Liverpool most expensive signings: How Reds splashed over £700m on 15 incoming transfers

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From Mohamed Salah to Darwin Nunez, Andy Carroll to Virgil van Dijk, the Reds have spent some big money down the years

Though smartness in the transfer market is what has defined Liverpool’s rise to prominence under Jurgen Klopp, one of the undeniable facts of modern football is that you rarely get anywhere without spending money.

The Reds, generally, have spent theirs well in recent years, bringing in a host of players who have gone to become global stars at Anfield.

Their list of hits has grown each year, helping erase the memory of some high-profile, and big-money, flops under previous managers.

Here, GOAL takes a look at the top 15 most expensive signings in Liverpool history…

Liverpool top 15 most expensive transfers of all time

  1. Sadio Mane | £34m | Southampton | 2016
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    #15 Sadio Mane | £34m | Southampton | 2016

    Another signing which helped transform the club under Klopp. Mane was actually only signed once a move for Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze fell through, but what a player the Senegal star proved to be for Liverpool.

    He left for Bayern in 2022 having scored 120 goals in 269 appearances, winning every club trophy possible in that time and leaving countless memories. 

  2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | £35m | Arsenal | 2017
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    #14 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | £35m | Arsenal | 2017

    Had it not been for the serious knee injury he suffered late in his first season at Anfield, then Oxlade-Chamberlain may well have been spoken about as another of Klopp’s great signings.

    The England international was flying at the time, but he has never truly got back to the same level since, having to content himself with a squad role as Klopp’s side achieved domestic and European glory.

    He’s still had some big moments, and has always been popular with fans, team-mates and coaches alike, but there will always be that feeling of ‘what might have been?’ with the former Arsenal man.

  3. Andy Carroll | £35m | Newcastle | 2011
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    #13 Andy Carroll | £35m | Newcastle | 2011

    One of the most dramatic signings in Liverpool’s history, the big striker arrived at the club via helicopter on the last day of the January transfer window in 2011, signed along with Luis Suarez after Fernando Torres’ £50m ($59m) move to Chelsea.

    Carroll tried hard at Anfield, and while he left some abiding memories - a winner against Everton at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, for example - he never truly found his feet on Merseyside. He would later admit that he never really wanted to leave Newcastle, and in the end he would be loaned, and then sold, to West Ham, with Liverpool settling for a hefty loss on their investment.

  4. Alexis Mac Allister | £35m | Brighton | 2023
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    #12 Alexis Mac Allister | £35m | Brighton | 2023

    The signing of Mac Allister came as a very timely boost after the Jude Bellingham blow.

    The primary reason for the Reds' surprising struggles in 2022-23 had long been obvious: an ageing midfield. Jurgen Klopp's team were in dire need of rejuvenation and, in Mac Allister, Liverpool acquired a midfielder who is industrious, innovative and versatile - and for 'just' £35m.

    We really could be talking about the steal of the summer here. After all, Mac Allister's World Cup-winning team-mate Enzo Fernandez cost three times as much!

  5. Ibrahima Konate | £36m | RB Leipzig | 2021

    #11 Ibrahima Konate | £36m | RB Leipzig | 2021

    Signed on the back of a harrowing season in which Liverpool lost all of their senior centre-backs to injury, the towering centre-back enjoyed a fine debut season on Merseyside, winning both the League Cup and FA Cup, and starring in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

    Should go on to have an excellent career with the Reds, and in the summer of 2022 made his senior debut for France.

  6. Fabinho | £40m | Monaco | 2018

    #10 Fabinho | £40m | Monaco | 2018

    Arrived immediately after Liverpool lost the Champions League final in 2018, and having took a few months to find his feet on Merseyside, quickly established himself as one of the top defensive midfielders in Europe.

    Nicknamed ‘Dyson’ by Klopp, on account of the way he cleans up in the middle of the park, the Brazilian was one of the Reds’ key players as they won the Champions League, Premier League, Super Cup and Club World Cup in the space of 18 months, and remains integral now with his calmness, positioning, passing and physicality.

  7. Mohamed Salah | £43m | Roma | 2017

    #9 Mohamed Salah | £43m | Roma | 2017

    What can you say about the Egyptian King that hasn’t already been said? Derided in some quarters as a ‘Chelsea cast-off’ when joining from Roma in 2017, Salah has quite simply set the world alight since.

    Scored 44 goals in his debut season at Anfield, and plundered more than 150 in his first five years. He has won every honour there is, picked up three Premier League Golden Boots and twice been named PFA Player of the Year. 

