Ins and Outs
Liverpool’s season is about to start officially with a Premier League game against Arsenal soon and our squad has had many changes to it which will affect the new season. Lets take a look at the players who came IN to the club and the players who went OUT of the club.
As soon as we signed this midfielder for £5M, he actually left for another club – he was loaned back to Red Star Belgrade where he won the SuperLiga after making 29 appearances, scoring 6 goals and providing 7 assists for his teammates to score. He’s now back at Liverpool and scored a goal in our 4-0 victory over Barcelona in a pre-season friendly at Wembley Stadium. Jurgen Klopp most likely has plans to use this player in the squad, even if just as substitute.
This goalkeeper had played for Mainz, a German club which Klopp knows well as he both played and managed there. Karius is expected to replace Simon Mignolet as first choice goalkeeper, though he recently sustained a broken arm and could be out injured for up to 2 months. As soon as he is fully fit, expect to see Klopp using his £4.7M signing in the first team regularly.
Another goalkeeper brought into the club, though this one was a free transfer. The Austrian is unlikely to be first choice goalkeeper, most likely to be substitute for either Mignolet or Karius. May not play an awful lot of games but is an incredibly experienced footballer who will be an asset to the goalkeeping staff. Unproven for our club yet but will likely turn out to be better than Adam Bogdan ever was.
Joel Matip is a Cameroonian (and half German) versatile defensive midfielder or central defender. He’ll help out in multiple defensive positions. With Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure having left Liverpool now, expect to see Matip as part of the starting 11 team and in a central defenders role most likely. He was a free transfer that may turn out to be invaluable and literally priceless in the new season.
Signed from FC Augsburg, a team in the German Bundesliga that Klopp would know well, Klavan is an Estonian central defender who is likely to go straight into the starting 11 this season, due to the sale or release of a few of our most used defenders from last season. May form a defensive partnership with Joel Matip or possibly Mamadou Sakho if he is used. The back 4 just got stronger, no doubt about it.
A £25M signing from Newcastle, their new manager Rafa Benitez sold Liverpool this player as he starts to rearrange their squad to his liking. Newcastle needed the money that Benitez could spend on new transfers and Liverpool got themselves a wonderful new attacking midfielder. Win-win situation for both clubs. The Dutch international will surely be a part of the starting 11 in many games to come in the new season, expect Klopp to use him regularly.
Mané is the only new transfer that was more expensive to sign than Wijnaldum. A Senegalese winger, this attacking player has impressive qualities that see him push forward and either assist or score goals. Expect to see him contributing to the goalscoring this season, he’ll be picked for most starting 11 teams by Klopp for sure. Want to know if he’s really worth the £30M we spent on him? Be sure to watch Liverpool every time he’s picked to play. I’m confident he’ll prove his high transfer value to the fans.
Brendan Rodgers is the new (Glasgow) Celtic manager and will get to use Kolo Toure in his defence, as he was released from his contract by Liverpool and simply, not offered a new one.
I will surely miss Kolo at Liverpool, many other fans will too. He was a much loved player who was hardworking, determined and part of a successful squad that made it all the way to the League Cup Final and UEFA Europa League Final in the same season. I wish him all the best at his new club.
Rossiter was one of the most promising youngsters Liverpool had at the club, even if he didn’t get to play very much. There was simply, more experienced players than him in our midfield. We had enough players of high quality in his position most of the time and although he has incredible talent for his age, he’d almost never get picked over the most experienced midfielders that seemed to be irreplaceable.
Like Kolo Toure, Rossiter has signed for one of the major Scottish teams in Glasgow- Glasgow Rangers. Good luck to him for the future in Scotland. He deserves to be at a club that can put him right into the starting 11 side regularly. It’s a shame he had to leave Liverpool to find a club that could provide that for him.
Jose Enrique had impressed scouts at Liverpool as he already became a Premier League star before joining us. His time at Newcastle was enough for Liverpool to take interest in the Spaniard and sign him. From 2011 to 2016 he would make 76 appearances and even scoring twice for Liverpool. A hard working left back that in his first season appeared 46 times for the club but eventually saw himself replaced by new left backs and then used less and less from the season he was signed until he had only played 3 games in his last season for the club. I personally enjoyed watching him play and thought it was a shame that he got to play so very little in his last few seasons. No new club has been named for Enrique, a release from his contract would allow him to join anybody on a free transfer now. Though he may just retire from football.
