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      Biggest name signed by LFC
      Jan 08, 2019 03:37:07 pm
      Who is the biggest name the club has ever signed?

      To me we have traditionally made world famous players rather then bought them. Take Kenny. Known and respected at Celtic and Scotland with us he was held in the world class bracket. Suarez like wise. Dare I say VVD can be classed as being known and respected but within a year of being here now regarded by many as the worlds best.

      So who have we signed who was already regarded as world class?
      « Last Edit: Jan 08, 2019 03:47:10 pm by Brian78 »
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      Re: Biggest name signed by LFC
      Reply #1: Jan 08, 2019 03:41:56 pm
      Here's to the next one
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      Reply #2: Jan 08, 2019 03:48:34 pm
      would be one of the spanish lads,first name, middle name, moms name, dads name...Sorry i'll get me coat.
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      Reply #3: Jan 08, 2019 03:50:45 pm
      would be one of the spanish lads,first name, middle name, moms name, dads name...Sorry i'll get me coat.

      I see what you done there
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      Reply #4: Jan 08, 2019 03:51:23 pm
      Who is the biggest name the club has ever signed?

      To me we have traditionally made world famous players rather then bought thdm. Take Kenny. Known and respected at Celgic and Scotland with us he was held in the world class bracket. Suarez like wise. Dare I say VVD can be classed as being known and respected but within a year of being here now regarded by many as the worlds best.

      So who have we signed who was already regarded as world class?

      Hmmm great question B78.

      I love the idea that however good they are......this club makes ‘em better.

      Three I’d throw in for discussion would be -

      Jari Litmanen
      Alisson Becker
      Fernando Torres

      Jari was defo established through a long career.

      Alisson was the most sought after keeper in the world.

      Nando is an interesting one because he had been mooted as the big prospect for what seemed like ages when we got him......though I still think he exceeded expectations for 2 seasons.

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      Reply #5: Jan 08, 2019 03:59:20 pm
      Hmmm great question B78.

      I love the idea that however good they are......this club makes ‘em better.

      Three I’d throw in for discussion would be -

      Jari Litmanen
      Alisson Becker
      Fernando Torres

      Jari was defo established through a long career.

      Alisson was the most sought after keeper in the world.

      Nando is an interesting one because he had been mooted as the big prospect for what seemed like ages when we got him......though I still think he exceeded expectations for 2 seasons.



      Jari was class but so underused by us Im not sure I could claim him the biggest signing made. Torres might be the one alright.

      Barnes worth a shout? Or was he another we made into world class
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      Reply #6: Jan 08, 2019 03:59:45 pm
      Ian Rush on his return from Juventus?
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      Reply #7: Jan 08, 2019 04:03:35 pm
      Ian Rush on his return from Juventus?

      No we made him before we sold him then bought him back and made him again
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      Reply #8: Jan 08, 2019 04:08:11 pm
      Jari was class but so underused by us Im not sure I could claim him the biggest signing made. Torres might be the one alright.

      Barnes worth a shout? Or was he another we made into world class

      Ah - I conflated the OP in my head into “already world class” in my answer.

      Digger is a good shout - couple years after his worldy in the Maracana if I remember correctly.

      Think he was seen as gifted but inconsistent before he came to us - though truthfully given the time there could have been a touch of casual racism in that........

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      Reply #9: Jan 08, 2019 04:08:25 pm
      Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáenz de la Torre

      That is a pretty big name, 35 characters.
      I increased the font size to make it even bigger.
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      Reply #10: Jan 08, 2019 04:15:25 pm
      Could make an argument for Xabi Alonso. Captained Sociedad aged 20, guided his team to the Champions League for the first time ever. Real Madrid were after him too I believe.
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      Reply #11: Jan 08, 2019 04:22:41 pm
      Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáenz de la Torre

      That is a pretty big name, 35 characters.
      I increased the font size to make it even bigger.

      Or suso to you and me
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      Reply #12: Jan 08, 2019 04:27:24 pm

      We’re missing the obvious one........

