The 11 players Kenny Dalglish sold at Liverpool in 2011 - where are they now?

Liverpool's Scottish manager Kenny Dalgl

Kenny Dalglish had quite the salvage mission on his hands when he replaced Roy Hodgson as Liverpool manager in January 2011.

Kopites still look back on the Hodgson era as the lowest point of their recent history, with his short reign dogged by terrible signings and an alarming decline in results.

So, it was only natural that Liverpool decided to change things up halfway through his first season and a club legend like Dalglish looked the perfect man to takeover.

The iconic Scot's return to the dugout wasn't necessarily the most successful and he departed after the 2011/12 season but he did a lot of good for the suffering Reds.

Dalglish delivered the club's last piece of silverware in the 2012 League Cup, defeating Cardiff City on penalties, and pushed them all the way to that year's FA Cup final.

Players Dalglish sold at Liverpool

They were an incredible Petr Cech save away from potentially winning the domestic cup double, an achievement far removed from the struggles under Hodgson.

And one of the biggest jobs Dalglish had on his hands was to rectify the transfer errors of his predecessor and that started with clearing 11 players.

Showing two the exit in his first month and a further nine out the backdoor in the summer, here are the players that Dalglish kicked out of Anfield when he took over:

Ryan Babel

Good old Babel. Dalglish had announced that the Dutch striker would be staying at the club, only for him to fly to Hoffenheim the next day. He is now enjoying a renaissance with Besiktas and recently scored against France for his country.


Fernando Torres

Not somebody that Dalglish will have wanted to sell but when Chelsea came knocking with £50 million, it was a difficult offer to refuse. Torres would go onto struggle at Stamford Bridge and is now unwinding his career in Japan with Sagan Tosu.

Paul Konchesky

One of the mot bizarre signings of the Hodgson era, Dalglish oversaw the Englishman's loan departure in January before he permanently joined Leicester City shortly after. The left-back can now be found with seventh division East Thurrock United.

Nabil El Zhar

The young prospect's future at Liverpool looked bleak by the time Dalglish arrived and he was subsequently released in the summer. The 32-year-old is now plying his trade with Leganes.


Milan Jovanovic

Liverpool were impressed by the Serbian's performances at the 2010 World Cup but that didn't translate to success in the Premier League. Jovanovic would hang up his boots just two years later after a spell with Anderlecht.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

Another obvious player for Dalglish to sell, the Greek defender tried his hand in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg before a brief return to England with Sunderland. He retired from the game in 2014 after time with Sydney Olympic.

Emiliano Insua

Despite making 44 appearances during Rafa Benitez's final season at the club, the left-back was shepherded out the club in 2011. He now earns money with Stuttgart after time with Sporting Lisbon and Atletico Madrid.


Christian Poulsen

Yes, Hodgson really did sign him. The Danish midfielder was given the axe as soon as possible, moving to Evian before calling it a day after time with Ajax and his native Copenhagen.

Raul Meireles

Despite enjoying a decent season on Merseyside, the Portuguese left the club and would go onto win the Champions League title with Chelsea. The 35-year-old is another one of Hodgson's signings to retire having left Fenerbahce back in 2016.

Philipp Degen

Promise with Switzerland and Borussia Dortmund didn't equal success with Liverpool and the now 35-year-old was quickly offloaded by the Reds. He's been without a club since spending five years with FC Basel.

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David N'Gog

The poster boy of the Hodgson era had no place under Dalglish and was moved onto Bolton Wanderers, for whom he scored 16 goals. The Frenchman has been club-hopping ever since and is now in Hungary with Nemzeti Bajnoksag.

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