Andy Carroll, your place in Anfield history remains assured.
Putting the Raheem Stirling bounty to use, Liverpool signed Christian Benteke from Aston Villa for 32.5 million pounds ($50.4m). That’s about $4m less than the club-record amount it paid Newcastle for Carroll in 2011.
We could describe the Carroll move as one of the worst transfers in history, but that might be understating it. He played for Liverpool for one full season and it got less than half its money back when it sold the striker to West Ham in 2013.
So that’s a crappy precedent. But Benteke arrives with the impressive pedigree of being able to score goals despite the acute disadvantage of playing for Aston Villa.
Liverpool also spent big this summer on another forward, Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim, and signed Danny Ings from Burnley. It’s almost enough to make you think that coach Brendan Rodgers doesn’t have total faith in Mario Balotelli.
“I came here to win trophies,” Benteke told Liverpool TV. Someone should let him know that he’s not living in the 1980s.
Liverpool has now signed seven players and drastically improved its roster. (We assume.)
After Fabian Delph’s exit last week, this leaves Villa, which almost got relegated last season, with < 5 competent players.