João Carlos Teixeira
This player excited a few people when we finally started to use him in the first team, he had been a part of the Liverpool youth teams from 2011 to 2013. He’d make far more appearances for the Liverpool Under 21s side than he would for the senior squad.
A Portuguese midfielder, therefore often praised and compared to a certain famous Real Madrid star (Cristiano Ronaldo) but similar to Jordan Rossiter’s situation, Liverpool simply had far more experienced players to choose from, especially in midfield. Our captain (Steven Gerrard) was a midfielder who would of course feature as often as Liverpool played and in a 4-4-2 formation, that left only 3 other possible options in midfield, all three of which were filled quite quickly by players like Adam Lallana, Coutinho, James Milner, Emre Can, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, and more – with no possibilities for younger inexperienced players to make appearances. Often squads have up to 50 players and only 18 players (including substitutes) can be selected for the first team. That leaves some at the club without a spot in the senior squad, unfortunately and Texieira was just one of those players who got left out.
He would only ever make two senior appearances for Liverpool but did score a goal for the club eventually. I saw him score at Anfield, in a FA Cup match against Exeter. The picture of Teixeira above, was taken by me as I watched him from inside Anfield. I’m happy to have been there for what was probably his best ever moment for the club.
Teixeira will now head back to his home country Portugal to play for Porto. Liverpool received about a quarter of a million pounds in compensation as he was released from his contract.
Possibly the most valuable sale of the summer for Liverpool, Ibe transferred to Bournemouth for £15M – even more than we got for Joe Allen.
Why’s he worth so much? Well, he was an example of what youngsters can aspire to be, if they work hard enough. Ibe was only 16 years old when he first signed a contract with Liverpool at the end of 2011 and from then onwards he continued to impress at various different age levels, including the senior squad eventually. Between 2012-2013 season and 2014-2015 season, he only featured a total of 17 times for Liverpool. Then he was given many more chances to get out there and prove himself than he had ever been given before. All his hard work was paying off and he was to be selected regularly from this point onwards. It was his time.
In the 2015-2016 season he featured 41 times for Liverpool’s senior squad and scored 4 times. Personally, I think he was only just reaching his full potential and we should have kept a hold of him, to increase and truly fulfill his maximum potential. There was more to come from him, I’m sure of it. I would have liked to see him given 40 to 50 apperances in yet another season, to see if he could improve and maybe score more than 4 goals in that season. But, he’s been sold and we won’t get to see if he could do that. At least, Liverpool fans won’t. Those lucky Bournemouth fans will surely get to see how wonderful he can be.
Yes, Wee Joe has finally left the club. A personal favourite of ex Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who had already managed Joe at Swansea, Allen featured for Liverpool almost as regularly as Rodgers picked the teams. In fact, many expected Allen to leave almost immediately after Rodgers left Liverpool, so they could both be at a third club together. It’s actually quite surprising that Allen hasn’t ended up at Celtic with Rodgers and Kolo Toure, but it was Stoke who offered a bid of £13M, which would be accepted and the deal has been finalised. This makes Allen the 2nd most valuable transfer out of Liverpool in the summer of 2016, just behind Jordon Ibe by a couple of million pounds (Ibe was sold for £15M).
At first, Allen was nicknamed “the Welsh Xavi” by fans, which was quite a compliment considering that Xavi is an excellent midfielder. Allen found it difficult to live up to this name, though always worked hard to give as good a performance as he could give, even if it wasn’t as good as one which Xavi may have given. Most recently, Allen was part of the Welsh international side which saw Wales reach the Semi Finals of Euro 2016 in France. He’s improved steadily from the moment he signed for the club and is another player, like Jordon Ibe, who Liverpool could have done with holding onto to see if any further improvements may happen. What may have happened next, could have been his peak. He was ready for being a part of something even bigger than everything he’d experienced so far – perhaps a title challenge, to go after a Premier League winning season with Liverpool. This, we won’t ever see now. So long, Joe. Good luck at Stoke.
