Of course, there are usually significant signing costs. And don’t forget these salaries.
But taking a player without any transfer is a huge boost for any club, Liverpool is no different.
Some have had more impact than others since the Bosman decision came into effect almost 25 years ago, granting players freedom of movement when their contracts expire without their former club being paid fees.
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And we tried to build a first XI of Liverpool players which, in terms of transfer fees, costs nothing.
Goalkeeper – Adrian
If his signing in August was a surprise, it was nothing compared to an immediate faceoff, then, with Alisson Becker injured, staying on the side for more than two months, winning every Premier League game and proving the hero in the UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea. A little depressing, however, during its last appearances.
Right back – Markus Babbel
Bayern Munich champion and European Championship winner with Germany, Babbel was a permanent player in the triple season of 2000/01 – scoring in the final UEFA Cup victory against Alaves – until he be diagnosed with debilitating and paralyzing Guillan-Barre syndrome from which he was struggling to recover.
Central Defenders – Kolo Toure and Joel Matip
Touré was extremely popular under Brendan Rodgers after leaving Manchester City in 2013 and participated in the Europa League final under Jurgen Klopp, while the impact of Matip in the second half of 2018/19 made him a deserved winner of the Champions League.
Left back – Fabio Aurelio
The Brazilian signed twice in freedom, under Rafael Benitez then Roy Hodgson having been initially released. Injuries have prevented him from showing his indisputable quality more regularly. That said, he still made 134 appearances with the Reds.
Right wing – Maxi Rodriguez
Signed by Benitez, the Argentine was largely overlooked by Roy Hodgson, but took over with Kenny Dalglish, especially when he scored two hat tricks in three games towards the end of the 2010/11 campaign.
Central Midfielder – Gary McAllister and James Milner
Two of the best free transfers in Liverpool history. McAllister was the seasoned chef who achieved significant goals in the 2001 triple season, while Milner has now spent almost five years with the Reds and has proven a brilliant and versatile example on the team while adding to his trophy. staff.
Left midfielder – Bolo Zenden
A career of the Reds often neglected, the former player of Barcelona and Chelsea did not play much in 2005/06 but was more important the following campaign, scoring in the semi-final of the Champions League a victory in shots on goal against the Londoners and also starting the final. against AC Milan.
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Strikers – Robbie Fowler and Craig Bellamy
The two returned to Anfield on a free after previous spells at the club, each by coincidence after being released by Manchester City. Fowler played his role as a striking option after an emotional comeback in January 2006, while Bellamy was a regular in the 2011/12 campaign under Dalglish and participated in the League Cup and FA Cup finals.