Liverpool done deals: Top five transfers at Anfield in Ian Ayre’s tenure

first_imgLiverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre will step down in 2017, it has been announced.When he finally leaves Anfield, Ayre will have had several roles at the club in his decade with his hometown side.After joining as a commercial director, the 52-year-old then move to a role as managing director in March 2011 where he gained more power.Ayre has since played a major role in most transfer deals but some of these switches have gone better than others.Click the right arrow above to see which five deals we believe are his best at the club… 5 5 5 4. Jordon Ibe – £500,000 (from Wycombe Wanderers) – This transfer is turning out to be value for money as he makes his mark on the Liverpool first-team. His goal at the Britannia Stadium in January was vital as the Reds went on to beat Stoke City on penalties to reach the Capital One Cup final. Jurgen Klopp appears to rate the youngster so Ibe could be a fixture of the team for seasons to come. 5. James Milner – Free transfer from Manchester City – Click the right arrow above for Ian Ayre’s best transfers… – Alright, his wages are a bit pricey but the England midfielder has hit the ground running at Anfield since his move from Manchester City and offered up solid performances and key goals, especially his winning strike against Augsburg in the Europa League last 32. 3. Daniel Sturridge – £12million (from Chelsea) – Right now, most comments surrounding the English striker centre on his fitness, or lack thereof. It shouldn’t be forgotten that in first season and a half he hit 35 goals in 49 games and almost won them the Premier League title. On form, he’s still one of the best finishers in the country, he just needs to make sure he’s fully fit. 5 2. Emre Can – £9.75million (from Bayer Leverkusen) – The signing of the German, in retrospect, was a bit of a risk given he had only played one full season of Bundesliga football with Bayer Leverkusen. Can has been a huge success though. Last season in a back-three he helped to hold a dodgy defence together and this season has, despite the odd loss of form, played well in midfield for Jurgen Klopp. 5 1. Philippe Coutinho £8.5million (from Inter Milan) – The Brazilian star joined from Inter Milan with plenty of potential and the Little Magician has gone a long way to realising it with the Reds. His skill and cunning, along with his excellent dribbling make his a tricky opponent, but his shooting could do with some work if he wants to improve his goal tally and his effectiveness. He was well worth the money and could go on to be an absolute bargain when everything is said and done.last_img read more