defender Armand Traore during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on May 19, 2013. Liverpool won the match 1-0.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) © 2013 AFP Liverpool's English midfielder Stewart Downing (L) challenges Queens Park Rangers' Senegalese defender Armand Traore during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on May 19, 2013. Liverpool won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Like Benteke, Stewart Downing wasn’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, but he was a talented winger who looked to enjoy his peak years at Anfield.

Like so many players during the pre-Klopp era, however, the Englishman was out of his depth, scoring three Premier League goals in two seasons.

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