There’s been much discussion surrounding Liverpool’s summer signings during this past fortnight. Rather than looking at the obvious negatives, we take a look at who has impressed.
We asked the This Is Anfield writers for their opinions on who they think has been Liverpool’s best summer signing, so far.
ALBERTO MORENO – A quality, attacking full-back can make a team a whole lot more dangerous, and ever since John Glenson replaced Glen Johnson, we’ve been bereft of one.
Moreno’s attitude seems to match his exciting potential, so be thankful we finally look to have solved our left-back issues. A star in the making. — Adam Griffies
EMRE CAN – The German powerhouse oozes versatility. After some promises showings in midfield, Can appears to carry a vast amount of potential and could certainly be one of the players that Rodgers can mold into something special. It’s easy to forget the former Bayern man is only 20 years old, and with hard work he could become a permanent fixture in the Liverpool XI for years to come. –Danny Gallagher
JAVIER MANQUILLO – although that says more about the performances put in by his fellow new arrivals than about his own. The young right back has provided much needed competition for Glen Johnson and, although it has not induced Johnson to perform better, it has allowed Rodgers to drop the number 2 when he’s off-form, which was a luxury not available to him previously. Manquillo has shown enough so far to suggest that he deserves a permanent transfer when his two-year loan comes to an end, but hopefully his more illustrious and expensive fellow signings will step up to the plate soon and replace him as the Reds’ best summer signing. — Oliver Smith
MORENO – He’s been outstanding, great in possession and attacking. Although he’s made 1-2 errors he doesn’t dwell on them and defensively he is sound, especially considering what’s going on to the right of him. — Jim Fishlock
CAN – With just 252 minutes of league football handed to him so far, it’s perhaps a bit premature to label him the best summer signing based on his initial performances, and it could be argued that the 20-year-old is not actually one of Rodgers’ own buys. But every time I see him play he shows that ruthless efficiency so typical of a German international – he’ll become a big player for us. –Jamie Casey
MORENO has shown glimpse of what he can do especially away to spurs but must improve defensively. I wouldn’t rule out Markovic yet either, but he has to get to pace with the epl and start working harder. I think Madger Antonio Gomes Aju could turn into a good player too once he gets his clearance but is a couple of years away from the first team. — PJ Vaughan
EMRE CAN – Although none of the signings have yet been deemed ‘successful’, so far Can has shown the most promise. Quick, powerful, and direct, the young German looks tailor-made for Premier league football. He could be a Michael Ballack in waiting! — Simon Collings
It’s got to be CAN, surely? There’s no disputes about this transfer from all aspects. His price represents value for money; he already looks arguably the club’s best midfield talent; he has future growth prospects that surpass anyone in the middle of the park; he has dominance in physicality, and pressing prowess mixed with great technical skills and a vicious shooting boot; his versatility means he already shows promise as a replacement for Gerrard as the deepest lying midfielder, or as a box-to-box player (his ideal position). It’s only a matter of time before we start having difficult debates as a fan base of how a midfield of Can and Coutinho stacks against Can and Henderson. I know which one I’m voting for. — Marco Lopes
I said MORENO in the summer and I’m going to stick to my guns. He’s made the odd error so far into his Liverpool career, but he’s shown enough to convince me that he will blossom into a top quality leftback. — Tom McMahon
CAN – Already looking a great prospect in the few games he’s played in a Red shirt. Got the passion (as his goal celebration against Chelsea proved), determination & physicality we’ve arguably lacked in midfield since Mascherano. — Natalie Cork
EMRE CAN – He has all the attributes to be one of the best German players in the Premier League. He is strong, quick on the ball, and anyone who has the audacity to run at the Chelsea backline at the moment is a player who represent playing with no fear. I believe he can replace Gerrard over the next couple of years, and can do a job filling in at centre-half. An exciting signing and prospect. — Andy Yates
EMRE CAN pips Adam Lallana to the title of Liverpool’s best summer signing for me. Whilst Lallana has provided flourishes of excitement, it’s Can who looks increasingly settling comfortably into a problem area of the team. He looks strong, intelligent and not afraid to get his hands dirty. He could certainly be the type of aggressive box-to-box midfield stalwart Liverpool crave. Furthermore, his ferocious goal against Chelsea, which oozed confidence, shows he can also provide goals, and with that encourage Liverpool to push up as an attacking side once more. — Max Munton
Who do you think has been The Reds’ best summer signing?