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5 Top Players That Flopped After Leaving Jurgen Klopp

The German is without a doubt one of the best coaches in the history of the sport, so it’s not surprising that when players leave, their performance usually goes down.

Although we don’t see why anyone would ever willingly trade his guidance for someone else’s, we’ve seen a good number of players in the past who pushed moves away from the German and massively regretted it. At both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, the 54-year-old had several players who were excellent but who were unable to maintain their level when he left.

Without further ado, below are the players that flopped after leaving Jurgen Klopp.

  • Mario Gotze

In 2013, Gotze did what every rising German star dreams of doing: he signed a contract with Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich. Many viewed the £35 million move of then 20-year-old Gotze from Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund, where he was perhaps Europe’s hottest young prospect, as an act of treason. His time at Bayern was a complete bust, and he returned three years later with his tale of woe wrapped around his neck. To say that his career, now at the age of 30, has been deceiving would be an understatement.

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  • Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum’s decision to leave Liverpool and join PSG on a free transfer in the summer of 2021 was met with some surprise. PSG is always excited to bring in a high-profile player, but these signings are prone to underwhelming the PSG faithful, and Wijnaldum’s performances have been widely panned since he arrived. A fan favorite at Liverpool, the 31-year-old found his finest form under Klopp, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever match that level of success again. In his five years at Anfield, he had a few big moments.

  • Phillipe Coutinho

It’s true that Brendan Rodgers brought Coutinho up through the ranks at Liverpool. Klopp, on the other hand, elevated him to a new level. Typical of the Brazilian, Coutinho had his heart set on joining Barcelona and would not listen to anyone who tried to talk him out of it. “Stay here and they will construct a statue for you,” Klopp told him before the transfer was finalized, “or you can go anywhere else: Barca or Munich or Madrid and you will be just another player.” Klopp tried his best. You have the opportunity to expand your role here.

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  • Shinji Kagawa

When Sir Alex Ferguson came knocking on the door of the Japanese playmaker’s door in 2012, he couldn’t resist the transfer to Manchester United. Kagawa was a fan favorite at Old Trafford, but his time there was short-lived, as he returned to Dortmund after just two seasons. While he won the Premier League with Manchester United, Kagawa’s second time with the club was less impressive than his first, and those two years impeded his growth in Germany. However, he once scored a memorable hattrick.

  • Emre Can

He had a huge impact on Juventus’ triumph in 2018-19, playing 29 times in Serie A and six times in the Champions League, following his lengthy departure from Liverpool. He was left staring into the void following yet another massive summer of signing for Juve. Can’s position in the pecking order was swiftly modified with the arrivals of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot. After he left, the Reds won their first-ever Premier League title. If only I’d been around, I could have made history.

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