Smith was with Liverpool for many years, from the age of 14. It was in fact a scout from Liverpool that spotted Smith during a high school game Smith was a part of. He was invited to join Liverpool’s Academy soon after. After Harry Kewell left the club, Smith was surely the next Australian to have been playing for Liverpool. Like other young stars in the Liverpool youth sides, breaking through to the first team squad was a challenge for Smith. He would only ever make eleven appearances in total for Liverpool’s senior squad. He did manage to score in a FA Cup fixture against Exeter once. Smith also had been loaned out to Swindon Town in 2014, eventually returning to Liverpool as the terms of his contract were due to be renegotiated. Smith has now officially been transferred to Bournemouth for a fee of £6M. He will now continue to be a part of the same squad as Jordon Ibe. Both Ibe and Smith are said to have “buy back” clauses in their new contracts, which could allow the players to return without refusal from Bournemouth if Liverpool so wish to make a bid for transferring the players back to our club.
Sinclair was yet another great young talent, not truly given enough opportunities to prove himself in the senior squad at Liverpool.
Anfield Family officially declared Sinclair as “Man of The Match” in a FA Cup fixture between Liverpool and Exeter, in which he scored and the result would end 2-2, forcing Exeter to play a replay which Liverpool would win. His incredible talent was clear but as can happen at big clubs like Liverpool who have large squads which fill first team positions quickly and easily, Sinclair just couldn’t make a breakthrough for regular first team football. He will most likely be able to get this at Watford, whose £4M bid was accepted. Good luck at Watford, Jerome.
When Martin Skrtel first came to the club in 2008, all we really knew about him was that he’d spent about 7 years playing in the Slovakian and Russian leagues. He’d won the Russian Premier League title in 2007 and was generally considered one of the best players in the whole league. Several other clubs from around the world including Valenica, Tottenham Hostpurs, Everton and Newcastle gathered interest in him and it was Liverpool he had decided he wanted to join as all the bids came in for him.
We quickly came to know Skrtel as the toughest player in the whole squad, never afraid of a confrontation and absolutely unshakeable in defence. If he wanted the ball, he’d tackle for it and win. Nothing would get past him. He was one of the most constant players we could rely on in our whole defence. Consistent in his reliable defending. Part of successful campaigns in multiple competitions including the league cup, FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League he was like the backbone of our squad. Attackers didn’t want to have to get past him and other defenders at Liverpool knew they’d have a hard time fighting for a defensive position in the starting 11 lineups since Skrtel was guaranteed his place in the back 4 with regularity. In total, he would make 319 appearances for Liverpool and even score 18 times, quite impressive for a defender.
He was rather a fan favourite too, many if not all Liverpool fans loved Skrtel, like he was a member of our own family. A defensive error or mistake in an important fixture occasionally would bring his popularity down a little but in general, he was loved by most and valued highly for his defensive skills. I can safely say that nobody would have wanted him to leave our club.
All of this makes it a little confusing as to why he’s had only a £5M transfer fee accepted by the club. He is now a Fenerbache player, a Turkish club. All else I can say about this transfer is that Klopp must surely have a lot of faith in the quality of his other defenders to let Skrtel just leave for Turkey. Good luck for the future, Martin.
Once a youth player for Barcelona, then later transferred to Liverpool’s youth team. Was later loaned out to Brentford where he made 38 appearances and scored 7 goals.
This winger only ever played one time for the Liverpool senior squad. A fixture between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the 2015-2016 Premier League season. Very few (if any) people will miss this player who has been sold to Norwich City for between £2M and £4M. Most people won’t have noticed he was ever here, won’t notice he’s gone and I think our club will be able to use the money they made more than the player they had.
Another relatively unknown player that failed to make any appearances for the Liverpool senior squad. Is a goalkeeper and there was no way he was ever going to replace Simon Mignolet as first choice goalkeeper. He’d have been lucky to even get named as substitute goalkeeper ahead of Danny Ward. Even that never happened for him. Even Adam Bogdan would have been picked over this incredibly inexperienced goalkeeper. He was eventually loaned out to Swindon Town, who would come to offer Liverpool an undisclosed fee for transferring Vigouroux permanently to their club at the end of his loan period. Liverpool had absolutely no use for him, especially with Manninger and Karius arrivng recently at our club. Goodbye Lawrence.
Other Liverpool players have not been permanently transferred out of the club but are currently on loan to someone else. These players include:
Danny Ward – Huddersfield Town
Ryan Fulton – Chesterfield
Adam Bogdan – Wigan Athletic
Ryan Kent – Barnsley
Jack Dunn – Morecambe (6 months)
Allan Rodrigues – Hertha Berlin
Jon Flanagan – Burnley
Lloyd Jones – Swindon Town
Cameron Brannagan – Wigan Athletic.
Well, that’s the entire list. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing Liverpool with so many changes to the squad happening.
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.