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

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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 eight 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 but the winger has found opportunities hard to come by with the Cherries.

The 24-year-old has played just 48 minutes of Premier League football in 2019-20 and will be released at the expiration of his contract in July 2020.

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 been an ever-present for the Potters over the last four years 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.

He has looked a shadow of his former-self in front of goal and has managed just five Premier League goals over the last three seasons.

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 formed an impressive partnership with James Tomkins, but he has been restricted to just eight appearances during an injury-hit 2019-20 season.

He has just 12 months left on his Palace contract and has recently been linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Lyon.

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 first-team.

He has spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich and continues to be linked with a move back to the Premier League.

“He has a desire to come back to the Premier League at some point,” Coutinho’s agent told Sky Sports in June 2020.

“It may not happen this year, it may happen this year but we don’t know. We really have not discussed anything for now.”

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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 26-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.

Things haven’t improved at the Vitality Stadium, with the 22-year-old yet to open his Premier League account for the Cherries despite playing over 1500 minutes of football.

Bournemouth should probably stop buying players from Liverpool at this point.

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 productive loan spell at Southampton in 2018-19, the 27-year-old joined his boyhood club on a permanent deal for £20million in 2019.

He has now become one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League and recently became the first Saints player to score more than 15 Premier League goals in a season since James Beattie in 2002-03.

“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.”


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