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Nearly two and half months have passed since the transfer window slammed shut, and Liverpool are finding themselves in a disappointing yet unfamiliar position - 11th. As one of the most active clubs over the summer, Liverpool invested heavily in nine signings (eight below, with one on loan at the moment) after the sale of their talismanic number 7, Luis Suarez. But the question is: who has cut the mustard and who has bottled it by playing a part in Liverpool’s current position in the bottom half of the table? Let’s have a look:

Rickie Lambert

The boyhood dream was achieved for Rickie Lambert when he completed his move to Liverpool from Southampton for an initial £4m. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had the dreamy start that he might have wished for. Lambert has only managed to start three games with the rest of his nine appearances coming as a sub. With zero goals to his name as well, he’s forever looking to be an option from the bench. Did we expect more though? 2/10

Emre Can

The young German arrived at Merseyside from Bayer Leverkusen after they matched his release clause of £9.75m, and was touted to be similar to Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Made his debut as a sub against Manchester City in August, but was then injured for six weeks whilst on duty with the German under-21 squad. On his return, he’s shown a bit of tenacity in the games he’s started, and has even managed to get on the score sheet with a goal against Chelsea. He could cement a place with more game time.  6/10

Mario Balotelli

£16m for this controversial Italian initially had Liverpool fans filled with optimism, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment. With only two goals in 14 appearances (none of those coming in the league), ‘Super Mario’ is clearly struggling to fill the boots of the departed Suarez and the injured Sturridge. His lack of ruthlessness followed by a poor approach to some games has proven very costly for Liverpool up front. Needs to step up quickly or he could be looking for a new club sooner than later. 3/10 

Alberto Moreno

A long running transfer saga saw Moreno arrive at Merseyside from Sevilla for deal worth £12m. The 22-year old left-back has managed nine starts out 11 in the league, and his best performance came against Tottenham, where he scored his first goal for the club. Since then, he’s been average. Needs to build a better understanding with the back line and stop the goals leaking in. 5/10

Adam Lallana

By far Liverpool’s best summer signing. The £25m man from Southampton has been an exciting player to watch in the Premier League, and although he started his Liverpool career with an injury, he has come back and produced some effective link play with his teammates. Although he has a goal registered in the league too, he hasn’t quite reached the level that was revered so much by the Southampton following, but be sure, he isn’t too far from it. 7/10

Dejan Lovren

Another £20m man from the shores of Southampton, Lovren was bought in to fill one of the leaky holes in the defence. The Croatian has played every minute in the Premier League, but it’s come at a cost as Liverpool have conceded 15 goals in the league so far. The inconsistencies in his performances, combined with defensive errors made by his centre-back partner and goalkeeper aren’t helping the team at all. Rodgers will be looking to get more from the money he’s paid for him. Poor form. 4/10

Lazar Markovic

One of the more ‘flashier’ signings of the summer with a £20m price tag, Markovic arrived with bags of potential. Question is if he's shown any yet. Not really. In fact, nothing has vindicated that price tag of his in the nine games he’s played, but I’m guessing it’s because he’s more for the future than he is for the present. Maybe one to revisit later. 2/10

Javier Manquillo

On loan from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, Manquillo was presumably brought in for cover at right-back, but has found himself with 10 appearances already for Liverpool due to Brendan Rodgers rotating the role with Glen Johnson. Despite his inexperience, the Spaniard looks more solid in defence than Johnson so far, and he could be looking at more starts and maybe even a permanent move if he impresses further. 6/10