May 12, 2021

FSG’s £871.4million investment in Liverpool detailed – and where the money went

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Fenway Sports Group have been the talk of the town of late, but for all the wrong reasons.

Liverpool’s owners dragged the Reds to the brink of joining a European Super League that everyone – the fans, players, manager Jurgen Klopp, director Kenny Dalglish and surely others in the hierarchy of the club – didn’t want to be in.

John W Henry has since come out and said that the idea was all his as he sought to remove all blame from anyone else associated with the Reds, and there are now calls for him and FSG to leave the club completely.

So just what has Henry done for the Reds?

He’ll point to recent Champions League and Premier League successes as evidence of his success, but fans are more likely to credit Klopp and his players for that.

So what about his transfer record?

Well since taking over in October 2010, the Reds have shelled out around £871.4million for first-team players, although of course they have made plenty of this back – around £585.9million to be precise, giving them a net spend of (roughly) £285.5million, or £25.9million per year.



John W Henry has found himself in the firing line this week
John W Henry has found himself in the firing line this week

But who are those players they signed and how did they do?

We’ve looked at FSG’s entire transfer record and given all their signings a grading out of 10.

2011

Luis Suarez – £22.7million from Ajax – 10/10

Andy Carroll – £35million from Newcastle – 1/10

Jordan Henderson – £16million from Sunderland – 10/10

Charlie Adam – £6.7million from Blackpool – 1/10

Alexander Doni – Free from Roma – 3/10

Stewart Downing – £20million from Aston Villa – 2/10

Jose Enrique – £5million from Newcastle – 6/10

Sebastian Coates – £7million from Nacional – 3/10

Craig Bellamy – Free from Manchester City – 7/10



Fabio Borini was Brendan Rodgers' first signing
Fabio Borini was Brendan Rodgers’ first signing

2012

Fabio Borini – £10million from Roma – 3/10

Joe Allen – £15million from Swansea – 7/10

Oussama Assaidi – £2.4million from Heerenveen – 2/10

Nuri Sahin – Loan from Real Madrid – 2/10

2013

Daniel Sturridge – £12million from Chelsea – 9/10

Philippe Coutinho – £8.5million from Inter Milan – 9/10

Luis Alberto – £6.8million from Sevilla – 2/10

Iago Aspas – £7million – 2/10

Simon Mignolet – £9million from Sunderland – 7/10

Kolo Toure – Free from Manchester City – 6/10

Tiago Ilori – £7million from Sporting Lisbon – 2/10

Mamadou Sakho – £15million from Paris Saint-Germain – 7/10

Aly Cissokho – Loan from Valencia – 3/10

Victor Moses – Loan from Chelsea – 3/10



Mario Balotelli was one of Liverpool's biggest transfer mistakes
Mario Balotelli was one of Liverpool’s biggest transfer mistakes

2014

Rickie Lambert – £4million from Southampton – 3/10

Adam Lallana – £25million from Southampton – 8/10

Emre Can – £10million from Bayer Leverkusen – 7/10

Lazar Markovic – £20million from Benfica – 1/10

Dejan Lovren – £20million from Southampton – 7/10

Divock Origi – £10million from Lille – 8/10

Alberto Moreno – £12million from Sevilla – 4/10

Mario Balotelli – £16million from AC Milan – 1/10

Javier Manquillo – Loan from Atletico Madrid – 3/10



Firmino, Milner and Can were all good signings
Firmino, Milner and Can were all good signings

2015

Joe Gomez – £3.5million from Charlton – 9/10

James Milner – Free from Manchester City – 10/10

Danny Ings – £6.5million from Burnley – 5/10

Adam Bogdan – Free from Bolton – 2/10

Roberto Firmino – £21.3million from Hoffenheim – 10/10

Nathaniel Clyne – £10million from Southampton – 6/10

Christian Benteke – £32.5million from Aston Villa – 2/10

2016

Marko Grujic – £5.1million from Red Star Belgrade – 3/10

Joel Matip – Free from Schalke – 8/10

Sadio Mane – £30million from Southampton – 10/10

Ragnar Klavan – £4.2million from FC Augsburg – 6/10

Alex Manninger – Free from FC Augsburg – N/A

Gini Wijnaldum – £23million from Newcastle – 10/10



Salah has perhaps been Liverpool's best buy under FSG
Salah has perhaps been Liverpool’s best buy under FSG

2017

Mohamed Salah – £36.9million from Roma – 10/10

Dominic Solanke – £3million (tribunal fee) from Chelsea – 2/10

Andy Robertson – £8million from Hull – 10/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £35million from Arsenal – 7/10

2018

Virgil van Dijk – £75million from Southampton – 10/10

Naby Keita – £52.75million from RB Leipzig – 6/10

Fabinho – £39million from Monaco – 10/10

Xherdan Shaqiri – £13.5million from Stoke – 7/10

Alisson – £64million from Roma – 10/10



Brazilians Alisson and Fabinho were perhaps the last parts of Klopp's Liverpool jigsaw
Brazilians Alisson and Fabinho were perhaps the last parts of Klopp’s Liverpool jigsaw

2019

Sepp van den Berg – £1.3million from PEC Zwolle – 2/10

Harvey Elliott – £4million (tribunal fee) from Fulham – 7/10

Adrian – Free from West Ham – 5/10

Andy Lonergan – Free from Middlesbrough – N/A

2020

Takumi Minamino – £7.25million from Red Bull Salzburg – 6/10

Kostas Tsimikas – £11.75million from Olympiakos – 4/10

Thiago – £20million from Bayern Munich – 8/10

Diogo Jota – £41million from Wolves – 10/10

2021

Ozan Kabak – Loan from Schalke – 7/10

Ben Davies – £750,000 from Preston – N/A

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