      6ft 7in of Crouchie
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      Reply #13: Jan 08, 2019 04:33:48 pm
      The honest answer should be Jürgen Klopp !!

      But in terms of players, I would say Virgil, Alisson and Suarez. I was actually in disbelief given the season we had and were having, that the groundwork for Suarez was laid and almost done, with you-know-who still our manager!

      Virgil quite simply bcos City, Scum and Chelsea wanted to sign him, and there were rumors that Barca considered him before they opted to wait until the summer to activate Lenglet's release clause.

      And that was possible, only cos of Jürgen!
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      Reply #14: Jan 08, 2019 04:56:03 pm
      We’re missing the obvious one........

      6ft 7in of Crouchie

      Of course,  recommend his podcast btw. Absolute top bloke
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      Reply #15: Jan 08, 2019 05:02:05 pm
      Of course,  recommend his podcast btw. Absolute top bloke

      Yeh it’s pretty good - he is funny and very, very self aware.
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      Reply #16: Jan 08, 2019 05:09:38 pm
      The honest answer should be Jürgen Klopp !!

      But in terms of players, I would say Virgil, Alisson and Suarez. I was actually in disbelief given the season we had and were having, that the groundwork for Suarez was laid and almost done, with you-know-who still our manager!

      Virgil quite simply bcos City, Scum and Chelsea wanted to sign him, and there were rumors that Barca considered him before they opted to wait until the summer to activate Lenglet's release clause.

      And that was possible, only cos of Jürgen!

      I'd go along with that.
      Benitez and Klopp were the last two big signings the club made in recent history.
      Statements of intent that then were followed by "Marquee" signings.
      Under Benitez, Torres was probably the standout as himself and Villa were the stars of Spain at the time.
      Under Klopp, van Dijk and Alisson are the ones that stand out for me as big players that other teams wanted but who came here.
      I'm picking van Dijk and Alisson because they are the top tier players that came straight in to the team and transformed it.
      Salah we didn't know how good he was going to be and we've yet to see how good Fabinho or Keita will ultimately be,
      but those two of recent times are markers.
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      Reply #17: Jan 08, 2019 05:11:44 pm
      Hey Carroll was head hunted by a lot of teams and we payed sacks for him.   Torres for me with his 6 year contract!
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      Reply #18: Jan 08, 2019 05:18:23 pm
      The honest answer should be Jürgen Klopp !!

      But in terms of players, I would say Virgil, Alisson and Suarez. I was actually in disbelief given the season we had and were having, that the groundwork for Suarez was laid and almost done, with you-know-who still our manager!

      Virgil quite simply bcos City, Scum and Chelsea wanted to sign him, and there were rumors that Barca considered him before they opted to wait until the summer to activate Lenglet's release clause.

      And that was possible, only cos of Jürgen!

      I'd go along with that.
      Benitez and Klopp were the last two big signings the club made in recent history.
      Statements of intent that then were followed by "Marquee" signings.
      Under Benitez, Torres was probably the standout as himself and Villa were the stars of Spain at the time.
      Under Klopp, van Dijk and Alisson are the ones that stand out for me as big players that other teams wanted but who came here.
      I'm picking van Dijk and Alisson because they are the top tier players that came straight in to the team and transformed it.
      Salah we didn't know how good he was going to be and we've yet to see how good Fabinho or Keita will ultimately be,
      but those two of recent times are markers.

      Yeh I’ll go with the gaffer and the Rafa gaffer......
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      Reply #19: Jan 08, 2019 05:21:15 pm
      Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáenz de la Torre

      That is a pretty big name, 35 characters.
      I increased the font size to make it even bigger.

      Suso not that big a name to be honest. ;)
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      Reply #20: Jan 08, 2019 05:21:53 pm
      Apart from Rafa & Klopp.... I think Maschernao was WC before he ended up on the bench at West Ham leaving Pardew puzzled as what to do with him..
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      Reply #21: Jan 08, 2019 05:25:17 pm
      Hate to say it but it may well be Mario Ballotelli
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      Reply #22: Jan 08, 2019 05:35:55 pm
      Question: What was the most desperate attempt the club has ever made at a "Marquee" signing?

