In defence of Liverpool’s nine summer signings: One by one, by one – from Adam Lallana to Javier Manquillo

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How’ve you rated the summer signings so far…?

All season long the media has slaughtered Liverpool’s summer signings, and at times, the fans have jumped on their backs as well…

Following the mega-money sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, we splashed a well publicised £113m on nine summer signings who’ve so far failed to alleviate us to the heights we reached last season.

Some of the individual criticism has been unjust though, and here’s why we think our huge summer of business might not have been so bad after all…

(We’ve listed them from highest transfer fee, to lowest (with loaned out Divock Origi at the bottom).)

1) Adam Lallana

This one’s pretty easy, actually. Since recovering from an injury that meant Lallana missed pre-season and the early stages of the campaign, the 26-year-old has got progressively better and better. He did only an ‘ok’ job on the left wing originally, but this isn’t his natural position… Since being deployed more centrally in our 3-4-3 formation, the £26m man has thrived, and started to show exactly why we shelled out so much cash on him. In the top flight, he’s scored more than Angel di Maria, Samir Nasri or Cesc Fabregas so far this term, and he was particularly sublime in our latest fixture – a 4-1 win over Swansea. He works tirelessly, is wonderfully two-footed, technically excellent, tactically versatile and will clearly give his all to the team. What’s not to like?

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