Transfer Watch: Liverpool
Despite being without a manager, Liverpool have been very busy, with caretaker manager Rodolfo Borrell
finalizing no more than 8 transfers in.
"All transfer decisions were made by the owners," the Spaniard explained. "The players we brought in are just a few of Brendan's transfer targets for this season and we merely finalized things and concluded negotiations.
"The eight that we brought in are a talented group of people and I'm sure the new manager will be very happy to have them on board."
Regarding the departures of players like Pepe Reina
and Stewart Downing
, Borrell said, "We have to thank them for their service here but as of right now, the owners feel that these players aren't right for the club."
Luis Alberto - Sevilla, £6.8 million
Joining Liverpool on the back of a rather successful loan spell at Barcelona B last season, where he made 38 appearances and scored 11 goals, Luis Alberto is ready to craft for himself a future in the Premier League. Having been a rising star in the Sevilla academy, the 20-year-old is going to be one to watch for the Reds.
Iago Aspas - Celta Vigo, £7 million
Luis Alberto will not be the only Spaniard to make the move to Merseyside this summer, with compatriot Iago Aspas also penning a contract with the Anfield club. Aspas was a product of the Celta youth academy and made his senior debut for the club in 2008. He has been an important squad player ever since before signing off his Celta career with 46 goals in 136 appearances. One of the more impressive players in La Liga last season, Aspas will be looking to bring his form to his new club as he will have plenty to challenge for a starting role.
Simon Mignolet - Sunderland, £9 million
For the first time in eight years, the main man between the sticks for Liverpool will not be Pepe Reina. Instead it will be Simon Mignolet taking up the reigns. The young Belgian goalie has impressed many since his Premier League debut with Sunderland in 2010. He made 90 appearances over 3 years with the Black Cats, before answering the call to replace Reina at Anfield this season. Still only 25, Mignolet has a bright future ahead of him, and we will soon see if he has the quality needed to be the number one for one of Europe's biggest clubs.
Kolo Toure - Manchester City, Free
Coming in to Liverpool on a free transfer, former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure will add a wealth of experience to the Reds. The 32-year-old has made more than 300 appearances in the Premier League and also has more than 100 caps for the Ivory Coast. At Anfield, Toure will most likely be needed for rotation purposes, and also as a first-team challenger to keep Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel on their toes.
Aly Cissokho - Valencia, Loan
With the Reds needing cover for Jose Enrique at left-back, a loan is what they have opted for. The player himself is Valencia's Aly Cissokho. Although having just joined Valencia from Lyon last year, he has now been shipped out on loan and will be looking to prove his worth in the Premier League with Liverpool.
Tiago Ilori - Sporting, £7 million
20-year-old Tiago Ilori was brought in for a whooping £7 million and it remains to be seen if he can fulfill his price tag. £7 million is quite the sum for such a young player - but if his performances at Sporting's youth team have anything to say about the issue, it is that he will soon grow to be worth more than £7 million. The Portugal Under-21 international plays at center-back and is hopefully going to play an important part in Liverpool's future.
Mamadou Sakho - Paris Saint-Germain, £15 million
The former Paris Saint-Germain captain fell from grace and suffered from lost form in his native Paris, but is ready to regain it with his new club. Sakho, 23, injects even more young blood into the Liverpool squad and will be looking to get his professional career back on track. The defender will be challenging Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel this season to be Daniel Agger's partner in the center of the defense.
Victor Moses - Chelsea, Loan
Victor Moses completes the recruitment list, with the Nigerian winger arriving on a one-season loan from parent club Chelsea. His amazing performances for Wigan led to his breakthrough as he was picked up by Chelsea for £9 million. Unfortunately, he has been unable to achieve his potential with the heavy competition at Stamford Bridge, and this loan spell to Liverpool will probably do wonders for Moses.
Andy Carroll - West Ham, £15.5 million
Liverpool will not be proud of this sale, as they make a £20 million loss on the man they paid £35 million for in January 2011. Carroll was expected to hit the ground running after moving to Anfield from Newcastle, but it was the other way around instead. Although showing occasional flashes of brilliance, Carroll's time at Liverpool was otherwise a disaster. The target man will now be left in the hands of West Ham.
Jonjo Shelvey - Swansea City, £5 million
Jonjo Shelvey was widely hailed as Liverpool's next big thing. But with the Reds midfield getting increasingly packed, he has been allowed to leave after a disappointing season. The 21-year-old will now link up with Swansea City and Michael Laudrup after making 47 appearances over 3 years for Liverpool.
Pepe Reina - Napoli, Loan
For ages, Pepe Reina has been the first-choice goalkeeper at Liverpool, and it would have seemed to be that way again this year on the back of a decent season. The club's decision to sign Simon Mignolet unfortunately forced him out and he will reunite with former manager Rafa Benitez on a season-long loan at Napoli. It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for Reina after the season, and if Napoli & Liverpool can come to an agreement to make his stay at Naples permanent.
Jay Spearing - Bolton, £1.5 million
Originally thought of as one of Liverpool's best young talents, Jay Spearing has suffered a severe drop down the pecking order among the club's midfielders. After a successful season on loan at Bolton when he was also named the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association Player of the Season, Liverpool have now allowed him to join Bolton permanently, and he will now look to help propel the Championship club back to the top.
Stewart Downing - West Ham, £6 million
A sale that is another massive loss on Liverpool's part, comparing the £6 million West Ham paid to the £20 million shelled out for him to make the move to Anfield in the summer of 2011. Downing played incredibly well for Aston Villa but could not replicate that form with Liverpool, and he failed to score a single league goal nor grab an assist in his first season, despite making 36 appearances. An improvement of 3 goals in 29 appearances last season proved he might still have a chance of cutting it as a Liverpool player, but the club would not have it and he has been sent to West Ham before Liverpool make any further losses.
Oussama Assaidi - Stoke City, Loan
Described as a player that would excite the fans by Brendan Rodgers when he was signed last summer, Oussama Assaidi has failed to do much. Understandably so, as he was given the privilege of making only 4 appearances in the Premier League in an entire season. Probably one of the most meaningless buys of last season, he has now been sent out on loan to Stoke.
Fabio Borini - Sunderland, Loan
Fabio Borini, the first signing of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager. The Italian forward was supposed to be a hit but injury problems resulted in him only scoring a single goal in 13 appearances. With the competition at Liverpool ever increasing, Borini has been sent to Sunderland to get more game time, as well as match fitness.