In the space of four years, Trent Alexander-Arnold has evolved from Liverpool Under-23 player to one of the key figures in their Champions League and Premier League triumphs.
We’ve revisited the final Liverpool Under-23 team Alexander-Arnold played in before making his senior competitive debut against Tottenham in October 2016.
Liverpool’s second-string drew 1-1 with a Manchester United team featuring Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe, although it’s fair to say no other player on the pitch that day has reached the heights of Alexander-Arnold.
The goalkeeper remains on the books at Liverpool, albeit he continues to await his first senior appearance and has spent 2019-20 on loan at Huddersfield Town.
A nasty head injury ended his season early, but Huddersfield’s goalkeeping coach Paul Clements told the club’s official website that Grabara did “unbelievably” over the course of his loan.
“I’ve been more than happy with his performances,” Clements said. “Of course, he’s a young keeper and there’s been a couple of mistakes in there.
“I look at the league as a whole and there’s some big names that have all made mistakes and Kamil’s made a few, but he hasn’t made as many as maybe we thought he would have, so fair play to him.”
Booked against Manchester United. A true Red.
Liverpool spent £7million to sign Ilori from Sporting Lisbon, who was still just 20 at the time and considered a promising defender.
Yet in four years at Anfield the Portugal youth international failed to make a Premier League appearance, even failing to get a chance during a season on loan at Aston Villa when they finished bottom of the division.
He joined Reading for £3.75million in 2017 before returning to Sporting in January 2019. It only took half a season before reports suggested he could be offloaded once more.
A favourite at Liverpool for a brief period, but a player whose ill-discipline off the pitch Jurgen Klopp quickly grew tired of.
After a successful loan spell at Crystal Palace, Sakho made a permanent move to Selhurst Park for £26million in 2017. Three years on, reports in France suggest Palace are willing to sell the centre-back to Lyon for just €5million to get his high wages off their books.
Recently announced as a new signing for Ross County following a spell in Bulgaria, it sounds like Randall has quite an interesting story to tell. If only someone had interviewed him…
Stewart was 21 and had yet to break into Tottenham’s senior side when he joined Liverpool on a free transfer.
The midfielder was sent on loan three times and featured sporadically for the Reds’ first team, making 20 appearances in all competitions.
In 2017, as Andy Robertson made the move in the opposite direction, Stewart joined Hull City in a move worth a potential £7.5million. Playing for Hull right now doesn’t seem much fun, but someone’s got to.
A brief revival as Jurgen Klopp rotated his team for the cup competitions this season saw Chirivella’s status as Liverpool’s forgotten man come to an end.
But the midfielder rejected a new deal at Anfield to take up the offer of a five-year deal at Nantes starting from 2020-21.
Harry Wilson (Cameron Brannagan)
Liverpool’s goalscorer against United, Wilson shone on loan at Derby County last season and has experienced his first taste of Premier League football at Bournemouth in 2019-20.
The winger has shown flashes of quality on the South Coast but has found it difficult to perform consistently as Bournemouth of struggles.
Klopp once described Brannagan as possessing “everything you need for a midfield player”, but he failed to establish himself in the first team and has spent the last three seasons in League One with Oxford United.
Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool boss, Grujic has spent the majority of his time out on loan. After joining the Reds in January 2016, he spent the rest of the season back at Red Star Belgrade, helped Cardiff City get promoted the following season and has spent the last two campaigns in the Bundesliga, impressing for Hertha Berlin.
It seems unlikely the midfielder is going to break into Liverpool’s first team given their wealth of options in midfield, and Borussia Monchengladbach have been linked with a permanent move.
Ovie Ejaria (Ben Woodburn)
Ejaria is in his final weeks of technically being a Liverpool player, with his season-long loan move to Reading featuring an obligation for the deal to be made permanent.
The attacking midfielder has impressed at Reading and is expected to break into Nigeria’s senior squad after switching his international allegiance from England.
Woodburn, meanwhile, was tipped for a huge future after becoming Liverpool’s record goalscorer, only for his progress to be stunted by two disappointing loan spells, failing to establish himself at Sheffield United last season and seeing injury curtail a promising start at Oxford in 2019-20.
Utterly luckless at Liverpool, Ings resurgence at Southampton has been one of the more heart-warming storylines of the last two seasons, even scoring against the Reds in August.