6 forgotten Liverpool stars who banked Reds £100m and how they have fared since – Mirror Online
Liverpool recently announced sporting director Michael Edwards will leave the club at the end of the season, after ten years of service.
Edwards is seen by many as the mastermind behind deals to bring in the likes of Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.
But what about the deals that have seen players go the other way?
Under Edwards’ stewardship Liverpool have made a canny habit of recouping huge fees for players either on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s side or with little first team experience.
Here, we look at six players who have departed Anfield in recent years and have netted them more than £100million. All fees according to respected industry website Transfermarkt .
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Rhian Brewster £23.4m
Brewster left Anfield in October 2020, joining then-Premier League side Sheffield United.
Klopp admitted that it was hard to agree to the sale, saying about Brewster: “He is a coach’s dream as he is so eager to learn but also a beacon of positive energy.
“He had some really hard moments with us, but throughout he never once lost belief and he was always someone who would light up a room, even when he experienced really tough times.”
To say he has struggled since arriving at Bramall Lane would be an understatement.
He only notched his first league goal for the Blades on November 6 – more than a year after becoming their most expensive ever signing.
Nevertheless, he is still only 21 so time is clearly on his side.
Jordon Ibe – £16.2m
Ibe was signed from Wycombe in 2011 at the age of just 16. They made a big profit on him when he was sold to Bournemouth in 2016, after 58 games for Liverpool.
He was Bournemouth’s record signing at the time.
Ibe is still only 25 but is without a club after leaving Derby County in the summer.
He recently spoke about his mental health struggles, describing his battle with depression as the “darkest time in his life”.
Danny Ings – £22.5m
Ings left for Southampton in the summer of 2019, after a successful loan spell the season prior.
He had joined Liverpool from Burnley for £8m in 2015 but scored only three goals for the Reds as he struggled with constant injuries.
He was restricted to just 14 league outings for Liverpool before finding form again with the Saints. This summer he moved again, leaving Southampton to join Aston Villa.
Ryan Kent – £6.4m
Kent was highly-rated within the youth set-up at Liverpool but he only ever made one senior appearance.
That was in an FA Cup tie, before he was sent out on loan five separate times. The last of those stints was with Rangers, who bought Kent on a permanent basis in 2019.
He’s since won the Scottish Premiership and has become a focal part of the team at Ibrox.
Dominic Solanke – £19m
Solanke, like Brewster, initially struggled after his departure to Bournemouth in 2019.
It would take him a full 18 months before he got off the mark for his new employers. Unfortunately he couldn’t prevent them being relegated in the 2019-20 campaign but Solanke has since been firing on all cylinders in the Championship.
He scored 15 times last season as Bournemouth reached the play-offs and he has already has 14 in all competitions this term as he looks to fire the Cherries back to the Premier League.
Harry Wilson – £12.6m
Wilson left Anfield last summer after coming through Liverpool’s academy.
He was loaned out five times by the club and struggled to make his mark on the first team.
He spoke of his ambition with the Cottagers, saying: “The ambition of the club to get back into the Premier League appealed to me as that’s where we all want to be. I’m hoping I can come here, have a good season and help get the club back into the Premier League.”
So far he’s doing his best, with Marco Silva’s side second in the Championship.
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