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Liverpool signed bargain striker Steven Gerrard loved but he left after scoring just 12 goals

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Imagine a scenario where Liverpool were able to sign the previous season's Champions League top goal scorer for less than half of the club’s existing record transfer fee.

I just hope, after all the success he's had and trophies he's won, he's as hungry to do the same for us."

The Spaniard had scored 22 goals in 42 games for Monaco in 2003/04, with his nine Champions League goals – which included strikes in five of their six knockout tie games – helping them to the final.

Morientes scored nine times in all competitions and provided seven assists, which was the joint-second most goals created by any Liverpool player behind Gerrard.

Getting Erling Haaland to sign for the Reds for around £33m this month?

While that might sound (and is) unrealistic, this is effectively what Liverpool managed to do in the winter of the 2004/05 season.

Seventeen years ago this week, Rafa Benitez signed Fernando Morientes from Real Madrid for £6.3m (when Djibril Cisse had joined the club for £14.5m the previous summer) and there was no doubting the calibre of player the Reds had acquired.
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