      Answer:
      Hate to say it but it may well be Mario Ballotelli

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      Reply #23: Jan 08, 2019 05:45:05 pm
      the resigning of Robbie Fowler AKA God it doesn't get any bigger than that
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      Reply #24: Jan 08, 2019 06:23:48 pm
      I honestly can't name anyone from the 99s till today because we improved lots of them: Alonso, Torres, Suarez, Reina, Johnson, Mascherano, etc

      Even Benitez and Klopp have improved here!

      They were good players but we improved them to be World Class here or somewhere else!

      We are World class with a stunning culture/religion and I'm not being biased!
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      Reply #25: Jan 08, 2019 06:26:49 pm
      Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáenz de la Torre

      That is a pretty big name, 35 characters.
      I increased the font size to make it even bigger.

      Perhaps thats the longest name, not the biggest
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      Reply #26: Jan 08, 2019 07:49:11 pm
      The one that we signed and made me go ‘wow I can’t believe we got him’ was actually Fernando Morientes. Was so excited when we signed him and he turned out to be bang average for us :D

      Besides him, I’d say Torres, his name had been around for absolutely ages and was a real statement which was then backed up with immediate performances.
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      Reply #27: Jan 08, 2019 08:40:32 pm
      In no particular order....

      Jan Molby
      Xabi Alonso
      Ray Clemence
      Sami Hyypia
      Javier Mascherano
      Jocky Hansen....

      ..take yer pick ?


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      Reply #28: Jan 08, 2019 09:41:39 pm
      In terms of players with “pedigree” and having won big trophies -Anelka and Joe Cole,
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      Reply #29: Jan 08, 2019 09:58:15 pm
      Watched some games with Marcus Babel playing recently. What a player he was a human dynamo wonder how fit he is?
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      Reply #30: Jan 08, 2019 10:06:49 pm
      Watched some games with Marcus Babel playing recently. What a player he was a human dynamo wonder how fit he is?

      Babbel is a good shout
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      Reply #31: Jan 08, 2019 10:11:25 pm

      If you’re going Babbel then I guess by rights we should go Christian Ziege as well.......Euro 96 winner and WC runner up.
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      Reply #32: Jan 08, 2019 10:15:11 pm
      If you’re going Babbel then I guess by rights we should go Christian Ziege as well.......Euro 96 winner and WC runner up.

      Yeah but I trump that with Karl Heinz Riedle. was proper buzzing on a beach in Crete when I read we signed him.
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      Reply #33: Jan 08, 2019 10:19:48 pm
      Yeah but I trump that with Karl Heinz Riedle. was proper buzzing on a beach in Crete when I read we signed him.

      Great player.

      A little on the downside when we got him but boy he was a player in his day.
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      Reply #34: Jan 08, 2019 10:20:36 pm
      Bruno cheyrou, salif diao and el hadj diouf, what a summer
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      Reply #35: Jan 08, 2019 10:21:50 pm
      Bruno cheyrou, salif diao and el hadj diouf, what a summer

      I still think there was a player in Cheyrou ;)
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      Reply #36: Jan 08, 2019 10:26:26 pm
      The one that we signed and made me go ‘wow I can’t believe we got him’ was actually Fernando Morientes.

      He was arguably a bigger name when we signed him than Torres was.

      Good topic, not been too many real big names. Litmanen was the other good shout.
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      Reply #37: Jan 08, 2019 10:28:34 pm
      Question: What was the most desperate attempt the club has ever made at a "Marquee" signing?

      Answer:


      Robbie Keane !   ;D

      ( I always questioned Rafa's sanity with  that one ..... he attempted .....and succeeded)
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      Reply #38: Jan 08, 2019 10:34:47 pm
      I suppose Bolo Zenden is another who came here with one helluva CV.
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      Reply #39: Jan 08, 2019 10:35:45 pm
      The last signing that got me really excited was (after watching a lot of dutch football) a certain mad uruguayan f**ker
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      Reply #40: Jan 08, 2019 10:38:56 pm
      The one that we signed and made me go ‘wow I can’t believe we got him’ was actually Fernando Morientes. Was so excited when we signed him and he turned out to be bang average for us :D

      Besides him, I’d say Torres, his name had been around for absolutely ages and was a real statement which was then backed up with immediate performances.

