Liverpool’s 10 most expensive sales – & how they fared after leaving

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho playing against Leicester City. King Power Stadium, September 2017.

Liverpool have become one of the best teams in the world under Jurgen Klopp, meaning very few players want to leave Anfield.

But there have been a few occasions in the Premier League era where Liverpool have agreed to sell a player in a big-money deal.

We’ve looked at Liverpool’s 10 most expensive outgoings according to Transfermarkt to see how they fared after leaving Anfield.

10. Javier Mascherano

After Liverpool finished the 2009-10 season in seventh place. Mascherano famously refused to play in a game against Manchester City and forced a £17.25million move to Barcelona.

While he later admitted that he regretted the nature of his departure, the midfielder definitely didn’t regret his decision to join the Spanish giants.

The former Argentina international made 334 appearances during his seven and a half trophy-laden years at Camp Nou, winning five La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and five Copas del Rey.

He joined Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune in January 2018 before seeing out his playing career at Estudiantes in his native Argentina. 

9. Dominic Solanke

Despite only scoring once in 27 games for Liverpool, Solanke still did enough to convince Bournemouth that he was worth £19million in January 2019. 

The striker continued to struggle in front of goal and his three Premier League goals in 2019-20 weren’t enough to prevent their relegation to the Championship.

But he seems to have found his feet in the second tier, registering 33 goals and 10 assists in his first 65 Championship appearances.  

8. Danny Ings

Ings joined Liverpool as a highly-rated striker in the summer of 2015 but was plagued by injury problems during his time at Anfield, making just 25 appearances for the Reds.

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

He scored 38 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions over the following two seasons before completing a £25million move to Aston Villa in 2021.

The 29-year-old has made a promising start to his Villa career and is now working under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

7. Mamadou Sakho

Sakho spent four seasons at Liverpool before a string of disciplinary issues culminated in his £26million move to Crystal Palace in 2017.

The centre-back was a popular figure at Selhurst Park but struggled with injury problems, starting just 59 Premier League games during his four full seasons at the club.

After being released at the end of the 2020-21 season, he returned to his native France signed a contract with Ligue 1 side Montpellier.

6. Christian Benteke

Signed for £32.5 million in 2015, Benteke spent just one solitary season at Liverpool before being sold to Crystal Palace at a £5.5million loss.

The Belgium international made an immediate impact with 17 goals in all competitions in his debut season, including a brace in a 2-1 win at Anfield.

He then scored just six goals over the following three seasons but rediscovered his best form in 2020-21 and is now a key part of Patrick Vieira’s side.

5. Xabi Alonso

After falling out with Rafa Benitez, Alonso ended his five-year stay on Merseyside and completed a £30million move to Real Madrid in 2009.

The former Spain international continued to exclude class during his five years at the Bernabeu, helping Los Blancos pick up a La Liga title, the Champions League and two Copas del Rey.

He then added to his already well-stocked trophy cabinet when he joined Bayern Munich in 2014, winning three consecutive Bundesliga titles before hanging up his boots in 2017.

Spain legend Xabi Alonso

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4. Raheem Sterling

Sterling, who joined Liverpool for an initial £450,000 from QPR as a 15-year-old, worked his way through the academy and formed part of a deadly attacking trio alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in 2013-14.

But he angered Liverpool fans by refusing to sign a new contract in 2015 and then made an acrimonious £49million move to Manchester City. 

The 27-year-old has since developed into one of the best wingers in the world under Pep Guardiola, winning three Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup at City.

Sterling also starred for England at Euro 2020 and recently became just the 32nd player to score 100 Premier League goals.

3. Fernando Torres

Torres was at the peak of his powers during his time at Anfield, scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances before joining Chelsea in a £50million deal in January 2011.

The striker was unable to replicate that form at Stamford Bridge, but he helped Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy for the first time in their history, scoring that memorable goal against Barcelona in the semi-final of the competition. 

He later spent three seasons back at boyhood club Atletico Madrid before finishing his career in Japan with Sagan Tosu in 2019.

READ: A tribute to Liverpool-era Fernando Torres, a striker who could do it all

2. Luis Suarez

Suarez was the subject of a £40million bid from Arsenal in 2013 but ultimately remained at Liverpool and nearly fired them to the title, scoring 31 goals in 33 Premier League games in 2013-14.

The Uruguay international then agitated for a move to Barcelona and Liverpool reluctantly accepted a £75million bid, although they didn’t reinvest that money very well. 

Despite missing the start of the 2014-15 campaign due to a suspension carried over from a biting incident at the World Cup, he helped propel Barcelona to the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble as part of the famed MSN attacking trio. 

The striker continued to impress and became the club’s third-highest goalscorer of all time by scoring 198 goals in 283 appearances in all competitions.

After being discarded by Ronald Koeman in 2020, the 34-year-old moved to Atletico Madrid and won a fifth La Liga title in his debut season.

1. Philippe Coutinho

After their success with Mascherano and Suarez, Barcelona returned to the Liverpool shop in January 2018 as they searched for Andres Iniesta’s long-term replacement.

The Spanish giants agreed to pay a club-record £142million for Coutinho, who had developed into one of the best midfielders in the world under Klopp.

But the Brazil international has failed to justify that huge price tag and was even jeered by Barcelona fans at Camp Nou in 2019.

He does still have two La Liga winners’ medals to his name and also won the treble during his season on loan at Bayern Munich in 2019-20.

Coutinho returned to the Premier League in January 2022, joining Aston Villa on loan in search of regular first-team football.


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