It is a tough life being a Kopite. Reds fans will always remind you of the slogan, the mantra that sums up our life: ‘this means more’. It is because of this mantra that when we lose a fan favourite in spectacular fashion, it is heartbreaking. We rank the 3 most hurtful Liverpool transfers this century.
3rd: Raheem Sterling to Man City
It was a humiliating saga for everybody involved. Man City unsettled Raheem and his agent made the youngster public enemy number 1 in Liverpool with his abrasive comments. He had become the darling of the Kop with his explosive performances at a young age in a season that saw Liverpool fall just short of the title. When he left us for our greatest competitive rivals of the last 5 years, he twisted the knife into the back of Kopites everywhere.
2nd: Fernando Torres to Chelsea
We won’t love like that again. Fernando Torres and Liverpool was like a summer romance that lasted a few years. It was a passionate affair, we adored him, he was…sorry I’m getting a bit lost. Long story short, he was our idol. The deadly striker struck up one of the most lethal partnerships in modern day football when he lined up alongside Steven Gerrard. He left us in January 2011 for Chelsea and the emotions were indescribable. We still have a soft spot for him but we simply won’t have a relationship with a player like that for a while.
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1st: Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid
Everything about it was wrong. He was the best passer we had ever seen at the club. He made everything look easy. He loved Liverpool, he still does. He adored us and we adored him. For some reason, he was driven out by Rafa Benitez’ obsession with Gareth Barry. He didn’t want to leave, the club let him down. Alonso went on to have a happy career with Real Madrid and later Bayern Munich, however, Liverpool will remain his home. Hopefully we will see him in the Anfield dugout again in the future.