      Morientes probably pips all named so far
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      Reply #41: Jan 08, 2019 10:47:49 pm
      The last signing that got me really excited was (after watching a lot of dutch football) a certain mad uruguayan f**ker
      Yes mate... Sebastian Coates.
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      Reply #42: Jan 08, 2019 10:49:59 pm
      Robbie Keane !   ;D

      ( I always questioned Rafa's sanity with  that one ..... he attempted .....and succeeded)

      Especially with keane's statement about rafa wanting to play left wing
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      Reply #43: Jan 08, 2019 10:50:38 pm
      It has to be Fernando Torres. Given that he was already an established star at Atletico and one of the first names on an incredible Spain team sheet by time he signed for us. It seems between the years of 2004-2007 he had been linked with every major European club around. The Mancs thought they were getting him in 2006 yet come the summer of 2007 he signed for us. And yet it was a relatively cheap deal even back then (albeit made possible by us sending Luis Garcia the other way). More high profile names were going to follow...or so we thought. His signing was nothing but a false dawn if anything, covering up the cracks that were already starting to appear under the treacherous ownership of Hicks and Gillett.
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      Reply #44: Jan 08, 2019 11:00:56 pm
      I suppose Bolo Zenden is another who came here with one helluva CV.

      Good shout. A bit forgotten about but a solid player he was.
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      Reply #45: Jan 09, 2019 12:27:33 am
      Harry Kewell for 5m felt like the bargain of the century but turnout daylight robbery!
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      Reply #46: Jan 09, 2019 02:43:22 am
      Nicolas Anelka anybody? All be it on loan, should have been a permanent signing but for Houllier to massively f**k up and choose Diouf instead. We missed out big time there.

      Alisson a good shout, so is Morientes, loved it when we signed him but then he turned out to be sh*t...Morientes that is, obviously.
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      Reply #47: Jan 09, 2019 02:49:25 am
      Anelka was a tasty signing definitely for me!
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      Reply #48: Jan 09, 2019 02:49:49 am
      Of the current squad , Becker and VVD.

      As to years past I’d have to go with Kenny.

      Suarez was a wild card.  We knew we were getting a player but had no idea how good he could be.

      Much like a lot of our signings.  Take Salah for instance.  Bought him for a song and a year later he’s a Ballon D’or candidate.
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      Reply #49: Jan 09, 2019 07:03:27 am
      How about Bill Shankly,Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan,as the thread does not stipulate players only I thought I would add these illustrious names.Oh and add Peter Robinson to the above three as well.
      « Last Edit: Jan 09, 2019 07:31:37 am by Billy1 »
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      Reply #50: Jan 09, 2019 09:37:08 am
      Kenny for me, although a whole host of others to chose from, Ray Clemence & Keegan a bargain at the time from Scunthorpe.
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      Reply #51: Jan 09, 2019 09:50:50 am
      Morientes from Real was a big big name even though it never really worked out he was a classy player
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      Reply #52: Jan 09, 2019 10:16:16 am
      Nicolas Anelka anybody? All be it on loan, should have been a permanent signing but for Houllier to massively f**k up and choose Diouf instead. We missed out big time there.

      Alisson a good shout, so is Morientes, loved it when we signed him but then he turned out to be sh*t...Morientes that is, obviously.

      Where it all started to go wrong for Houllier.
      Thought he had a great finish to the season and was gutted when the loan wasn't made permanent.
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      Reply #53: Jan 09, 2019 10:30:52 am
      Beardsley
      Barnes
      Clemo
      Kenny
      Torres
      Suarez
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      Reply #54: Jan 09, 2019 03:15:37 pm
      Yeah but I trump that with Karl Heinz Riedle. was proper buzzing on a beach in Crete when I read we signed him.

      Was so pleased we signed Riedle as well Brian.

      For me I think it's Torres.

