Liverpool’s loan deals ranked and rated after Arthur Melo joins on deadline day

For Liverpool’s recent standards, the loan signing of Arthur Melo is one of their more left-field arrivals.

The Brazilian’s arrival was one of the first major shocks to arise on Transfer Deadline Day. While Jurgen Klopp did proclaim in the days preceding that his side were in the market for a new central midfielder, the Merseysiders did not appear to be in the race for the Juventus midfielder until the day they signed him.

However, the former Barcelona star is not the first player to raise eyebrows by his sudden arrival at Anfield on loan. Daily Star Sport considers the successes and failures of previous loan signings who joined the club.

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Nuri Sahin – 2/5

Nuri Sahin arrived at Anfield under very similar circumstances to Arthur. He joined the Reds in the later stages of the transfer window and looked to be a very prudent bit of business.

After-all, his impressive performances at Borussia Dortmund earned him a big money move to Real Madrid. Unfortunately, things did not work out for the Turkish ace, who was eventually sent back to Real Madrid in January, having warmed the bench for the best part of three months.

Liverpool and Arthur will be hoping his move does not suffer the same fate as the now Antalyaspor manager.

Aly Cissokho – 1/5

Had Steven Gerrard not slipped against Chelsea, Aly Cissokho may well have a Premier League medal hanging in his cabinet. However, Liverpool fans would have likely greeted the sight of the former Valencia and Lyon ace lifting the infamous trophy with sheer and utter derision.

Unfortunately, the Merseysiders knew they had got a bad deal when the Frenchman’s first touch in a Liverpool shirt bobbled off his knee and went straight to a Villa player. Rodgers put an awful lot of faith into the left-back, deploying him on 19 occasions during that infamous 2013-14 campaign.

However, that proved to be as far as the northern Irishman’s trust extended, as he was sent back to Valencia at the end of the campaign where he eventually secured a surprise move to, you guessed it, Aston Villa.

Victor Moses – 2/5

One of the more successful loan arrivals at Liverpool but he still did not set the world alight at Anfield. Having failed to win over Jose Mourinho, Moses was sent to Merseyside on transfer deadline day to be a support act for the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

Things started very well for the Nigerian ace, finding the back of the net against Swansea City on his Liverpool debut. But after starting his first five Premier League games in a row, he was soon reduced to a bit part player who was only given 15-20 minutes at the end of most matches.

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool chose to not sign him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Javier Manquillo – 1/5

Liverpool thought they had pulled off a masterstroke when they signed Javier Manquillo on two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid. He was touted to be a very promising young defender who just needed some trust and a run in the first team to achieve his potential.

Unfortunately, he got none of that from Rodgers. His Liverpool career started relatively well, with five starts in his first seven Premier League matches. However, he would only go on to make four more League appearances for the club, as he was reduced to a mere bench warmer – when he was included in the squad at all.

His loan spell was cut short after only one season in charge as Liverpool sent him back to Atletico, who would eventually serve him up to Marseille.

Steven Caulker – 1/5

Steven Caulker was Klopp’s second signing as Liverpool manager. Football fans in general scratched their heads down to their skulls when the former England international arrived at Anfield fresh off disastrous spells with Queens Park Rangers and Southampton.

Sadly, Caulker was not greeted with open arms. As well as failing to convince supporters he was ready to make the step up, many also believed he was taking a place that should have been for then top defensive target Neven Subotic.

Inevitably, it did not work for Caulker, as he only played four minutes of Premier League football for the Reds over the course of three appearances.

Ozan Kabak – 3/5

Ozan Kabak was given a very low bar when he arrived at Anfield. A quite spectacular injury crisis had struck, ruling out Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, and even Fabinho, a midfielder by trade who had to be drafted into central defence.

Kabak managed to plug a very gaping hole in the Liverpool back four, but he still struggled under the pressures of playing in a very demanding defence. He made nine Premier League and four Champions League appearances for the Reds, including both legs against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition.

However, the Turkish international’s luck was out, as he suffered a muscle injury which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign in May, just as he was starting to build up a head of steam at Anfield. One of the more successful loan arrivals, but still far from Klopp’s lofty standards.

Javier Mascherano – 4/5

Arguably, the most successful loan signing to arrive at the club during the Premier League era. After an impressive season on loan from West Ham, Liverpool paid the Hammers £17m – a lot of money in 2008 – to bring him to Anfield on a permanent basis.

He would go on to make 139 appearances for the Reds at the heart of their midfield. However, his time on Merseyside ended sourly, as he went on strike and reportedly refused to play against Manchester City, to secure a move to Barcelona.

The Argentine eventually got his way and joined the Catalans in a £22m (again a lot of money in 2010) deal. He hit back at then Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, who accused the World Cup finalist of being selfish, claiming he did not go on strike to force through his move.

Nicolas Anelka – 4/5

Five Premier League goals and two assists was not enough to convince Liverpool to sign Nicolas Anelka. Despite impressing on Merseyside, operating through the middle as well as on both wings, Liverpool instead opted to sign El Hadji Diouf instead.

The Senegalese’s debacle at Anfield only made Liverpool’s decision not to sign Anelka even worse. And Anelka himself has even admitted that he wished he could have stayed on the red side of Merseyside.

“Everything was perfect! I loved everything about the club,” he said to the Daily Echo. "I had an amazing relationship with the fans. I loved them and I think it was reciprocal.”

Emiliano Insua – 3/5

Considering the fact, he only made two Premier League appearances in his first loan spell at the club, it was quite the surprise when Liverpool decided to sign the left-wing-back from Boca Juniors on a permanent basis. However, he eventually became quite an important player for Liverpool.

It took him the best part of three seasons to jostle himself into first team contention, he went on to make 31 Premier League appearances in his final campaign at the club. However, he was never really considered to be the club’s long-term future at left-back.

Insua was eventually sent on loan to Galatasaray, before departing Anfield to join Sporting Lisbon on the cheap the following season.


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