Liverpool were comprehensively routed by Swansea in a 3-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Anfield, with the Swans also above the Reds in the Premier League at the time of writing. Brendan Rodgers complained after the match that Liverpool have a "very thin squad", but he was able to bring in new players over the summer, making his gripe a little hollow. Swansea, meanwhile, fielded several of their own summer signings at Anfield and made some of Rodgers' acquisitions look below par, but does the Reds boss have a right to complain, or - like his predecessors - has he squandered more of the club's money? talkSPORT compares the recent transfer business of both clubs…
Name: Jose Manuel Flores Moreno (better known as 'Chico')
Signed from: Genoa
Value for money so far: 6/10
Swansea defender Chico has been something of a journeyman for the majority of his career, working his way through the youth ranks at Cadiz, then spending time in the Barcelona B team that gained promotion to the Spanish second division under Pep Guardiola. His last move prior to joining Swansea saw him make his way to Genoa in 2010, but his time in Italy wasn't particularly fruitful either. A loan spell at Real Mallorca allowed him to get to know current boss Michael Laudrup, who spent a short-lived spell in charge of the islanders. The Dane didn't forget the defender and ,perhaps keeping in mind Chico's experience at Barcelona's reserves, decided to bring him to Swansea, whose football is heavily influenced by that of the Catalans. The defender has played seven games with the Swans so far and, though he got off to something of a slow start - including being sent off against Sunderland - the Spaniard has grown in confidence as the season has progressed. Chico produced a solid display at both ends against Liverpool, even scoring a goal with a towering header, and could be a shrewd signing for the Swans if he can adapt fully to the Premier League, costing them little to bring in from Italy.
Name: Pablo Hernandez
Signed from: Valencia
Value for money so far: 6/10
There was a time when Pablo Hernandez was spoken of in the same breath as Juan Mata and David Silva, one of a bright group of young players at Valencia seemingly destined for greatness. His brilliant form at Valencia in his early years even saw him make four appearances for Spain, but in recent seasons Hernandez has taken his foot off the pedal somewhat. As perhaps would be expected, upon arriving at Swansea the attacker has looked like a player slightly short of confidence, but, like Chico, he has gradually improved to the point of delivering a dangerous display against Liverpool. At times, Pablo and Michu dominated Liverpool with their interplay and after having several shots saved, the former Valencia man rounded off a good night with an assist for Nathan Dyer. If he can build on his Liverpool showing and recapture the brilliance he produced at times in his youth, Pablo could be a key player at Swansea.
Name: Miguel Perez Cuesta (better known as 'Michu')
Signed from: Rayo Vallecano
Value for money so far: 10/10
Though somewhat unknown on these shores before his arrival, Michu became a cult hero in Spain last season following his brilliant displays for plucky minnows Rayo Vallecano. The midfielder's relentless energy and skill even led to chants of 'Michu seleccion' ('Michu for the national team!') when he played, so when Swansea managed to land him for a meagre £2m ahead of the bigger Spanish sides, a few eyebrows were raised. Michu hit the ground running at Swansea, pulling the strings from the moment he set foot on the pitch with his new team mates, and with seven goals in 10 appearances so far, he has proven a goal scorer as well as creator. Arguably the Premier League signing of the summer in light of the paltry sum paid for his services.
Name: Fabio Borini
Signed from: Roma
Value for money so far: 4/10
Having previously worked with Brendan Rodgers at Swansea and Chelsea's reserves, it wasn't too much of a surprise when Liverpool signed Fabio Borini in the summer window, but his £10.5m fee has so far looked hard to justify. The Italian struggled his way through some lacklustre performances before picking up an injury while on international duty that has him ruled out until January. With only a solitary goal in the Europa League to his name so far at Liverpool, Borini did little to take the goal scoring pressure off Luis Suarez's shoulders. Perhaps Michu would have been a better option.
Name: Oussama Assaidi
Signed from: Heerenveen
Value for money so far: 6/10
Oussama Assaidi looks great on YouTube, but at Liverpool the winger has had few opportunities to shine. His best display came in a Europa league tie against Russian outfit Anzhi, although he has a worrying tendency to try and beat a player twice before releasing the ball. As previously mentioned, Liverpool desperately need goals from someone other than Suarez, so any attacking signing can expect to be scrutinised in that department and Assaidi doesn't look like much of a goal threat. He's got bags of skill, but he'll need more than that to be a key player for Liverpool, and it certainly wasn't enough when he played against Swansea.
Name: Joe Allen
Signed from: Swansea City
Value for money so far: 8/10
The one Brendan Rodgers signing to really impress at Anfield. Joe Allen barely skipped a beat in the transition between Swansea and Liverpool, and has proven absolutely essential in importing the Rodgers system to the Reds. Always available for a pass, rare misplacing his own, and proving impossible to replace in the Reds team, it's likely that Allen will rack up a large number of games for the club come the end of the season. It's easy to see why Rodgers has so much faith in the Welshman.
Something Liverpool and Swansea both have in common is that one of their summer transfers looks a cut above the rest, with both Michu and Joe Allen essential for their respective sides. While Chico and Pablo Hernandez are growing in confidence with each game and the jury is still out on Assaidi, Fabio Borini has been a disappointing signing for the Reds so far given he has been tasked with adding goals, and that's where Liverpool fall down in comparison to Swansea. Borini was unfortunate to get injured and that will only hinder the speed of his development at Anfield, but given time under Brendan Rodgers he can still come good. As previously mentioned, though, had Liverpool opted for the far cheaper Michu ahead of Borini, not only would they have more goals among their ranks, but more class, too.
Do you agree? Did Swansea make better signings in the summer than Liverpool, and would Michu have been a better player for the Reds than Borini? Comment below...