What happened to eight players Liverpool signed with £ 75million in transfer fees from Luis Suarez from Markovic to Balotelli
LUIS SUAREZ broke Liverpool’s hearts when he signed for Barcelona in 2014.
The Uruguayan was coming off an electrifying 2013-14 season, in which he scored 31 goals and notched 17 assists in just 33 appearances.
Losing Suarez has been devastating for boss Brendan Rodgers, but the Northern Irishman was able to splurge on eight new players this transfer window.
Unfortunately, he was barely selling Elvis to sign the Beatles …
In fact, the success rate of these eight signings was mixed at best.
After GMS Digged through the archives, let’s take our own look at what happened to the Reds’ 2014 summer signings.
By the standards of the players Liverpool bought in 2014, picking up Adam Lallana for £ 25million from Southampton has turned out to be a solid business.
The midfielder initially struggled a bit at Anfield, but became an important player in the early Jurgen Klopp years.
He would leave Anfield in 2020 with Champions League and Premier League medals in addition to 178 appearances. Now 33, he currently plays for Brighton & Hove Albion.
If there’s one person who has never lost faith in Dejan Lovren in his six years at Anfield, it’s Dejan Lovren.
The Croatian started the Champions League and World Cup finals during his time with the Reds, but had too much clatter in him to be considered a reliable presence at the back.
After 185 outings for Liverpool, Lovren moved to Zenit last year and at 32 he is now captain of the Russian giants.
After seeing him tear Tottenham to shreds in the Europa League for Benfica, Liverpool felt signing young winger Lazar Markovic for £ 20million was a shrewd deal.
Unfortunately for the Reds, the Serbian simply never started at Anfield and would be loaned out to Fenerbahce, Sporting, Hull City and Anderlecht – leaving for Fulham five years and just 34 appearances later.
After just one appearance for the Cottagers, he was on the move again, now signing for Partizan Belgrade, where he still plays at 27.
After losing Suarez, Liverpool tried to replace some of their goals by bringing Mario Balotelli back to England for £ 16million.
Super Mario, who had just scored 18 goals in one season for AC Milan, would only score ONCE in the Premier League for the Reds.
He was loaned to Milan after a season at Anfield, before embarking on a successful three-year stint at Nice, followed by less successful spells at Marseille, Brescia, Monza and now Adana Demirspor in Turkey.
Reds fans believed they had a formidable player on their hands when Alberto Moreno scored a formidable goal against Spurs in his second appearance for the club.
But unfortunately for the Spaniard, his error-prone manners later saw him fall behind Andrew Robertson and even James Milner in the pecking order at left-back.
He moved to Villarreal in 2019 and picked up silverware with them last season as they beat Manchester United to win the Europa League.
Divock Origi has had a disconcerting career at Liverpool.
So often in withdrawal, the Belgian has even been transferred twice on loan.
But a few months of significance in 2019 saw him score the decisive point in the Champions League final – cementing his status in Reds folklore and earning him the contract extension that keeps him at Anfield to this day.
Midfielder Emre Can has always been flattered to cheat at Liverpool, never showing himself good enough to claim a place in the Premier XI.
He left for Juventus with a free transfer in 2018, but again proved insufficient there.
Can, 27, signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2020, initially on loan, before making a permanent deal.
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After making the World Cup with England, veteran striker Rickie Lambert got even better that summer when he secured the transfer of his dreams to Liverpool.
Unfortunately for the great striker, his best days were behind him – and he only managed three goals in 36 appearances for his home team.
He left Anfield after just a year, playing a season each at West Brom and Cardiff before hanging up his boots at 35 in 2017.
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