47 players Jurgen Klopp has sold at Liverpool – and where they are now
Jurgen Klopp’s six years and counting on the red half of Merseyside have been a unanimous success for everyone associated with Liverpool.
From securing their sixth Champions League title in 2019, to the drama of lifting their first ever Premier League title, ending a 30-year drought, Klopp has guided Liverpool to some of the best moments in the club’s history.
Six years is a long time to stay at the helm of any top-flight club, let alone one that has aspirations of winning the league every year, so how has the former Borussia Dortmund boss kept the Anfield hot seat warm for so long? His ruthless streak.
Klopp has had no trouble in axing players from his squad – even some of the club's biggest names (see: Phillipe Coutinho).
In just over half a decade in the dug-out, Jurgen Klopp has bid farewell to 47 different players, accumulating just over £400m in player sales for the club, here is what they are up to now:
The Spanish full-back made 76 appearances for Liverpool before being sold to Real Zaragoza five years after he joined. He retired in 2017 due to a persistent knee injury, before revealing the following year he had been diagnosed with chordoma, a rare brain tumour.
Luckily, following surgery, he announced he had been given the all-clear in April 2019.
Despite spending the best part of his Premier League career at Arsenal, Toure enjoyed three seasons at Anfield before joining up with former boss Brendan Rodgers at Celtic. Having retired in 2017, Toure now finds himself as part of Rodgers backroom staff at Leicester City.
Rossiter joined the Reds when he was six years old, spending 13 years on Merseyside before eventually being sold to Rangers following one appearance for Liverpool. Still only at the ripe age of 23, Rossiter currently plies his trade for League One outfit Fleetwood Town.
João Carlos Teixeira
Born in Braga, Portugal, Teixeira spent the majority of his youth career at two of his nation's biggest clubs in Braga and Sporting, he caught the eye of Liverpool who parted ways with £830,000 for his services. Three years, two appearances and two loan stints later, it is fair to say his time in Liverpool did not work out. He can now be spotted in the middle of the park for Dutch giants Feyenoord.
Pinched from West Bromwich Albion’s academy aged just 14, Sinclair was already drawing comparisons with Raheem Sterling. Sadly, he only made two first team appearances, and is now on loan to Hungarian side CSKA Sofia from parent club Watford.
A hot prospect back in the day, Liverpool spent £1m on an 18-year-old Yesil after just five appearances in senior football. His time at Anfield passed by with little to note, and the German U-19 international now plays for lowly German outfit FC Homburg.
Signed from Barcelona in 2013, Canos was lauded by many to have great potential. Despite making just one appearance for Liverpool before departing, Canos is now a regular in Brentford’s side; meaning Canos could be Prem-bound very soon.
One of the most successful names on this list, the Slovakian international made 242 appearances in eight years at Liverpool, scoring some important goals as well as winning Liverpool’s player of the year in 2012.
He is currently without a club after agreeing to terminate his contract with Turkish side Istanbul Başakşehir following a rupture in his achilles tendon.
Having made 41 appearances for Liverpool and scoring just once, many were astounded when the Reds managed to secure £15m for Jordan Ibe from Bournemouth. He joined Derby permanently last year, and recently revealed on Instagram that he is battling depression.
After becoming an integral part of the Swansea City team that secured promotion to the Premier League, Allen joined Liverpool in 2012 where he featured 91 times in four years. The Welsh international went on to have better luck at Stoke City, where he still plays today, with 160 appearances under his belt.
Born in Australia, Smith moved to England at 14 where he was quickly snapped up by Liverpool. Making just five first team appearances, Smith now finds himself stateside under contract to the Seattle Sounders.
Many saw Liverpool’s acquisition of the Belgian striker as a shrewd bit of business at £32m following his impressive stint at Aston Villa; however, he failed to truly take to Merseyside and was offloaded to Crystal Palace after just one year, he remains at Selhurst Park today.
Yet another Spaniard on the list who failed to make the grade at Anfield, Alberto made just nine appearances for Liverpool before being sold to Lazio one year later.
