5 Players Who Left Liverpool As Stars And Flopped Elsewhere

Football transfers have always proven to be a delicate issue over time. Players usually swap clubs with the hopes of getting better salaries and becoming the focal points of their new teams.

Liverpool stars have more often than not failed in their pursuits.

The best example is Phillipe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona despite his then-manager Jurgen Klopp advising him against the move.

Coutinho failed to replicate his staggering levels at the Camp Nou and has since been shipped to Aston Villa.

The Daily Star looks at the other Liverpool stars who failed to shine at their new clubs.

1. Fernando Torres.

Very few Premier League strikers could rival ‘El Nino’ during his Liverpool days. He even finished as a second-runners up in the 2008 Ballon d’Or vote.

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Torres scored 72 goals in his first three seasons at Liverpool before Chelsea came for him.

He was sold for a then British record fee of 50 million Sterling Pounds.

Torres didn’t live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge, but he will be remembered for scoring the famous Champions League goal against Barcelona.

2. Michael Owen

Owen, a Ballon d’Or winner, will be remembered for his 2001 FA Cup final, where he helped Liverpool win a sixth title.

He however forced a move to Real Madrid, where he only lasted for a year after having to contend with playing second fiddle.

3. Georginio Wijnaldum

The Liverpool ace rejected a move to Barcelona in favour of Paris Saint Germain.

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The Netherlands international found the going tough under Mauricio Pochettino, with most of his appearances coming from the bench.

4. Xherdan Shaqiri

In all fairness, Shaqiri wasn’t a regular at Anfield and decided to try out a new league by signing for Olympique Lyon.

He only lasted six months before moving to the Major League Soccer, where he signed a two-year deal with Chicago Fire.

5. Rhian Brewster

The striker was tipped as a proper striker during his formative days in the academy. He shined while on loan at Swansea City.

He was expected to go out on loan again but was sold to Sheffield United, where he failed to score in 30 Premier League appearances.

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