first_img 5 Rickie Lambert – £4.5m (Summer 2014) – Verdict: MISS – Lambert, who was released by Liverpool as a teenager, signed for the club he’d always dreamt of playing for on a two-year deal in June 2014. However, having only managed three goals in his 36 appearances in all competitions that season, he didn’t surpass the halfway point of his contract as he was sold to West Brom last summer. During that window, Liverpool brought in Danny Ings, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke in a major summer reshuffle, leaving no room for the ageing Lambert. With a transfer fee of only £4.5m, whilst this move wasn’t a success, it wasn’t catastrophic for either Lambert nor the club, but the fairytale move certainly didn’t turn out the way they both would have wanted it to. With Sadio Mane undergoing a medical at Liverpool ahead of a proposed £34m move from Southampton, the trend of one-way transfers between the two clubs is set to continue for the third summer transfer window running, as the striker will become the fifth player to make the move north.Since Rickie Lambert got the ball rolling with his £4.5m move in the summer of 2014, the two clubs have been very well matched on the pitch, as they finished just two points apart in the 2014/15 Premier League season, and three points apart last year.After Lambert made his dream move, Adam Lallana and Dejan Loven followed in the same window, before Nathaniel Clyne made his move last year.We take a look at who’s been a hit, and who’s been a miss. Adam Lallana – £25m (Summer 2014) – Verdict: MISS – Lallana was the second of three Southampton players to make the move to Liverpool in the summer of 2014, and his Liverpool career has been frustrating for both him and fans alike. At times he has shown glimpses of his very best form, running and gliding past the opposition and making clinical passes. Having suffered five injuries already during his two seasons at the club, he’s struggled to make a real mark on the team, netting just nine times in the Premier League across those two seasons. When Raheem Sterling left for Manchester City last summer, it was hoped that Lallana would step up to provide a wide threat and assists, but the jury is still out. Nathanial Clyne – £12.5m (Summer 2015) – Verdict: HIT – After making a £12.5m move to Liverpool last summer, Clyne has definitely been a HIT as one of the few consistently impressive players in the 2015/16 campaign. He started 33 of the 38 league games, and really grew in confidence and quality as the season progressed. That £12.5m looks like a bargain at this stage, because having only just turned 25, the full-back is likely to be a regular in Klopp’s side for many seasons to come. Like any good modern day full-back, he has learnt quickly to combine his attacking instincts with defensive responsibilities. Dejan Lovren – £20m (Summer 2014) – Verdict: HIT – Joining the Reds in the same window as Lambert for £20m, there were a lot of expectations on Dejan Lovren’s shoulders to come in as a regular replacement for Daniel Agger, who left to Brondby that same summer. Liverpool’s most expensive defensive signing, he has responded well after a rocky start, coming on leaps and bounds since Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers. At the other end of the pitch, Lovren has scored just twice thus far in his Liverpool career, but his second could hardly have been more important as he headed a stoppage-time winner in a thrilling 4–3 Europa League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund last season. With Kolo Toure gone and Martin Skrtel seemingly on the way out, Lovren has done well to cement a place in Klopp’s plans. 5 5 Going… Going… Gone? As Liverpool close in on Saints striker, we remind you of the recent south coast signings the Reds have made, and how they turned out – just click the arrow above – Sadio Mane will be the fifth player to make the move from Southampton to Liverpool in the last three seasons. Out of the four players that proceeded him, we’ve evaluated whether they’ve been a HIT or a MISS for the Reds so far… 5 5last_img

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