The 12 Liverpool players Klopp has sold for £10m+ and how they’ve fared

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

As well as making some excellent signings at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has also managed to get rid of players at the peak of their value.

The Liverpool squad was in need of an overhaul when Klopp took over in 2016 and the manager has shown that he has a ruthless streak.

We’ve looked back at the 12 players to move for £10million or more under Klopp’s tenure, to see how they fared after leaving Anfield.

Jordon Ibe

Ibe was tipped to be the next Raheem Sterling, but he scored just one goal in 41 Premier League appearances for the Reds.

After being deemed surplus to requirement by Klopp, he completed a £15million move to Bournemouth in 2016, but the winger failed to justify that price tag during his four years with the Cherries.

The 26-year-old then made one appearance during a brief spell at Derby County in 2020-21 before joining Turkish second division side Adanaspor in January 2022.

Joe Allen

Despite being named in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament, Liverpool decided to sell Allen to Stoke City for £13million.

“I actually had a text message off a friend congratulating me about making the move when I didn’t even know it was happening at the time,” Allen told the Daily Telegraph in 2017.

“Not knowing whether the club intend to sell you or keep you, especially when you’re trying to ask the question, is disappointing.”

The midfielder has made over 200 appearances for the Potters in the last six seasons but couldn’t prevent their relegation to the Championship in 2018.

Christian Benteke

Klopp’s arrival saw Benteke fall down the pecking order at Anfield and the striker joined Crystal Palace in a £32million deal in 2016.

The Belgium international finished the 2016-17 season as Palace’s top scorer with 17 goals in all competitions, but it all went downhill from there.

Since the start of 2017-18, Benteke has averaged just four goals a season and he’s recently fallen out of favour under Patrick Vieira.

Mamadou Sakho

Sakho was one of Liverpool’s most consistent players during Klopp’s first season at the club, but a string of disciplinary issues culminated in his £26million move to Crystal Palace in 2017.

The centre-back initially formed an impressive partnership with James Tomkins, but injuries derailed his final two years at Selhurst Park.

He decided to return to his native France with Montpellier in 2021 and has enjoyed a brilliant debut season with the Ligue 1 side.

“He is a true leader,” team-mate Nicolas Cozza said in 2022. “He is vocal in the changing room and lifts each and every one of us. Defensively, he is the boss. He always gives us advice and guides us in games. He fills us with confidence and is the pillar of our team.”

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho developed into one of the best midfielders in the world under Klopp and fans were devastated when he left the club for Barcelona in 2018 for £142million.

The Brazil international has failed to live up to expectations at the Camp Nou, and he struggled to nail down a regular spot in the starting lineup.

But 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.

The 29-year-old returned to the Premier League in January 2022, joining Aston Villa on loan in search of regular first-team football. He’s playing under former team-mate Steven Gerrard and is starting to rediscover his best form.

Danny Ward

Ward only made three first-team appearances in five and a half years at Liverpool and the goalkeeper slipped to fourth choice following the arrival of Alisson.

However, the Reds somehow managed to negotiate a £12.5million deal to sell the Wales international to Leicester City in 2018.

The 28-year-old continues to warm the bench at the King Power and is yet to make his Premier League debut for the Foxes.

Dominic Solanke

Solanke scored one goal in 27 appearances for Liverpool, but Bournemouth were still willing to pay £19million for his services in 2019.

The striker netted just three goals in 42 Premier League appearances for the Cherries but seems to have found his feet since their relegation in 2020.

He’s rediscovered his scoring boots in the second division and was recently nominated for the Championship Player of the Season award.

Danny Ings

Ings snapped his cruciate ligaments during Klopp’s first training session as Liverpool boss and spent most of the next two years on the sidelines.

After a promising loan spell at Southampton in 2018-19, the 29-year-old joined his boyhood club on a permanent deal for £20million in 2019.

He then established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League, scoring a total of 34 league goals in the following two seasons.

The England international completed a £25million move to Aston Villa in 2021, but he’s had a tough debut season and is yet to demonstrate what he is capable of in claret and blue.

Dejan Lovren

A much-maligned figure during his six years at Liverpool, Lovren joined Zenit Saint Petersburg for £10.9million in the summer of 2020.

He was named club captain a few weeks later and his performances at the heart of the defence were instrumental in securing Zenit their seventh league title.

“I never regret anything and this is a feeling I don’t allow in my head,” Lovren told Zenit’s official website in January 2021.

“I made the decision to leave Liverpool. I wasn’t feeling happy there towards the end, because I wasn’t playing. I am happy that I decided to come here and I think they miss me more than I miss them.

“Jurgen Klopp knows that, we sometimes chat and he once wrote to me that he misses me. I did not answer that.”

But he’s reportedly considering terminating his contract due to Russia’s war with Ukraine and has been linked with a move to West Ham.

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool had high hopes for Brewster but a £23.5million offer from Sheffield United proved too tempting for a player that had only made four appearances for the club. 

He failed to score a single goal in 2020-21 as the Blades were relegated to the Championship and hasn’t done much better in the second tier.

The 22-year-old still has time on his side and could turn things around and but we doubt Liverpool will be activating their buy-back option. 

Harry Wilson

After six different loan spells away from Liverpool, Wilson decided to leave on a permanent basis and joined Fulham in a £12.6million deal in 2021.

He’s hit double figures for both goals and assists in the Championship in 2021-22, helping Marco Silva’s side sit top of the table.

Alongside Solanke, the Wales international has also been nominated Championship Player of the Season award.

Marko Grujic

Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool, Grujic made just eight Premier League appearances before joining Porto in a £10.5million deal in 2021.

The midfielder has struggled to nail down a place in Sergio Conceicao’s starting lineup but looks set to end 2021-22 with a Primeira Liga title.


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