He has established himself as a regular fixture in the side and has notched 22 goals in 126 appearances. It has been a turbulent few months for Alberto, after he tested positive for COVID-19 in October 2020 before being rushed to hospital with appendicitis in January 2021.
One of the Premier League’s most divisive figures, heads were turned when Balotelli joined Liverpool in 2014. The move failed, and the Italian scored just one goal in two years.
Despite possessing wonderful skill, Balotelli is now at Serie B side Monza alongside former teammate Kevin Prince-Boateng – the club is owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Illori was signed by Liverpool after impressing for Portuguese side Sporting’s B team, however, despite spending four years at the club he failed to make a single appearance. Illori joined FC Lorient on loan from Sporting this month.
Born and raised in Liverpool, Dunn lived the dream of every local lad when he signed for the Reds in 2015. He joined Tranmere Rovers in 2017 following his release, and is now on loan at Southport FC.
Having seemingly departed English football in 2002 when he left Arsenal, it came as a shock to many when Manninger signed a short team deal with Liverpool 14 years later. Manninger made no appearances for Klopp’s side and left just under a year later, announcing his retirement from football.
Wisdom was one of the few to progress through the Liverpool academy and have a decent spell in the first team, making 17 appearances. He was sold to Derby County in 2017, and remains at the Rams to date. In June of last year, Wisdom was taken to hospital after being stabbed in an "unprovoked assault and robbery" while visiting relatives in Toxteth, Liverpool.
A cult hero on the red half of Merseyside, Leiva was a stalwart in the Liverpool midfield for ten years before eventually swapping Liverpool for Lazio. He departed having made 242 appearances and scoring just once, coming against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Still a relatively young shot-stopper, Fulton joined Liverpool’s academy set up in 2007 aged just nine. He signed his first professional contract in 2015, before eventually joining Hamilton Academical following his Liverpool departure. He is still in between the sticks for the Scottish side to date.
Signed from Tottenham Hotspur in 2014, Stewart made 11 appearances for his boyhood club before Liverpool reportedly received £8m for his services from Hull City, where he spent three years before joining Blackpool last month.
A graduate of the Paris-Saint Germain academy, Sakho joined Liverpool from the French giants in 2013 for a fee rumoured to be worth £18m. He spent four years at Anfield, before joining up with former teammate Christian Benteke at Crystal Palace. Liverpool him sold for a profit with Palace splashing £24m on the central defender.
Phillipe Coutinho’s career CV reads like a who’s who of some of European football’s biggest clubs.
Signed from Inter Milan in 2013, Coutinho would go on to be a revelation at Anfield, scoring 41 goals in 152 appearances, before being sold for a staggering £142m to Barcelona, who have since loaned him to German powerhouses Bayern Munich, where he won the 2020 Champions League – knocking out parent club Barca on the way.
Originally an exciting youth prospect for fierce rivals Manchester United and Manchester City, Brannagan joined Liverpool in 2014. Four injury hit years on Merseyside restricted him to just three first team appearances, before signing for Oxford United in 2018.
Fondly remembered for his jaw-dropping bicycle kick away at Watford, Can featured 115 times in four years for the Reds, before joining Italian giants Juventus in 2018. He has since returned to his home country of Germany to play for Borussia Dortmund.
One of many goalkeepers to feature on this list, Ward made just two appearances in six years at the club. He embarked on three different loan spells while at Liverpool, before eventually joining Leicester City permanently in 2018. Despite only featuring twice, Liverpool managed to secure £12m from Leicester for his services.
An Estonian international since 2003, Klavan was recruited to bring some much-needed experience to the Liverpool backline. Signed for £5m, Klavan is the most expensive Estonian footballer of all time. He made 39 appearances for Liverpool in two years before eventually being sold to Serie A outfit Caligari in 2018.
Purchased from league rivals Chelsea for around £3m, Solanke failed to hit the heights expected of him at Anfield – scoring once in 21 appearances. Remarkably, Liverpool managed to agree a fee of around £19m with Bournemouth, where Solanke has been since 2019.
