Since taking control of Liverpool in October 2010, Fenway Sports Group have certainly divided opinion at Anfield.
They’ve signed 77 players over the last 12 years and have spent £1.254billlion on transfers but fans have criticised them for their perceived lack of investment in the Liverpool squad.
According to reports, FSG are now prepared to sell their controlling stake in the club and we’ve ranked the 77 signings that Liverpool have made during their ownership.
Note: we’ve taken the transfer fees into account and new signings are only judged on what they’ve done so far.
77. Mario Balotelli
After selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a £75m deal in 2014, Liverpool’s owners surprisingly decided to replace him with Balotelli.
“What we wanted and what we needed was a player who could really press at the top end of the field,” Brendan Rodgers later admitted. “It wasn’t just a goalscorer we were after. I felt Mario was someone who wouldn’t work for us.
“But come the end of the summer, we were struggling to get someone who could do the role we wanted. I think the ownership group thought that this could be a player I could develop.
“They were thinking that maybe he is a £50m player that we can get for £16m. So, when the owners are wanting you to go down that route and there is no other options, then of course you give it a go.”
The gamble backfired as the striker scored just one Premier League goal for the Reds and was heavily criticised for his poor attitude. He spent the 2015/16 season on loan at AC Milan before joining Nice on a free transfer.
🗣"What does Balotelli give extra to your squad"
Rodgers: 🗣"Trouble" 🤣
Brendan Rodgers on signing Mario Balotelli for Liverpool back in 2014 🤣 pic.twitter.com/dliLWvdfoY
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 16, 2020
76. Lazar Markovic
75= Ben Davies
75= Kamil Grabara
Alongside Allan, Davies and Alex Manninger, Grabara didn’t make a single first-team appearance during his time at Liverpool.
75= Alex Manninger
71. Oussama Assaidi
70. Luis Alberto
69. Iago Aspas
While Aspas has since enjoyed an impressive career at La Liga side Celta Vigo, his solitary season at Liverpool was a bit of a disaster.
The striker scored just one goal in 15 appearances in 2014/15 and his time at Anfield is best remembered for that corner kick against Chelsea.
It’s 6 whole years since the Gerrard slip, which to be honest overshadowed the worst corner of all-time from Iago Aspas. That was the real talking point. pic.twitter.com/UCT7wk0MR1
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) April 27, 2020
68. Adam Bogdan
67. Tiago Ilori
66. Samed Yesil
65. Arthur Melo
64. Steven Caulker
63. Nuri Sahin
62. Andy Carroll
After Fernando Torres joined Chelsea on transfer deadline day in January 2011, Liverpool panicked and spent a club-record fee of £35m to sign Carroll from Newcastle United.
Admittedly, the striker did endear himself to the supporters by scoring a late winner in an FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton but that strike was one of just 11 goals he managed during his time at Liverpool.
Fortunately for Liverpool, the England international wasn’t the only striker they signed in January 2011…
61. Christian Benteke
60. Fabio Borini
59. Charlie Adam
57. Joao Teixeira
56. Rickie Lambert
55. Loris Karius
It might seem strange that a former Liverpool No.1 is behind the likes of Ozan Kabak, Javier Manquillo and Kevin Stewart on this list.
But those players didn’t lose Liverpool a Champions League final, did they?
Salah’s injury 🤕
Karius’ nightmare 🤦♂️
Bale’s stunner 😱
Three years ago today, Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final 🏆pic.twitter.com/SDbSbsKk0O
— GOAL (@goal) May 26, 2021
54. Sepp van den Berg
53. Ozan Kabak
52. Kevin Stewart
51. Javier Manquillo
50. Aly Cissokho
49. Alberto Moreno
48. Marko Grujic
47. Dominic Solanke
46. Victor Moses
45. Sebastian Coates
Coates struggled to break up the centre-back partnership between Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel and made just 24 appearances for the Reds.
The Uruguay international would probably be lower down this list if it wasn’t for the fact that his one Premier League goal was a stunning scissor kick against QPR.
Sebastián Coates vs QPR
Stadium: Loftus Road
Competition: Premier League
— LFC Goal Archive (@LFCGoalArchive) July 22, 2022
44. Calvin Ramsay
43. Stewart Downing
41. Mamadou Sakho
40. Jose Enrique
39. Takumi Minamino
38. Ragnar Klavan
37. Danny Ings
36. Jordon Ibe
35. Darwin Nunez
The most-expensive signing that FSG have sanctioned, Nunez joined Liverpool in 2022 in a deal that could ultimately be worth £85m.
He’s made a mixed start to life at the Reds, scoring on his debut in their 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield before getting sent off on his first start for the club.
The 23-year-old is yet to justify his price tag and still needs to work omn certain areas of his game but has a respectable record of seven goals in his first 16 appearances in all competitions.
34. Fabio Carvalho
33. Naby Keita
32. Nathaniel Clyne
31. Joe Allen
30. Emre Can
29. Craig Bellamy
28. Xherdan Shaqiri
27. Simon Mignolet
26. Kolo Toure
One of the most likeable figures in football, Toure joined Liverpool on a free transfer in 2013 after being released by Manchester City.
Aside from a comical mistake against West Brom, he proved a competent and popular figure during his three years at Anfield.
If we were ranking this list on chants alone, then the former Ivory Coast international would have been a runaway winner.
𝐋𝐅𝐂 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 – Gerrard & the squad doing the Yaya/Kolo Touré chant 😂💀 pic.twitter.com/qDgykUEibW
— Ruben 🇳🇴 (@lfcrubn) October 27, 2020
25. Kostas Tsimikas
24. Harvey Elliott
23. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
22. Adam Lallana
21. Dejan Lovren
20. Ibrahima Konate
19. Divock Origi
Given that he only scored 41 goals for Liverpool in 171 appearances, Origi’s place on this ranking might seem a little high.
But he netted the decisive goal in their 4-3 aggregate win over Barcelona in the 2019 Champions League semi-finals and then came off the bench to score against Tottenham in the final.
The Belgium international also cemented his cult hero status at Anfield by scoring six goals against Mersyeside rivals Everton.
“He is, and will be for me, forever a Liverpool legend [and] one of the most important players I ever had,” Jurgen Klopp said after Origi joined AC Milan in 2022.
“That sounds completely strange with the amount of games he had, but it is, and was, a pure joy to work together with him.”
18. Luis Diaz
17. Thiago Alcantara
16. Diogo Jota
15. Daniel Sturridge
14. Joel Matip
13. Joe Gomez
12. Georginio Wijnaldum
11. James Milner
10. Philippe Coutinho
9. Luis Suarez
Alongside Carroll, Suarez also joined Liverpool on transfer deadline day in January 2011 but the pair had contrasting fortunes at Anfield.
The Uruguay international helped fill the void left by Torres’ departure and registered 82 goals and 47 assists in 133 appearances for Liverpool.
While Suarez left Anfield with just a League Cup trophy to his name, he almost fired Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2013/14 after producing one of the great individual seasons in the league’s history.
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 4, 2022
7. Jordan Henderson
6. Roberto Firmino
5. Alisson Becker
4. Andy Robertson
3. Sadio Mane
2. Virgil van Dijk
1. Mohamed Salah
There was only ever going to be one winner.
Salah joined Liverpool from Roma in a £35m deal in 2016 and enjoyed a remarkable debut season, scoring 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions.
He’s since helped the Reds win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup and is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.