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Never, ever break your transfer record for a Liverpool player

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Sometimes it’s a general lack of investment to improve the squad, and sometimes it’s too much investment on underperforming players, but Bournemouth (2019/20) and Sheffield United (2020/21) committed one of the classic blunders: right behind ‘never start a land war with Russia’ and ‘never go all in with a Sicilian when death is on the line’, sits ‘never break your transfer record to sign a player from Liverpool’.

Handily, Coutinho winning the Champions League away from the Camp Nou proves two things: even the best players can be part of poor transfer deals, and not even the biggest clubs in the world are impervious to the curse of breaking your transfer record to sign a Liverpool player.

Andy Carroll (West Ham) In the least surprising entry on this list, when given the opportunity to break West Ham United’s transfer record, Sam Allardyce spent the money on Andy Carroll.

Every year transfer market failings are a factor in at least one team’s relegation from the Premier League.

Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) Bournemouth’s decision to break their transfer record to sign an unproven Ibe in 2016 did not prove to be good business.

But the Blades did not break their transfer record to sign a prospect for the future; they needed a striker who could make an immediate impact and keep them in the Premier League.

Kicking us off is Harry Redknapp breaking Portsmouth’s transfer record in 2008, shortly before finances at Fratton Park began to get, shall we say, problematic.
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