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The current transfer value of Liverpool players since 1992

Graeme Riley, on whose meticulous research the excellent Pay As You Play was based and has published the annual Football in Europe, has joined the LFChistory team and will provide us with data that will enable us to go into much further detail on the site. This will all be revealed in the forthcoming months.

Riley has devised a method that shows how much every single Liverpool purchase since the beginning of the Premier League is worth in today's market. Earlier transfers are not included as it was impossible to trace them all so an average transfer value was not present for seasons previous to the 1992-1993 season. Beneath the list of players is a breakdown of each season.

The current transfer purchase price is calculated as follows:

1. Take the actual price of the player in the season he was bought. 
2. Divide the value paid by the average transfer value for the season he was bought, then multiply by the average transfer value of the current season – this effectively inflates the player’s value to current terms.
3. As we do not yet know all of the January 2012 values, for the sake of consistency everything is taken back to 2010-11 values. Example: Djibril Cissé cost £14.5m in July 2004 – so his current value is 14,500,000 / 2,172,559 x 4,906,739 = £32,748,347.

Here are Liverpool's 50 most expensive players since 1992.

Rank Player Current value Transfer fee Season
1 Andy Carroll
35,000,000 35,000,000 2010-2011
2 Djibril Cisse
32,748,000 14,500,000
2004-2005
3 Emile Heskey 32,018,000 11,000,000 1999-2000
4 Fernando Torres
28,440,000 20,200,000 2007-2008
5 Stan Collymore
27,724,000
  8,500,000
1995-1996
6 Javier Mascherano
26,187,000
18,600,000
2007-2008
7 Xabi Alonso 24,166,000 10,700,000 2004-2005
8 Dietmar Hamann 23,286,000   8,000,000 1999-2000
9 Luis Suarez 22,800,000 22,800,000 2010-2011
10 Glen Johnson 21,733,000 17,500,000 2009-2010
11 Alberto Aquilani 21,236,000 17,100,000  2009-2010
12 El-Hadji Diouf 20,015,000 10,000,000 2002-2003
13 Dirk Kuyt  19,400,000   9,000,000  2006-2007 
14 Paul Stewart 18,989,000   2,300,000 1992-1993
15  Stewart Downing  18,716,000  18,500,000 2011-2012
16 Neil Ruddock 18,515,000   2,500,000 1993-1994
17  Robbie Keane 18,299,943 19,000,000 2008-2009
18 Paul Ince 17,588,000   4,200,000 1997-1998
19 Phil Babb 16,917,000   3,600,000 1994-1995
20 Nigel Clough 16,848,000   2,275,000 1993-1994
21 John Scales 16,448,000   3,500,000 1994-1995
22 Ryan Babel 16,191,000 11,500,000 2007-2008
23 Jordan Henderson 16,187,000 16,000,000 2011-2012
24 Peter Crouch 15,844,000   7,000,000  2005-2006
25 Jason McAteer 14,677,000   4,500,000 1995-1996
26 Oyvind Leonhardsen 14,657,000   3,500,000 1997-1998
27 Jermaine Pennant 14,442,000   6,700,000 2006-2007
28 Fernando Morientes 14,229,000   6,300,000 2004-2005
29 Jose Reina 13,580,000   6,000,000 2005-2006
30 Luis Garcia 13,551,000   6,000,000 2004-2005
31 Nick Barmby 13,246,000   6,000,000 2000-2001
32  Daniel Agger  13,128,000   5,800,000 2005-2006 
33 Craig Bellamy 12,933,000   6,000,000 2006-2007
34 Mohamed Sissoko 12,675,000   5,600,000 2005-2006
35 Harry Kewell 12,533,000   5,000,000 2003-2004
36 Igor Biscan 12,142,000   5,500,000 2000-2001
37 Christian Ziege 12,142,000   5,500,000 2000-2001
38 Sander Westerveld 11,643,000   4,000,000 1999-2000
39  Raul Meireles 11,500,000 11,500,000 2010-2011 
40 Julian Dicks 11,108,000   1,500,000 1993-1994
41 Vladimir Smicer 10,915,000   3,750,000 1999-2000
42  Patrik Berger  10,665,000    3,250,000 1996-1997
43 Vegard Heggem 10,634,000   3,500,000 1998-1999
44 Stephane Henchoz  10,188,000    3,500,000 1999-2000 
45  Chris Kirkland    9,754,000   6,000,000 2001-2002 
46 Salif Diao   9,407,000   4,700,000 2002-2003 
47 Martin Skrtel    9,152,000   6,500,000 2007-2008
48  Steve Finnan   8,773,000   3,500,000 2003-2004
49 Charlie Adam    8,599,000   8,500,000 2011-2012 
50  David James    8,256,000   1,000,000 1992-1993 

Dean Saunders and Mark Wright who were bought in the 1991-1992 season one year previous to the start of the Premier League would both easily make the top 50 if they were included. Saunders, who was bought for 2.9 million pounds would be valued around 24 million and 2.2 million Mark Wright would be around the 18 million mark.

It is frightening when you realise that Liverpool spent in current value a total of 21 million pounds on Bernard Diomede, Jean Marc Ferri, Gabriel Paletta and Sean Dundee who played a combined total of 20 games for the club!

The legendary Sami Hyypia doesn't even make the top 50 list which shows how much of a coup it was to get him for 2.5 million pounds in 1999-2000 with a current transfer value of only 7,277,000 pounds.

Season Transfers Transfer value Average Inflation
1992-1993   94   55,865,000    594,309
1993-1994 117   77,518,000    662,543  11.48%
1994-1995 111 115,900,000 1,044,144  57.60%
1995-1996 112 168,493,000 1,504,397  44.08%
1996-1997 104 156,000,000 1,495,288   -0.61%
1997-1998 168 196,850,000 1,171,726 -21.64%
1998-1999 157 253,540,000 1,614,904  37.82%
1999-2000 138 232,630,000 1,685,725    4.39%
2000-2001 147 326,713,000 2,222,537  31.84%
2001-2002 125 377,275,000 3,018,200  35.80%
2002-2003   96 235,345,000 2,451,510 -18.78%
2003-2004 140 274,045,000 1,957,464 -20.15%
2004-2005 145 315,021,000 2,172,559  10.99%
2005-2006 146 316,510,000 2,167,877   -0.22%
2006-2007 165 375,593,000 2,276,322    5.00%
2007-2008 177 616,860,000 3,485,085  53.10%
2008-2009 144 733,600,000 5,094,444  46.18%
2009-2010  123 485,980,000  3,951,057  -22.44% 
2010-2011  115 564,275,000  4,906,739  24.19% 
2011-2012  100 485,000,000 4,850,000    -1.16%

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