Purchased for £20m, Markovic never managed to get his Liverpool career of the ground, appearing just 19 times in five years, bagging two goals. He was eventually sold to Fulham in 2019 for free. Liverpool rarely fail to make a profit on signings, but not even their powers of persuasion could tempt anyone to spend on Markovic.
A talented young Portuguese winger, Camacho is one of the few players axed by Klopp who may still have his best years ahead of him. Only 20 years old, Camacho already has stints at the academies of Sporting, Manchester City and Liverpool under his belt. Making just one first team appearance, Camacho was offloaded back to Sporting for £7m in 2019, where he now regularly features for their B side.
A successful career that could have reached even further heights were it not so blighted by injuries.
Spending the bulk of his time in the Prem for Manchester City, Chelsea and Bolton, Sturridge joined Liverpool in 2013, where he went on to score half a century of goals in 116 appearances.
On 18 July 2019, Sturridge was banned from football for six weeks, four of which were suspended, for breaching betting rules after instructing his brother to bet on a possible move to Sevilla. He did join Turkish side Trabzonspor in 2019, but his contract was terminated following the breach of betting rules.
Much like many other modern full-backs, Moreno was often praised more for his offensive abilities than his defensive ones. Signed from Sevilla in 2014, Moreno struggled to find consistency in his performances during his five-year stay at Liverpool, he came away with a Champions League winners medal before returning to Spain to join La Liga side Villareal.
A much maligned goalkeeper, Bogdan only featured twice in four years at Liverpool, constantly falling behind Simon Mignolet and Allison in the pecking order. He joined Scottish side Hibernian in 2019, but left before making a single appearance.
Another Merseyside born player; Randall made four appearances in four years for Liverpool after graduating from the academy. He originally left Liverpool to join Bulgarian side Arda Kardzhali in 2019, but swiftly returned to the UK to sign for Ross County in Scotland last year.
Despite never nailing down a regular first team place at Liverpool, Ings has gone on to prove he is one of the finest marksmen in the Premier League with Southampton. Shaking off numerous injuries throughout his career, Ings is now in the frame for a place at this summer’s Euros with England.
Mignolet’s time at Liverpool can undoubtedly be considered a success, the former Southampton shot-stopper spent six years on Merseyside and gave the Anfield faithful plenty of memorable moments, none more so than the penalty save on his debut against his former side.
Joining the Liverpool set-up at the age of seven, Kent failed to make a single first team appearance in his 11 years at the club. He went on to join Rangers permanently in 2019, where he is thriving under the guidance of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
One of the few young players to leave Liverpool under a cloud, Duncan accused the club of bullying before he signed for Italian outfit Fiorentina. Liverpool denied the claims, while Duncan has since returned to the English football pyramid after joining Derby in 2020.
Allan Rodrigues de Souza
Signed in 2015 for £500,000 after impressing Liverpool’s scouts, de Souza spent half a decade at the Reds without a sniff of first team action, he returned to his home country of Brazil to join Atletico Mineiro in 2020.
Signed alongside fellow Spaniard Sergi Canos, Chirivella had similar like in terms of first team minutes. Featuring just once in the Premier League in four years at the club, he joined French side Nantes in 2020 following his contract expiring at Liverpool.
Having remained almost always fit in his first few years, the back end of Clyne’s latter days at Liverpool were marred by continuing injury problems. After making zero appearances in the side that would go on to lift the title in 2020, Liverpool eventually confirmed his contract would not be renewed. He has since re-joined Crystal Palace.
Spending just one campaign at Liverpool, the veteran goalkeeper was signed as back-up after an injury crisis left Liverpool short in the sticks. Though he made the bench at the FIFA Club World Cup, Lonergan made no appearances and left at the end of the 19-20 season.
A defender that often divides opinion, Lovren enjoyed six years at Liverpool with Premier League and Champions League winners' medals to match. The Reds made £10m from his departure after the Croation international joined Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg.
A talented midfielder when fit, Lallana is perhaps best remembered by Liverpool fans for his equaliser away at Manchester United in 2019. He departed on a free transfer to fellow Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.
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