The £270 million profit Liverpool have made in sales due to Michael Edwards

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While Liverpool have made some brilliant bargain buys in recent years, their ability to sell players for more than their value is just as impressive. 

Jurgen Klopp has helped transform Liverpool’s fortunes on the pitch but Michael Edwards has been receiving a lot of praise for their success in the transfer market.

We’ve looked at the 16 players Liverpool have made a profit on since Edwards became their sporting director in November 2016.

Harry Wilson

A Liverpool academy graduate, Wilson only made two appearances for their first team and both came in domestic cup competitions.

The Wales international enjoyed loan spells at Crewe, Hull, Derby, Bournemouth and Cardiff, becoming renowned for his stunning long-range goals.

Having rejected a £12million bid from Burnley in 2020, Liverpool have now agreed to sell him to Fulham for the same price a year later.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Despite joining Liverpool for a fee of around £400,000 in 2015, Awoniyi never played for the Reds due to his inability to secure a UK work permit.

The striker spent his entire Liverpool career out on loan, most recently making 22 appearances for Bundesliga side Union Berlin in 2020-21.

After helping them qualify for the new UEFA Conference League, he’s now made the move permanent in a £6.5million deal.

Marko Grujic

Grujic became Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager in January 2016, joining the Reds in a £5.1million deal from Red Star Belgrade.

But the midfielder only played 508 minutes for the club in all competitions, spending time on loan at Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin and Porto.

Despite only playing a peripheral role for the Portuguese giants in 2020-21, Grujic clearly made a good impression as Porto have agreed to pay £10.5million for his services.

Kamil Grabara

Signed from Ruch Chorzów for £250,000 in 2016, Grabara impressed for Liverpool’s youth teams but never made a first-team appearance for the club.

The goalkeeper had loan spells at AGF and Huddersfield before completing a £3million transfer to FC Copenhagen in 2021.

Herbie Kane

After starting his career at boyhood club Bristol City, Kane then decided to join Liverpool’s academy at the age of 15 in 2013.

The midfielder worked his way through the ranks but made just two League Cup appearances and then moved to Barnsley in 2020 for a transfer fee of £1.25 million.

“In terms of Liverpool, I’ve got to be honest, it wasn’t the best,” Kane told the Barnsley matchday programme in December 2020.

“A lot of things are promised to you when they’re trying to sign you, but nothing ever came of it. But that can be football in general, to be honest.

“The only way I can explain what it was like for me there was how when you’re playing as a kid and you’re picking the teams, and you’re the last one picked. It was that kind of feeling. It wasn’t the best for me there.”

Rhian Brewster

Brewster began his career in Chelsea’s academy before joining Liverpool at the age of 14 and was soon touted as one of England’s finest prospects.

After recovering from a serious leg injury, the striker scored 11 goals in 22 appearances while on loan at Championship side Swansea City in 2019-20.

He has only made four first-team appearances for Liverpool but Sheffield United still agreed to pay a club-record £23.5million to secure his services.

The package for the 21-year-old also includes a buy-back option for three years, but that currently seemed unlikely as he’s yet to score in 30 appearances for the Blades.

READ: The eight academy players Liverpool released in 2020 & how they’ve fared

Ki-Jana Hoever 

Liverpool signed Hoever from Ajax’s academy for just £90,000 in 2018, and he made his competitive debut in an FA Cup third-round defeat to Wolves in January 2019.

The Dutch defender made a further three first-team appearances in 2019-20, scoring his first Liverpool goal in the EFL Cup victory over MK Dons.

Despite never actually playing in the Premier League for Liverpool, Wolves still saw enough to spend £13.5million on the 19-year-old in 2020.

Ovie Ejaria

Ejaria joined Liverpool’s academy from Arsenal in 2014 and made eight first-team appearances for the Reds in 2016-17.

After loan spells at Sunderland, Rangers and Reading, the 23-year-old joined the latter on a permanent deal for a fee in the region of £3million in 2020.

Danny Ings 

Ings joined Liverpool as a free agent in 2015 but the Reds were ordered to pay Burnley a record compensation fee of £8million following a tribunal.

The striker was plagued by injury problems during his time at Anfield, making just 25 appearances for the club in all competitions.

After a successful loan spell at Southampton in 2018-19, he then joined his boyhood 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 34 goals in 67 Premier League appearances over the last two seasons.

“I’m here and enjoying my football again,” Ings told the Saints’ official website in December 2019. “I feel absolutely loved by the fans and my team, so all of that helps altogether.

“Any striker will tell you that when they’re enjoying football and having fun, it brings out the best in you.”

Ryan Kent 

Another academy graduate, Kent made his debut against Exeter City in the FA Cup in 2016, but that proved to be his only first-team appearance for Liverpool.

The winger enjoyed a highly successful loan spell at Rangers in 2018-19 before making the move permanent for £7.5million.

He helped Steven Gerrard’s side win the league title in 2020-21 and has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Leeds United.

Dominic Solanke 

This one certainly raised a few eyebrows…

Solanke joined Liverpool on a free transfer in following the expiry of his Chelsea contract in 2017 but they had to pay a compensation fee of £3million.

Despite scoring just one goal in 27 appearances for the Reds, Bournemouth were still willing to pay £19million for his services in 2019.

He failed to make an impact in the Premier League for the Cherries but seems to have found his feet since their relegation, registering 15 goals and eight assists in the Championship in 2020-21.

Danny Ward

Liverpool signed Ward from Wrexham for a fee of around £100,000 in January 2012, but the goalkeeper made only three appearances in five and a half years at Anfield.

He fell to fourth choice following the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma and sealed a £12.5million move to Leicester City in 2018.

The 28-year-old has served as back up to Kasper Schmeichel and is yet to appear for the Foxes in the Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho

Ok, we admit that Coutinho’s sale makes up the majority of the £258million.

The Brazil international developed into one of the best midfielders in the world after joining the Reds from Inter Milan for just £8.5million in 2013.

Liverpool tried everything to keep him at Anfield but eventually agreed to sell the 29-year-old to Barcelona for a staggering £142million in January 2018.

He has failed to live up to expectations at the Camp Nou, while Jurgen Klopp reinvested that money on Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk.

READ: An impressive Xl of players Jurgen Klopp has sold during his career

Mamadou Sakho 

Sakho arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in an £18million deal in the summer of 2013 and enjoyed a promising debut season at Anfield.

The centre-back eventually fell down the pecking order under Klopp after numerous disciplinary issues and was sold to Crystal Palace for £26million in 2017.

Not bad for a player they had absolutely no intention of using.

Kevin Stewart 

Liverpool picked up Stewart on a free transfer after his release from Tottenham in 2014 and the midfielder went on to make 20 appearances for the club.

After failing to establish himself in Klopp’s side, he completed an £8million move to Hull City in 2017 in search of regular first-team football.

“It was a difficult decision to leave Liverpool. It’s a club that I love and have loved for a long time,” Stewart said in 2017.

“I’ve supported Liverpool since I was a young boy and it was my life goal to be a regular there. But at the same time I felt this was a move that I needed to make in order to further my career.”

He made 78 appearances during his three seasons with the Tigers before joining Blackpool in January 2021, helping them win promotion to the Championship.

Andre Wisdom

Wisdom scored on his Liverpool debut in a 5-3 Europa League win away to Young Boys in 2012, but that was as good as it got for the defender.

He had loan spells at Derby County, West Brom, Norwich City and Red Bull Salzburg before eventually joining Derby permanently for £4.5million in 2017.

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