Though a revitalised Liverpool team under Jurgen Klopp has become one of the most feared forces in world football through a mixture of big-name signings and shrewd youthful recruitment, it's fair to say that the Reds haven't always had a reputation for good transfer business.
A common defect of the Liverpool sides that previously came close to winning the Premier League was that they were often comprised of legitimately world-class players rubbing shoulders with, well, distinctly not so world-class talents. For every diamond in the rough that demonstrated their ability at Anfield, there would be three distinctly average players that failed to leave an impression on the Kop.
After all, Liverpool is the team that pulled off a masterstroke in signing the often unplayable Luis Suarez for the relatively inexpensive price of just over £20 million, whilst also inexplicably shelling out £35 million on the very same day for the Geordie giant Andy Carroll.
You don't need me to tell you which of those transfers turned out a success...
With that in mind, it's time to delve into some of the strangest transfer dealings in the history of Liverpool football club.
10. Craig Bellamy
It's worth mentioning that Craig Bellamy's entry on this list does not refer to his first spell on Merseyside in 2006, during which he enjoyed a brief, but successful spell, reaching the Champions League final before being deemed surplus to requirements and moving to West Ham.
Bellamy's return to Liverpool in 2011 was a lot more surprising. After all, he had just spent the year on loan at Championship club Cardiff, and while still possessing an eye for goal, injuries had depleted the blistering pace for which he was once known. Still, with King Kenny back at the helm, the Welsh striker didn't think twice about a return to Anfield.
The strangeness of a team hoping to contend for the league title signing an ageing squad player notwithstanding, Bellamy actually outperformed expectations in many ways, and though he featured predominantly as a squad player, the Welshman proved to be a capable hand when he was called upon before signing permanently for Cardiff at the end of the season.