The 20 Liverpool players sold by Rodgers and how they’ve fared since

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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his sides' fifth goal of the game with Luis Suarez during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London. 15 December 2013.

Brendan Rodgers spent three years at Liverpool, and while there was exciting football to be had, they couldn’t manage any trophies during his tenure.

After joining the Reds in 2012, Rodgers made 31 new signings and also sold several players before being replaced by Jurgen Klopp in 2015.

We’ve taken a look at the 20 players he sold as Liverpool manager to see how they’ve subsequently fared. Note: we’ve not included players that left on free transfers.

Dirk Kuyt

A Liverpool fan favourite, Kuyt joined Fenerbahce in 2012, before moving on to his former club Feyenoord three years later.

He scored a hat-trick on the final day of the 2016-17 season to secure their first Eredivisie title since 1999 and then retired three days later.

READ: Dirk Kuyt, Liverpool’s big-game hero and embodiment of the Benitez era

Alberto Aquilani

Aquilani failed to live up to expectations at Liverpool and was loaned out to Juventus and AC Milan before being sold to Fiorentina in 2012.

The midfielder had claimed Liverpool’s demands prevented him from joining the aforementioned Italian giants, but Fiorentina revealed that he cost them just €790,000.

He also had brief spells at Sporting Lisbon, Pescara and Las Palmas before hanging up his boots in 2019.

Charlie Adam

After leaving Liverpool, Adam made 178 appearances during his seven years at Stoke City before joining Reading in 2019.

The 36year-old is now captain at Dundee. The legs may go, but Adam’s divine set-pieces are never leaving.

Andy Carroll

Having gone on loan to West Ham United, Carroll joined the Hammers permanently in 2013 before returning to his boyhood club Newcastle United in 2019.

He scored one goal in 43 appearances in his second stint with the Magpies and was released after two years. After a short spell with Reading, Big Andy’s now been reunited with Steve Bruce at West Brom.

The striker’s injury struggles have continued throughout his career, but he has had his fair share of big performances, including the hat-trick he scored against Arsenal during West Ham’s final season at Upton Park.

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Jonjo Shelvey

Petulance has been one of the first traits linked to Shelvey throughout the majority of his career, but he seems to finally be stepping away from disciplinary problems, as he hasn’t been sent off since 2017.

When leaving Anfield in 2013, the midfielder first joined Swansea City, before moving to Newcastle three years later, finding the place that has helped him calm down.

After coasting for years, the Newcastle takeover and a threat to his place in the team – either that or the coaching of Eddie Howe, who knows – Shelvey’s currently enjoying his best form in years.

Jay Spearing

Spearing came through the academy at Liverpool but failed to make the grade at Anfield and joined Bolton on a permanent deal in 2013.

The midfielder spent four years with the Trotters before joining Blackpool and currently plays for hometown club Tranmere Rovers.

Stewart Downing

Downing kept going until the age of 37, only eventually hanging up his boots at Blackburn Rovers last summer.

Like Carroll, the winger’s route out of Liverpool was to Upton Park, but he didn’t last as long, leaving for Middlesbrough in 2015, where he would experience both promotion and relegation.

Luis Suarez

198 goals in 283 appearances for Barcelona – it took him just six seasons to become their third all-time top scorer. In that time he won four league titles, four Copa del Rey, and the Champions League.

Then he went to Atletico Madrid and fired them to the league title at Barca’s expense.

You could say he’s done alright. Liverpool Suarez was still peak Suarez to us, though.

Luis Suarez

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Conor Coady

When Coady left Liverpool for Huddersfield Town in 2014, it will have been hard to believe he’d reach the levels he has now.

The Wolves captain is an England international and was even linked to a move back to Anfield for a time. It’s safe to say he’s done pretty well for himself.

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Pepe Reina

Following his time at Anfield, Reina has been at Bayern Munich, AC Milan and Aston Villa, but it is Napoli where he will be most fondly remembered. He’s now at Lazio, still going at 39.

Martin Kelly

Kelly’s managed to forge a solid career away from Anfield, racking up over 100 appearances for a resolute Crystal Palace side.

However, just three of those have come since the start of the 2020-21 season, and it doesn’t appear as though the injury-plagued 31-year-old features in Patrick Vieira’s plans at Selhurst Park.

Jack Robinson

The 28-year-old had to work hard and show patience to get back into the Premier League, playing for Championship sides Queens Park Rangers, Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest across six years.

He’s now with Sheffield United. Having waited so long to get back into the top tier, the defender suffered relegation with Blades last season but is now an important player under Paul Heckingbottom as the South Yorkshire outfit aim to bounce straight back.

READ: Jack Robinson on leaving Liverpool, Suarez, Sterling and life at QPR

Daniel Agger

Agger spent eight years at Liverpool but rejoined his previous club Brondby IF in 2014 after admitting that he was no longer able to cope with the demands of Premier League football.

The defender continued to be hampered by injuries, and he announced his retirement at the age of 31 due to an over-reliance on anti-inflammatories.

READ: ‘It was like I belonged’: How Daniel Agger became a Liverpool cult hero

Oussama Assaidi

It’s easy to forget that the Morocco international ever played for Liverpool in the first place.

Assaidi made just 12 Premier League appearances for the club and left to join Shabab Al-Ahli in Dubai in 2015, before signing for Twente two years later.

He’s been without a club since leaving the Eredivisie side in 2019.


After leaving Liverpool in 2014, Suso initially went to AC Milan, making over 150 appearances for the Serie A side.

The Spain international joined Sevilla on a permanent deal in 2020, having won the Europa League with the Spanish outfit during his loan spell in 2019-20.

Sebastian Coates

Coates was one of many Liverpool defenders who would fail to have the desired impact before Jurgen Klopp came.

Having been loaned out to Sunderland, the Uruguay international made the move permanent in 2015 but left for Sporting Lisbon two years later.

The 31-year-old made Lisbon his home and is finally a first-team regular, having made over 200 appearances for the club. He played a vital role in helping deliver the league title last term.

Iago Aspas

Aspas’ time at Liverpool is characterised by that shocking moment where he completely messed up a corner kick, trying to play it short but just passing the ball straight to Chelsea’s Willian.

The forward rebuilt his reputation in Spain, impressing at Sevilla before becoming a hero at Celta Vigo, who he has scored over 150 goals for.

Raheem Sterling

He ended up doing pretty well for himself, much to the annoyance of many Liverpool fans.

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Rickie Lambert

Lambert only lasted one year at Anfield, and spells of the same length at West Brom and Cardiff City ensued before his retirement in 2017.

Fabio Borini

Since leaving Liverpool, Borini has played for Sunderland, AC Milan and Hellas Verona, becoming a popular figure at all three clubs.

He was seen as the ultimate utility man for a short while at Milan, but he left the San Siro in 2020 and is now turning out for Turkish club Fatih Karagumruk.

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