With Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp working hard to strengthen his Reds squad for another attack on the 2021/22 Premier League title, fans are hoping that the German favorite can pull another rabbit out of the summer transfer window.

With the clock ticking until the end of the summer window, transfer activity is sure to spike as the Reds try to bridge the gap to the 2020/21 EPL champions Manchester City. Fans will thwart everything so the Reds’ recruiting department can unearth other gems like Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk. Likewise, they will pray to avoid the more expensive transfer flops that Anfield believers had to endure too often in the Premier League era.

With that in mind, we look back on five of the most expensive transfer mistakes Liverpool has made in recent years.

Alberto Aquilani

Alberto Aquilani was a costly transfer mistake that hit the Reds with £ 20million. The disappointing departure of Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid left a gaping void in Liverpool midfield. Boss Rafa Benitez believed that the Italian midfielder Aquilani from AS Roma be the long-term answer. It wasn’t him. Benitez had coveted Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry for a while, but for one reason or another the move never materialized.

Aquilani was injured during his four-year stay on Anfield Road. He played just 18 EPL games in four seasons before being thrown to Serie A team Fiorentina.

Mario Balotelli

There was great excitement when Italian striker Mario Balotelli was captured by AC Milan for a £ 20m deal. The enigmatic striker has been recruited to replace Uruguayan sensation Luis Suarez of the Reds who secured his dream move to Barcelona.

Unfortunately for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool supporters, Balotelli was a shadow of Suarez. His off-field antics became the stuff of legendwhich makes him one of the most eccentric stars in modern sport. Balotelli, who was 24 at the time of his move to Liverpool, scored just four goals in 28 appearances. Rodgers immediately loaned Balotelli back to AC Milan for the 2015/16 season, with Reds skipper Steven Gerrard Balotelli’s work ethic being very critical and insisting that he “didn’t work hard enough every day”. Ouch. Balotelli never fully realized the potential that he showed particularly at Manchester City in the historic 6-1 victory of City over fierce rivals United.

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke was an inviolable powerhouse center-forward while at Aston Villa. Benteke scored 49 goals in 101 games for the West Midlands. Liverpool successfully lured Benteke to Anfield with a £ 32.5 million deal. There was a feeling that Benteke could spearhead Liverpool’s EPL resurgence after finishing a disappointing sixth place last season.

Unfortunately for Liverpool and Benteke, he failed to live up to expectations as he became the club’s second most expensive transfer. In 42 games he scored only 10 goals. The Reds were happy to suffer a £ 5 million loss to Benteke just 12 months later when they sold him to Crystal Palace.

Andy Carroll

The last day of the transfer window in January 2011 was one of the most high-profile in the recent past. Andy Carroll began making a name for himself at his youth club, Newcastle United, at the age of just 22, scoring 31 goals in 80 games. The Gateshead-born Zielmann has been compared to Alan Shearer, which unsurprisingly led to thugs with deeper pockets than the Magpies seeking his services.

Liverpool arrived on Dec.NS January 2011 to enlist Newcastle’s Carroll on a £ 35m deal. Unfortunately for Carroll, he played like a rabbit in the headlights. Not only was his game unsuitable to replace the late Fernando Torres, Carroll later admitted to himself it wasn’t mentally ready to leave Newcastle and play for a club with higher expectations. Carroll cost nearly £ 6m per goal in his Anfield career. Nice.

Lazar Markovic

The Serbian winger Lazar Markovic was in great demand in the 2013-14 season. Following his departure from Partizan Belgrade to Portuguese giant Benfica, Markovic played a key role in Benfica’s national triple victory. It earned him a move to Liverpool for £ 20m in the summer of 2014. Markovic would only play 19 games in a five-year period, with the club choosing to loan him a number of season changes to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht.

He was eventually released on a free transfer and taken over by Fulham, where he would only play one game. Unsurprisingly, Markovic sought solace in his homeland at Partizan, where he has stayed since September 2019.