The problem was, Rafa couldn't make a signing like Keane (who was sold 6 months later for pretty much similar value, oh and we finished 2nd that season. Thanks Robbie) and afford it to fail- other managers could, well the ones challenging could.
Torres. Profit. Alonso. Profit. Mascherano. Profit. Agger, key player. Skrtel, key player. Johnson, key player. Lucas, key player. Kuyt, boss. Even the likes of Bellamy and Crouch helped LFC to a Champions League final.
Oh, Riera wasn't a bad signing at all- that shows your knowledge. He was a key player on the left side in the season where LFC finished 2nd. Then he decided to give a youngster a slap in training. Goodbye, Albert.
Dossena was signed for less cash than Bebe. Enough said, stop whining.
Aquilani was Rafa's downfall- it was a huge mistake, even if he was only 5 million pounds. The rest was based on appearences, that he never made. So the 35 million from Alonso went nowhere. Hmm...