    By the time he leaves the club, he will likely be among the top five goalscorers in Liverpool’s history. He is already one of the Reds’ greatest ever players, without any shadow of a doubt.

  8. Cody Gakpo | £44m | PSV | 2023

    #8 Cody Gakpo | £44m | PSV | 2023

    Liverpool moved quickly to beat Manchester United to the signing of Gakpo, after the Dutch forward had starred at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    Gakpo arrives at Anfield with a reputation as one of the brightest up-and-coming attackers in Europe, after emerging as a prolific goalscorer and creator with PSV in the Eredivisie.

    He will be expected to do what the likes of Firmino, Salah, Mane, Diaz and Jota have done, and make big steps under Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside.

  9. Diogo Jota | £45m | Wolves |2020
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    #7 Diogo Jota | £45m | Wolves |2020

    Another surprise signing who went up a level as soon as he arrived at Anfield. Jota was not an obvious candidate to break up the Mane-Salah-Firmino forward line, but has performed superbly since joining from Wolves.

    Scored 13 goals in his first season, and 21 in his second, many of them vital and in big games. A penalty-box predator and a “pressing monster” - assistant manager Pep Lijnders’ words - the Portuguese international has been a fine purchase.

  10. Luis Diaz | £50m | Porto | 2022

    #6 Luis Diaz | £50m | Porto | 2022

    Signed on the last day of the January transfer window this year, the Colombian took Anfield by storm following his arrival.

    Quick, direct and relentlessly positive in his approach, Diaz immediately established himself as a regular, starting the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League finals, and impressing everyone with his high-level performances.

    A gem, who should get better and better under Klopp.

  11. Naby Keita | £52m | RB Leipzig | 2018

    #5 Naby Keita | £52m | RB Leipzig | 2018

    Another plucked from Leipzig, Liverpool waited a year to land the Guinea international, having initially agreed his signing in the summer of 2017.

    Keita came with a huge reputation from the Bundesliga, but though he has had moments of real class on Merseyside, Liverpool are yet to sign the kind of game-changing consistency he showed in Germany. Injuries, in particular, have held back his progress.

    Klopp’s faith in him, however, remains, and he will give him every chance to prove himself a bona fide hit at Anfield.

  12. Dominik Szoboszlai | £60m | RB Leipzig | 2023

    #4 Dominik Szoboszlai | £60m | RB Leipzig | 2023

    Liverpool were desperate to add some fresh blood to their midfield after an underwhelming 2022-23 campaign and quickly turned their attention towards Szoboszlai after already securing the services of Alexis Mac Allister early on in the transfer window.

    Szoboszlai was available for £60m until the end of June due to a release clause in his RB Leipzig contract and Liverpool eventually made their move very late in the month, only completing the deal on the 30th.

    The Hungary international not just adds some much-needed creativity to Liverpool's midfield, but also offers another option to Jurgen Klopp out wide, with his versatility proving a major asset at Leipzig previously.

  13. Alisson Becker | £65m | Roma | 2018
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    #3 Alisson Becker | £65m | Roma | 2018

    Another transformative Klopp signing, the Brazilian arrived following Loris Karius’ nightmare in the 2018 Champions League final, and provided the foundation for Liverpool’s success thereafter.

    Calm, positionally superb and brilliant in one-on-one situations, Alisson as become one of the best goalkeepers, if not the best, at Anfield.

    He scores the odd goal, too.

  14. Virgil van Dijk | £75m | Southampton | 2018
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    #2 Virgil van Dijk | £75m | Southampton | 2018

    Became Liverpool’s record signing when joining, after a protracted and at-times acrimonious, pursuit in January 2018, and has justified every penny the Reds spent on him.

    Transformed Klopp’s defence overnight, scored on his debut against Everton and was the PFA Player of the Year in his first full season. A towering presence, a dressing-room leader and perhaps the finest centre-back ever to pull on the red shirt.

  15. Darwin Nunez | £85m | Benfica | 2022

    #1 Darwin Nunez | £85m | Benfica | 2022

    The Uruguayan will become the most expensive player in Liverpool history, should he fulfil his rich potential at Anfield.

    The Reds paid an initial £64m ($76m) to land Nunez from Benfica in June 2022, but the fee will rise to a club-record £85m ($101m) if all performance-related add-ons are met. Even if he performs modestly, Liverpool should end up paying £75m ($89m).

    Arrived with a big reputation after a free-scoring season in Portugal, and is seen as the man who can lead the Reds’ attack in the coming years.