      He was talked about as the next big superstar player and linked with quite a few clubs just before we bought him and from day one pretty much he was fantastic and for a spell easily the best centre forward in Europe.

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      Reply #55: Jan 09, 2019 03:29:12 pm
      David Speedy,, bet you had all forgotten about a man who was not s tall as his name. I still need to check to see if he did play for us.
      he did score 6 goals in 12 games before Souness got shut
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      Reply #56: Jan 09, 2019 04:15:31 pm
      We've signed a lot of world class players, but yeah very few who had already established themselves as world class before we signed them.

      I'd probably go Litmanen. (Morientes was a big name but probably not quite world class. Ditto Marcus Babbel, good though he was.)

      Suarez, Torres, Kenny D, Barnes and a few more were all probably already world class when we signed them, but maybe hadn't yet fully proved it.
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      Reply #57: Jan 09, 2019 04:38:39 pm
      Joe Louis!! While he was based nearby as an American serviceman during WWII.

      David Speedy,, bet you had all forgotten about a man who was not s tall as his name. I still need to check to see if he did play for us.
      he did score 6 goals in 12 games before Souness got shut

      An equaliser at Old Trafford and two goals in a derby win made up half those six goals.
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      Reply #58: Jan 09, 2019 05:27:42 pm
      The last name to cause a stir was Alisson Becker in my mind.

      Virgil Van Dijk too. Maybe not so much on reputation when he signed, but the difference this lad has made sent ripples down our defensive folklore.

      Great times.
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      Reply #59: Jan 09, 2019 06:22:35 pm
      Kenny for me, although a whole host of others to chose from, Ray Clemence & Keegan a bargain at the time from Scunthorpe.

      Clem and Keegan were not big names when we signed them, far from it
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      Reply #60: Jan 09, 2019 06:24:03 pm
      Clem and Keegan were not big names when we signed them, far from it

      Nor phil neal, hansen, nicol etc
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      Reply #61: Jan 09, 2019 06:25:16 pm

      Exacfly.

      Glad I raised the topic though. Weve signed very few world class players. But we have made some serious world class players. A fine thing to do
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      Reply #62: Jan 09, 2019 06:31:27 pm
      Few mentions of Alisson but Keita was also courted by a lot of the big clubs before joining us, wasn’t he?
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      Reply #63: Jan 09, 2019 07:17:35 pm
      Yeah but I trump that with Karl Heinz Riedle. was proper buzzing on a beach in Crete when I read we signed him.
       

      Damn, good shout,i was kinda outta the loop footy wise for the 90's but reading about his signing in the irish emigrant paper or a two week old brit paper would of been a  :o moment. The Barnes/ Beardsley double signing was pretty big at the time,no?
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      Reply #64: Jan 09, 2019 07:19:39 pm
      Clem and Keegan were not big names when we signed them, far from it

      Fair enough, It was Liverpool that turned them into big names, see your point.
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      Reply #65: Jan 09, 2019 08:27:20 pm
      Harry Kewell for 5m felt like the bargain of the century but turnout daylight robbery!

      Worth it for his goal against Everton back in March 2006 (you'll also get Phil Neville's cracking header into the net...for us)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utgsVDrfZ_M

      Also scored a cracker against Tottenham not long before it (first goal in this clip)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbHw0XZUX-c

      Played a blinder against Chelsea in the cup semi final at Old Trafford in April 2006 from what I recall as well. Terrible luck with injuries but certainly showed glimpses of what he was all about. A fine player on his day.

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      Reply #66: Jan 10, 2019 07:07:39 am
      Joe Louis!! While he was based nearby as an American serviceman during WWII.

      An equaliser at Old Trafford and two goals in a derby win made up half those six goals.

      I thought Joe Louis was on a promotional tour when he signed for L.F.C.on the pitch at Anfield.The tour included visiting American forces based in the U.K.
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      Reply #67: Jan 10, 2019 01:26:34 pm
      Nice little topic Brian, it's a tough one at that. I'll only speak from my time as anything before would be hearsay.

