1) Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli is undoubtedly the worst signing of Brendan Rodgers career. £16 million for a forward with international and European experience, as well as a history in the Premier League sounded good. But many, including us, predicted that the signing would not work out. It didn’t. Balotelli was awful and scored just one league goal in 16 appearances. Now he’s on loan in Italy and looks unlikely to play for Liverpool again. Last season his problems were compounded by a lack of alternatives as Rodgers also squandered money on Rickie Lambert (now sold) and had Daniel Sturridge out with injury.
2) Adam Lallana
Not a total flop but if we consider he cost £25 million and had no real European experience it was a poor signing. Lallana has no obvious role in the side. This isn’t his fault but the fault of Rodgers who signed a plethora of floating number 10s. With Philippe Coutinho in the side there isn’t a clear position for Lallana in the side. As such he’s been positioned as a hard working winger, or generally as someone wide who has to stick to his role. For £25 million he has made very little impact.
3) Dejan Lovren
Lovren was another expensive signing from Southampton. £20 million for a player who cost just £8 million the season prior appears to be bad business. Lovren has also not exactly shown himself to be a world class player. He was meant to tighten up Liverpool’s porous defence, which cost them the title two years ago. Lovren didn’t do that and they remained open at the back, as they still are. Lovren and Liverpool are conceding a lot of goals, including six in two games versus West Ham and Man United.
4) Lazar Markovic
Another big money signing Markovic cost £25 million. He made no impact last season and whilst he has quality he was badly misused by Rodgers, who deployed him at times as a wingback. Clearly not his role. This season he’s been loaned out to Fernebache, as Rodgers doesn’t see him as being able to improve his squad right now, despite the huge sum of money spent on him. He may come good eventually but the fact they’ve had no use for him for two years is not good form.