2) As the article suggests - most of his "failures" were kids being brought for the reserve/youth team or players being bought in to be resold at a profit later. His transfers include - Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Dirk Kuyt, Peter Crouch, Lucas Leiva, Martin Skrtel, Craig Bellamy, Luis Garcia, Jose Reina, Dan Agger, Yossi Benayoun, Dani Pacheco, Javier Mascherano, Raheem Sterling, Jay Spearing, Martin Kelly, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Aurelio, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson.
3) 3+ years, 3 managers and hundreds of millions of pounds later and half a dozen of our first team were players signed by Rafa.
As I've said before, he made mistakes but to believe that his transfer record was a disaster is ignoring the facts (sorry!).
I wonder how long it will be before another Liverpool manager reaches two CL finals?