      The one truly world class player that stands out in my time who came with as big a rep/CV would be Fernando Morientes, a global star who had won countless trophies.


      As many have said we've not really been know for the signings of the real A listers, more of nurturing there talents into become ones.
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      Reply #68: Jan 10, 2019 02:18:51 pm
      Torres, Kewell, Alisson yes, Litmanen was also a big name, no?
      Also Fernando Morientes was a big name at the time, as mentioned above.
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      Reply #69: Jan 11, 2019 04:22:02 pm
      Technically the re-signing of Ian Rush.

      I would say Fernando Torres was already a big name in 2007.
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      Reply #70: Jan 11, 2019 05:18:06 pm
      Kewell is a fair shout muvh sought after at the time
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      Reply #71: Jan 11, 2019 05:24:41 pm
      A lot of great shouts in here, but for me personally when we signed Torres it felt huge, it felt like a game changer, that he could single handedly close the gap for us. Almost every other signing mentioned (that I’ve been around for) felt like a good step or felt that they would help us, but Torres felt much more significant. Maybe it was the circumstances around the rest of football at the time, or the market and how far behind everyone else we were, but I got the biggest buzz out of any signing from Torres.
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      Reply #72: Jan 11, 2019 05:37:56 pm
      A lot of great shouts in here, but for me personally when we signed Torres it felt huge, it felt like a game changer, that he could single handedly close the gap for us. Almost every other signing mentioned (that I’ve been around for) felt like a good step or felt that they would help us, but Torres felt much more significant. Maybe it was the circumstances around the rest of football at the time, or the market and how far behind everyone else we were, but I got the biggest buzz out of any signing from Torres.

      Alisson is a good shout, was already well known as one of the top few keepers in the world when we got him recently. Was a huge coup for us.

      But will go with Torres too. Thought at the time Rafa had done brilliant, never thought we'd sign him. And what a signing he was. A shadow of his former self when he left,  but when he joined, well ...
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      Reply #73: Jan 11, 2019 05:45:07 pm
      So a top 10 in no order

      Allisson
      Babbell
      Ziege
      Litmanen
      Barnes
      Rush comeback
      Morientes
      Torres
      Zenden
      Kewell
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      Reply #74: Jan 11, 2019 05:46:11 pm
      Alisson is a good shout, was already well known as one of the top few keepers in the world when we got him recently. Was a huge coup for us.

      But will go with Torres too. Thought at the time Rafa had done brilliant, never thought we'd sign him. And what a signing he was. A shadow of his former self when he left,  but when he joined, well ...

      I think a big difference in the two is that we feel comfortable competing for the likes of Alisson now, whereas at the time we were regularly a market or two below the likes of Torres.
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      Reply #75: Jan 11, 2019 06:01:59 pm
      I think a big difference in the two is that we feel comfortable competing for the likes of Alisson now, whereas at the time we were regularly a market or two below the likes of Torres.

      Yep, good point - though still was surprised we managed to get Alisson - we still don't have quite the spending power of a Barca, RM or Citeh, and he'd not be a bit out of place there.

      But Torres at the time was a real surprise, decent price too. Was really impressed with Rafa's Spanish connections.


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      Reply #76: Jan 11, 2019 08:34:38 pm
      Technically the re-signing of Ian Rush.

      I would say Fernando Torres was already a big name in 2007.

      Out of interest.......

      How is a young Torres “already a big name” but a resigned Rushie not?

      That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me - maybe I’m misunderstanding?
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      Reply #77: Jan 11, 2019 08:46:27 pm
      Out of interest.......

      How is a young Torres “already a big name” but a resigned Rushie not?

      That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me - maybe I’m misunderstanding?

      Rushie left us a world class striker. When he signed from Chester he wasnt We made Rushie, ok we sold and bought back but wed already made him. Were looking for instances of signing world class players
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      Reply #78: Jan 11, 2019 09:02:24 pm
      Rushie left us a world class striker. When he signed from Chester he wasnt We made Rushie, ok we sold and bought back but wed already made him. Were looking for instances of signing world class players

      Exactly my interpretation

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