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Phillipe Coutinho and Luis Suarez join unexpected name on Liverpool transfer list – Liverpool Echo

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There’s nothing that gets a certain group of Liverpool supporters going more than the transfer window.

In fact, making what they regard a top-notch signing is often celebrated just as much as Jurgen Klopp’s side actually winning silverware.

But the market goes two ways. And while the Reds will be doing more strengthening this summer, there will be those who are shipped out, their time at Anfield having come to a natural conclusion.

Moving players on for as high a fee as possible has become a staple under Fenway Sports Group.

And here, using a 4-3-3 formation, is a team made up of Liverpool’s most expensive sales of all time.

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Goalkeeper – Danny Ward (£12.5million to Leicester City, July 2018)

Among the work of sporting director Michael Edwards, to receive top dollar for a player who made just three appearances is quite something. Not least because Ward has since made only 14 outings for Leicester.

Right-back – Ki-Jana Hoever (£13.5m to Wolverhampton Wanderers, September 2020)

Hoever was regarded as a leading talent when snapped up from Ajax’s youth team in 2018. But after falling behind Neco Williams in the right-back pecking order, he headed off to Molineux.

Centre-back – Mamadou Sakho (£26m to Crystal Palace, August 2017)

Upset Jurgen Klopp one time too many which contributed to him being shipped off to Selhurst Park. His time with Palace after an initial season-long loan was hampered by injury and is soon to become a free agent.

Centre-back – Dejan Lovren (£10.9m to Zenit St Petersburg, July 2020)

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A rollercoaster six years at Anfield ended with the Croatian becoming a Premier League champion. Has since won the Russian Super Cup and league title and will be in the Champions League next term.

Left-back – Brad Smith (£6m to Bournemouth, July 2016)

After a debut as a 19-year-old at Stamford Bridge in 2013 under Brendan Rodgers, made a further 10 appearances for Klopp before being allowed to leave. Made only 11 outings at Bournemouth and is now a regular for Seattle Sounders in MLS.

Central midfield – Javier Mascherano (£17.25m to Barcelona, August 2010)

Left under a bit of a cloud following the arrival of Roy Hodgson, but scooped every possible honour at Camp Nou before spending two years in China and ending his career back home with Estudiantes. Retired last November.

Central midfield – Xabi Alonso (£30m to Real Madrid, August 2009)

Won the Champions League and La Liga during a five-year spell at the Bernabeu, and then claimed three Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich. Also found time to win the World Cup and add to the European Championship he won while a Liverpool player. Now manager of Real Sociedad B.

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Central midfield – Phillipe Coutinho (£142m to Barcelona, January 2018)

There are some who think Coutinho has been a failure since leaving Liverpool. Yet he has won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey at Camp Nou, and on a season-long loan at Bayern Munich claimed the league, cup and Champions League. That transfer fee remains pretty remarkable, though.

Right wing – Raheem Sterling (£49m to Manchester City, July 2015)

Three league titles, an FA Cup and four League Cups, as well as being named PFA Young Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year, suggest Sterling won’t regret his decision to force through a move to City and make himself very unpopular with Liverpool fans.

Centre forward – Fernando Torres (£50m to Chelsea, January 2011)

Like Coutinho, probably played his best football at Liverpool but the honours all came elsewhere, with the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup snaffled at Stamford Bridge and another Europa League when back at Atletico Madrid. Finished his career in Japan in 2019.

Left wing – Luis Suarez (£65m to Barcelona, July 2014)

Four leagues titles, four domestic cups, a Champions League and a FIFA Club World Cup at Barcelona were followed this year by a La Liga crown with Atletico Madrid, Suarez scoring the goal that clinched the championship.

Substitutes: Simon Mignolet (£8.2m to Bruges, August 2019), Martin Skrtel (£5.5m to Fenerbahce, July 2016), Dominic Matteo (£4.75m to Leeds United, August 2000), Joe Allen (£13m to Stoke City, July 2016), Raul Meireles (£12m to Chelsea, August 2011), Christian Benteke (£32m to Crystal Palace, August 2016), Rhian Brewster (£23.5m to Sheffield United, October 2020)

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