Every first-team player Liverpool sold or released in 2019 & how they’ve fared

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After securing the Premier League title in 2019-20, Liverpool probably don’t regret selling some of their first-team players last summer. 

Jurgen Klopp has shown his ruthless streak at Anfield, but what has come of the players who were deemed surplus to requirements.

After looking at the academy graduates who were released by the club in 2019, we’ve now taken a look at the first-team players who were sold or released to see how they’ve fared.

Adam Bogdan

Bogdan was released by Liverpool in 2019, having made just six senior appearances in all competitions for the club.

The goalkeeper then signed a short-term contract with Hibernian, but failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Scottish side in 2019-20.

After being released for the second consecutive summer, he returned to his native Hungary and joined Ferencvaros in 2020.

Alberto Moreno

Moreno fell behind Andy Robertson in the pecking order at Anfield and joined Villarreal at the expiration of his Liverpool contract.

“My gratitude too to the city, which embraced me as one of its own from day one and which will live on in my memory whenever I look at my son, Alberto Jr, a Liverpudlian himself,” Moreno said in 2019.

“Finally a very special thank you to the club’s superb fans, who always supported me. I wish you all at Liverpool FC the greatest successes. Wherever life takes me from here, I will always carry you in my heart and forever be a fan.”

Injuries restricted the left-back to just 18 La Liga appearances in 2019-20, but we think it’s been an undoubted success for this clearance alone.

Daniel Sturridge

Injury problems derailed Sturridge’s time at Anfield, and he was eventually released by the club in 2019.

The striker then joined Turkish side Trabzonspor on a free transfer, scoring seven goals in 16 appearances in all competitions.

But his contract was terminated by mutual agreement in March 2020 after receiving a four-month worldwide ban for breaching betting rules.

Rafael Camacho

Camacho had just one minute of Premier League football to his name at Liverpool and rejoined Sporting Lisbon in search of regular first-team opportunities.

“I want to win titles here at Sporting and show myself to the world as a player,” Camacho told Record in November 2019.

“I was proud when I returned to Sporting. I left here very young (aged 13), thinking about returning one day to play in the first team; it was my dream since I was a child.

“And when I was given the opportunity to come back, I didn’t think twice.”

The winger made 28 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20 and has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Chelsea reportedly vying for his signature.

Danny Ings

Ings spent four years at Liverpool but found his time at the club severely hampered by injuries, making just 25 appearances in all competitions.

After a successful loan spell at Southampton in 2018-19, he then joined the club on a permanent deal for a fee of £20million.

The 28-year-old is proving to be a bargain for the Saints after scoring 22 goals in 38 Premier League appearances in 2019-20.

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet never quite convinced during his six years with Liverpool and joined Club Brugge in a £6.5million deal in 2019.

The goalkeeper kept 16 clean sheets in 27 Jupiler Pro League games in 2019-20, with his side declared Belgian champions after the remainder of the season was cancelled.

“We got a text message. You can’t really do too much,” Mignolet told the Times in May 2020. “I drank a glass of champagne with the family and that was it basically.

“Yes [we feel like champions]. The only difference is that you obviously want to celebrate it on a pitch after a victory and celebrate with your team-mates, the fans, the staff and the club – but we have to accept what time we are in at this moment and that isn’t possible.”

Ryan Kent

Kent came through the academy at Liverpool and secured a £7.5million switch to Rangers in 2019 after impressing during a loan spell at Ibrox.

The winger has struggled with inconsistency but still scored eight goals in 33 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20, including the opener in Rangers’ 2-1 win against Celtic in December 2019.

Allan

After joining Liverpool in 2015, Allan had six separate loan spells away from the club and failed to make a senior appearance for the Reds.

The midfielder joined Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on a permanent deal in January 2020, but was sent off on his debut for the club.


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