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Torreira, Shaqiri and Wilshere: Best and worst Premier League transfers of the 2018/19 season so far

We pick out five who have proven decent value and five who have been a waste of money

The halfway point in the season is upon us, and that means it's a fair time to pass judgement on the summer signings in the English Premier League.

A huge amount was once again splashed out before the transfer window shut in August – and not all clubs spent wisely.

Of course, many have been a success, including some at the upper end of the price list, such as Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, whose save at the end of the recent Uefa Champions League victory over Napoli was likened to him scoring the winning goal and had manager Jurgen Klopp purring.

However, he did follow it up with a glaring error against Manchester United which led to a goal for Jesse Lingard.

Still, Liverpool are now four points clear at the top of the table and finally look like the complete package with the Brazilian installed in goal.

Mention should also go to another goalkeeper, Joe Hart at Burnley, who cost just £3.5 million (Dh16.2m) from Manchester City but has shown signs of regaining the consistent form which made him England No 1 for many years. Unfortunately for him, Burnley are just two points off the foot of the table.

One more who hasn't made the top five best buys but came close is West Ham United's Felipe Anderson, who cost around £40m from Lazio.

It took him until his eighth appearance to get off the mark, but he's now scored six times, many of them impressive strikes, to propel the Hammers up the table.

You can see the five best signings at the top of the screen, while below are the five worst.

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