Liverpool: Hit or miss?

  • By: Tom McDermott
  • Last Updated: August 7 2014, 9:08 BST

Our Tom McDermott offers his verdict on Liverpool's business in the summer transfer window so far.

  • Adam Lallana: Looks like a good signing for Liverpool
  • Rickie Lambert: Tipped to move on next summer 

Liverpool entertained and surprised their supporters last season but with an increase in games this term and the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona it could all end in disappointment this time around.

Tottenham struggled when they spent the majority of the Gareth Bale money last summer on players that simply weren’t good enough or who struggled to come to terms with the demands of the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers has brought in some players who have experience of England's top-flight but can they collectively plug the gap in quality left by Suarez?

Here I give my verdict on five of Liverpool's high-profile summer signings...

Rickie Lambert

The 2013/14 season couldn’t have gone any better for the striker at Southampton and ended with a spot in England’s World Cup squad and a move to the team he supported as a boy.

There’s no doubting Lambert’s physical presence and ability to score but does he have the necessary movement and pace to fit into Rodgers’ style of play?

Tom McDermott on Rickie Lambert "It’s hard to see Lambert starting ahead of Daniel Sturridge if he is fit, and even harder to see him forcing his way into a wide forward role given the options Rodgers already has."
Tom McDermott on Rickie Lambert

The Merseysiders secured Lambert for a reasonable fee but don’t be surprised if he moves away from Anfield next summer in order to play regular first team football.

Verdict: Miss

Adam Lallana

Lallana epitomises Rodgers’ approach to football. Technically and tactically superb the midfielder is excellent in a variety of roles and will add another dimension to Liverpool’s attack.

Rodgers said earlier in the week that he was “excited” by Lallana and at 26-years-old the Anfield faithful could be about to see the best of the playmaker.

Lallana chipped in with nine goals and six assists for Southampton last season and in a side that is expected to challenge for domestic and European honours you’d expect him to equal those figures at least.

The pressing game that Rodgers favours should suit Lallana down to the ground and you can expect impressive performances in the near future.

Verdict: Hit

Dejan Lovren

The Croatia defender turned to Twitter earlier in the summer to vent his frustration after failing to obtain a visa in time for the end of Liverpool’s tour of America.

The centre-back will hope he has more luck during the season ahead and joins Lallana and Lambert at the club after impressing with them at Southampton.

Liverpool paid the best part of £21million for the former Lyon player but there are still doubts over his positional play and his ability to perform against attackers with genuine pace.

So, it’s another big tick in the price tag column but can he be the commanding defender Liverpool really need?

Verdict: Miss

Emre Can

There’s little Can can’t do and Liverpool have another player with fantastic potential on their hands.

The Germany Under-21 international is capable of playing left-back or in a defensive midfield role and has been compared to Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Tom McDermott on Emre Can "Can’s versatility is certainly a bonus and he should put Joe Allen, Lucas, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard under pressure for a starting spot in the centre of the park straight away."
Tom McDermott on Emre Can

Liverpool struggled last season when either Gerrard or Henderson weren’t available and Can should make a place in the starting XI his own when he adjusts to the pace of the Premier League.

Verdict: Hit

Lazar Markovic

The Serbian winger scored seven goals in 49 appearances for Benfica as they secured a domestic treble in 2013/14 and reached the Europa League final.

However, earlier in the year Rodgers was thought to be close to signing Yevhen Konoplyanka from FC Dnipro and you have to wonder if Markovic is his second choice?

Quick and direct, Markovic will have to hit the ground running to ease the burden of pressure on Raheem Sterling, a player of whom so much is expected after Suarez’s departure.

Markovic has provided glimpses of what he is capable of during pre-season but it could be another 12 months before we see him at his best.

Verdict: Miss