The Liverpool squad has changed quite a lot over the years, with great players leaving their own mark on the club. Do you ever wonder what happened to them after they left the club?
Here we take a look at five ex-players’ careers a decade after they decided to move on.
Out of the two Alonso brothers, Liverpool got the better end of the deal.
Not only is Xabi Alonso a Liverpool legend, but he is one of the best midfielder’s in football history. Although he wanted the move, we were still devastated when the club sold him in 2009 to Real Madrid for £30m (he was worth so much more than that).
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The 37-year-old had a successful career after he left. Between 2009-2014, Alonso would provide 26 assists for his teammates and help them win the La Liga, Champions League and the Super cup. However, Real Madrid would then sell the Spanish midfielder to Bayern Munich in 2014 for £8m. The three-time Bundesliga champion would remain here until his retirement in 2017.
When Benitez decided to leave Liverpool, Mascherano believed it was time for him to depart the club as well. Despite failed talks with Inter Milan, the Argentinian decided his future was set in Barcelona. The midfielder’s request was granted in 2010, where we got £17m.
Mascherano would remain at Barcelona for eight years, where he won 5 La Liga’s, 2 European trophies and a Super Cup.
Since 2018, he has been playing for Hebel China Fortune.
We’ll never forget the hurt we felt when Torres decided to leave us for Chelsea in 2011 (although the £50m did help to soothe the pain).
Torres struggled to match his momentum at Liverpool as he only scored 20 goals in all his Chelsea Prem appearances. After winning the Champions League and the FA Cup, Chelsea ended Torres’ four year stay by selling him to AC Milan. The striker’s career didn’t last very long in Italy either, where the 35 year-old was sold back Atlético Madrid in 2016. Here, he earned one more Europa League trophy.
The Spanish star has just finished his final season in Sagan Tosu, announcing his retirement from football.
Benayoun was a great winger with a fantastic right-foot, so it was a shame that Liverpool sold him to Chelsea for £5.5m. Although he won the Europa League with the club, Chelsea failed to recognise his talents and sent him on many loan spells. From Arsenal to West Ham, they soon released him from his contract.
A brief spell at QPR saw the forward then return to Israel to play in the Ligat ha’Al. This is where he would remain till his retirement in 2019.
Arbeloa would have been an amazing Liverpool defender if we didn’t sell him before his prime. The 36 year-old spent two years at Liverpool before he was sold to Real Madrid for £3.5m. He would then go on to have a very successful career for the spanish squad, winning two Champions League titles, a Super Cup and the La Liga.
Arbeloa would make one final return to the Premier League in 2016, playing for West Ham until his retirement the following year.
What Liverpool player would you like to find out about next?