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Liverpool FC’s Top 5 January Transfer Window Signings

The January transfer window has seen some terrific players sign for the Reds over the years, and Henry Jackson picks his top 5. Do you agree?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MONDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2006: Liverpool's new signing Robbie Fowler with manager Rafael Benitez at Anfield following his free transfer from Manchester City back to his home town club. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

5. ROBBIE FOWLER- Free transfer (2006- 2007)

‘God’ made a surprise return to the club on a free transfer from Manchester City back in 2006, having been one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players in his first spell at the club between 1993 and 2001.

Although he may not have been quite the force he was in his earlier years, Fowler still scored 12 goals in his 39 appearances, with a number of those coming for the substitutes bench, before his exit in the summer of 2007.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 3, 2013: Liverpool's Daniel Agger in action against Olympiakos CFP during a preseason friendly match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

4. DANIEL AGGER- £5.8m (2006- present)

Signed as a highly rated 21-year-old by Rafa Benitez almost eight years ago, Agger has been a terrific servant to the club.

The Denmark captain, and Reds vice-captain, has made over 200 appearance for Liverpool since arriving from Bromby, and that total would be much higher were it not for injury problems over the years.

The 29-year-old has won the FA Cup and League Cup in his time at Anfield, and reached the Champions League Final in 2007.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 5, 2013: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the second goal against Crystal Palace during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

3. DANIEL STURRIDGE- £12m (2013- present)

The 24-year-old may only have been at Anfield for 11 months, but the impact he has had in that time has been absolutely terrific.

Many felt he was a gamble of a signing when Brendan Rodgers took him to the club in January, but he has gone on to score 22 goals in just 30 appearances for the Reds.

His ‘SAS’ partnership with Luis Suarez has been magnificent, and there’s no reason why the former Chelsea and Manchester City man can’t go on to become one of Liverpool’s most lethal number 9s once he returns from injury.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, April 29, 2010: Liverpool's Javier Mascherano during the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match against Club Atletico de Madrid at Anfield. (Photo by: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

2. JAVIER MASCHERANO- £18.6m (2007-2010)

The Argentinian was signed from West Ham in January 2007 when, despite being regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in the world, he could barely get into the West Ham side.

He became a hugely important member of the side in his three-and-a-half years at the club, as the Reds became one of the most respected sides in Europe. Alongside Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard, he formed part of the most complete midfield anywhere in the 2008/09 season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

1. LUIS SUAREZ- £22.8m (2011- present)

Not only is Suarez Liverpool’s greatest January buy of all time, he’s also one of the greatest signings the club has ever made in general.

Since joining from Ajax almost three years ago, the Uruguayan has been an absolute joy to watch, scoring some sensational goals along the way. At 26, he will only get better too.

This season, Suarez has been simply phenomenal, scoring 17 goals in 11 appearances, taking his tally to 68 in 108 games for the club. In the eyes of many, he is in the top three players in the world at the moment.

If Liverpool manage to keep Suarez at the club there is no reason why he can’t become the best player ever to wear a Reds shirt.

Do you agree with Henry’s selection? Who is the greatest signing of the bunch? Vote below in our poll and leave your comments, and any other January transfers that spring to mind, below. You can follow Henry on twitter: @OnFootballTweet

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  • Sean

    What about coutinho.? :O

  • Dave Stanley

    Philippe Coutinho deserves a shout to

  • Zeus

    Coutinho is missing from that list.

    • Arjan

      I think he needs to prove himself a bit more. Same with Sturridge. They’ve only been at the club for a year.

  • Arjan

    Most of the signings are pretty recent. Hopefully our committee can deliver again and get us another bargain.

  • Sha Ker Huss Ain

    where is coutinho ?

    • http://www.thisisanfield.com This Is Anfield

      Which one of those 5 would you place him ahead of?! He hasn’t contributed anywhere near as much as any of the above – yet.

  • CARR71

    suarez clearly number one ,but fowler was a special moment ,

  • boram2229

    suarez the beast

  • Jay Byrne

    It was amazing to see Fowler when I was older and could appreciate him more when he returned,but top 5 january transfer signing ? NAH.

  • Rederik

    Such great January signings if only we can find another one or two of the caliber mentioned, nice to see Luis topping poll, he,s got to be the most gifted player ever to put on a Liverpool shirt, and that takes some doing.

    • BEAST

      “Suarez has got to be the most gifted player ever to put on a Liverpool shirt.”I’m sure many will agree with you.But for me, that would be John Barnes.

      • Rederik

        yes we all have are favorites Robbie Fowler would be the player for me but Luis must be the most gifted player in the premiership, I remember watching Best at Old Trafford and Luis is the best player I have seen in the premiership since.

      • CARR71

        suarez is as good as barnes ,and if he stays for a few more years he may even topple the king

  • Redblooded Male

    I hope we take Pastore off PSG, & help them fund the signing of Mata in the process.

    • Destiny Kanzaki

      How about we sign Mata ourselves?


    Fowler was at his best under Roy Evans.When he returned his all round game was average.The one thing he never lost though was his finishing ability.
    The composed way that he passed the ball into the back of the net was great to watch.Most of time strikers look for power.RF was a piss taker that took pleasure in beating goalkeepers with a weak shot.He was a natural finisher.
    I think Fowler is on the list more for a nostalgic reason though, rather than what he actually produced on the pitch in his second spell.

  • HenrikLB

    Agger came from Bröndby, not Bromby. Otherwise, I cannot argue with the list.

  • AlphaJJYNWA

    I still think we should sign Luis Muriel as soon as we get a chance, and we should DEFINITELY sign Rakitic. Those two signings alone will ensure CL football next season. :)

  • Neil Collins

    Anelka & Baros were also great January signings, but we could’ve got more from both of them. Obviously Houllier went for Diouf instead of Anelka, whilst Rafa got rid of Baros as soon as he got more resources though. The Czech deserved at least another season though because his work rate & goals were great especially in getting us to Istanbul. I suppose he was a bit hot & cold though, whereas Anelka would’ve banged in loads for us. Carroll was by far the most costly, whilst Jan Kromkamp was definitely the worst!

  • Abyss

    Technically, Fowler didn’t really have that big of an impact when he re-entered the club. There was more of a feel good factor to him coming back than anything else.

  • Abyss

    Gotta say, that is an absolutely phenomenal list. It seems like Liverpool do much better business in the winter as compared to summer. Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho will probably prove to be the best winter signings for Liverpool of all time.

    Also, is it my imagination or is TIA really obsessed with the number 5. :-P

  • lfc rocks

    coutinho should also b on that list.

  • CARR71

    right thats it ,start taking the medication again,or i am sending round the men in the white coats for you

  • Bayer04

    List is a joke without Sami Hyypia!

    • http://www.thisisanfield.com This Is Anfield

      The same Sami Hyypia that was signed in May 1999? Not January.

  • orme

    Good point..