Rating every Liverpool transfer window of the 21st century – Why the crop of 2007 must be matched

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How many players have worn the famous Liverpool shirt over the last 15 years? The five men in the picture above have had a hand in literally hundreds of careers, with varying success.

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The next three men to try their hand at Anfield will be James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan, but how do they compare to those that went before them?

In the list below, we review every player the Reds have signed and let go since the turn of the century – giving each season’s set of signings an overall rating. How will this year’s crop compare? All is revealed here…

2000-01 season

Players Bought: Jari Litmanen (Free), Igor Biscan (£5.5m), Daniel Sjolund (£1m), Gregory Vignal (£500k), Christian Ziege (£5.5m), Nick Barmby (£6m)

Players Sold: Jon Newby (£100k), Titi Camara (£2.2m), Rigobert Song (£5.5m), Dominic Matteo (£4.75m), David Thompson (£2.75m); Released: Erik Meijer, Steve Staunton, Brad Friedel, John Boardman, Phill Babb

Performance: It was a quiet summer this at Anfield, as the Reds prepared to embark on a treble winning campaign. Igor Biscan and Nick Barmby both proved to be solid additions who served us well. Litmanen was a flop but he didn’t cost us anything to bring in and we made some decent money back through selling fringe players.

Rating: 5/10

2001-02 season

Players Bought: El Hadji Diouf (£11m), Abel Xavier (£800k), Milan Baros (£3.6m), Nicolas Anelka (Loan), Jerzy Dudek (£4.85m), Chris Kirkland (£6m), John Arne Riise (£4.6m)

Players Sold: Sander Westerveld (£3.49m), Robbie Fowler (£11m), Christian Ziege (£4m); Released: Gary McAllister, John Miles, Chris O’Brien, Leyton Maxwell, Ian Armstrong

Performance: Baros, Dudek and Riise were all astute additions from Gerard Houllier. Unfortunately, this season will be best remembered for us swapping Robbie Fowler for El Hadji Diouf, who was an almighty flop at Anfield. Abel Xavier was also poor after signing from Everton and Nicolas Anelka proved more trouble that he was worth.

Rating: 4/10

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