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      David Wright
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      Re: Biggest name signed by LFC
      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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      Re: Biggest name signed by LFC
      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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      Re: Biggest name signed by LFC
      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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