Liverpool’s most expensive departures
Liverpool’s most expensive departures? Who are Liverpool’s most expensive departures? Formed in 1892, Liverpool has become one of the biggest and most successful clubs in England and Europe.
Over the decades, Liverpool have sold several players to different clubs all over the world.
There were many players whose departures did not bring in a lot of money for Liverpool. However, there are some players whose departure from the club brought the club a chunk of money. So without any further ado, we will take a look at Liverpool’s most expensive departures ever.
Who are Liverpool’s most expensive departures of all-time?
10. Javier Masceranho
The Argentine came to the club under the reign of Rafa Benitez. He joined Liverpool as a central defensive midfielder. He was an invaluable member of the team. He went on to join Barcelona for a high fee at that time. It was a big loss for Liverpool and the player went on to become one of the better central defensive midfielders.
9. Dominic Solanke
He was brought in from Chelsea. He was signed for a little fee and hence Liverpool made a substantial profit over him. He never played properly for Chelsea but even at Liverpool he was unable to do well. Hence he is now at Bournemouth where he is trying to restart his career.
8. Danny Ings
Sold to Southampton, he never really made a mark at Liverpool and that is why the high fee paid for him made every one question the transfer. However, he has done well with the Saints comparatively. It was good business for both sides.
7. Mamadou Sakho
He was eccentric defender who on days was amazing and on some days he was never really in the game. He had that odd error in him which cost Liverpool games. Hence when Crystal Palace came for him with a high fee, Liverpool were only to happy to sell him.
6. Christian Benteke
The Belgian forward was the hot stuff in the market when Liverpool went for him. However, his move never really worked out for him as he could not settle into the Liverpool team. He lost great form and was subsequently moved on to make room for other forwards.
5. Xabi Alonso
After making 210 appearances for Liverpool across five years, Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso bade the club farewell and joined Real Madrid on a transfer fee of £30 million. Alonso left Anfield with 18 goals and 9 assists to his name.
Alonso spent 5 years at Real Madrid and made 236 appearances for the club, scoring 6 goals and providing 32 assists. He won several trophies at Real Madrid including a second Champions League title in the 2013-14 season where he was named in the squad of the season.
Alonso eventually left Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 to join Bayern Munich. He played 117 matches at Bayern Munich from 2014 until his retirement in 2017.
4. Fernando Torres
After spending three years at Liverpool, Fernando Torres left the club to join Chelsea in January, 2011. The Spaniard ended his Liverpool career with 81 goals and 20 assists to his name.
Torres’ transfer fee of £50 million was a British transfer fee at the time and this made him Liverpool’s most expensive departure then.
Torres made 172 appearances for Chelsea from 2011-2015, scoring 45 goals and 35 assists. He won the Champions League with them in the 2011-12 season before winning the Europa League with them the following season. Torres scored in the Europa League final against Benfica.
Fernando Torres left Chelsea to join Atletico Madrid with whom, he won the Europa League last season. Torres left Atletico Madrid last summer to join Japanese club Sagan Tosu. Torres officially announced his retirement from football last month.
3. Raheem Sterling
A product of Liverpool’s youth academy, Raheem Sterling left the club in 2015 to join Manchester City on a transfer fee of £49 million. Sterling left Liverpool with 23 goals and 25 assists to his name in 123 appearances across all competitions.
Sterling has since established himself as one of the best players in the world at Manchester City. So far, Sterling has made 182 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 63 goals and providing as many assists. He was nominated for the PFA player of the year award last season and has been one of City’s talismans.
2. Luis Suarez
After equaling the record of goals scored by any player in a 38-game Premier League season, Suarez left Liverpool to join Barcelona on a transfer fee of €81 million. This made him the most expensive departure in Liverpool’s history at the time. Suarez ended his Liverpool career with 82 goals and 47 assists to his name.
Ever since he joined Barcelona, Suarez has become an important part of the team. In 240 appearances for the Blaugrana, Suarez has scored 175 goals and has provided 94 assists. He has helped Barcelona lift several trophies that include the treble in the 2014-15. Even though Barcelona won a treble in the 2014-15 season, it was the following season that was Suarez’s personal best.
1. Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool signed Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan in 2013 and he soon became an integral player for the club. Following Luis Suarez’s departure for Barcelona, Coutinho became Liverpool’s talisman.
However, Coutinho eventually left Liverpool to join Barcelona last January. His transfer cost Barcelona a whopping €142 million and this made him the third most expensive player in the world after Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. He also became Liverpool’s most expensive departure of all-time surpassing, Suarez’s transfer fee by more than €60 million.