Liverpool are having an incredible season under Jurgen Klopp and look well set to win the Premier League all things considered.
Whilst their season may be in doubt, there is no doubt that they have been utterly the best team in the division; the side currently sit on 82 points, 25 points ahead of Manchester City in second.
They’ve done so thanks to a set of incredible players. But, what about the players that left Liverpool ahead of the new season? How have they performed?
A grand total of nine players left Anfield ahead of the new season. Some left on loan in search of more regular playing time in an attempt to impress Klopp and be considered next season in what will be an equally talented side. Others left the club permanently.
It is fair to say that some transfers have worked out better than others. So, we’ve ranked every Liverpool player to have left before, since or just after the start to the new season.
11. Daniel Strurridge 1/10
Strurridge left Liverpool on a free transfer to join Turkish side Trabzonspor and was actually playing pretty well. He had scored four goals and recorded four assists in just 11 games for the club as well as getting three in three in the Europa League competition.
Though, Sturridge has since had his contract terminated and now has worldwide football ban until June after being found guilty of breaching the FA’s gambling regulations.
10. Taiwo Awoniyi 3/10
The youngster has failed to make much of an impact in the Bundesliga amidst his loan spell with Mainz. He has made just six appearances and hasn’t managed to record a goal nor an assist in his short tenure away.
9. Alberto Moreno 4/10
At just 27, Moreno still has a lot to give and certainly has his qualities. His lack of discipline defensively, though, is not the reason he has scored so poorly.
After spending five years at the club, the Spaniard’s contract expired in the summer, opening up the opportunity to head back to La Liga, this time with Villareal. His season has, however, been littered with injuries and he’s only managed to get involved in nine games all season, keeping just one clean sheet.
8. Ben Woodburn 5/10
Not a lot should be expected of the 19-year-old currently playing his football with League One outfit Oxford United, but he has been decent, nonetheless.
The Welshman had managed 13 games in all competitions at the beginning of the season and established himself as a regular starter, recording one goal and five assists along the way. However, a fractured foot has meant that he has been out of action since October. Unfortunate.
7. Marko Grujic 6/10
The Serbian international is another Liverpool player sent out on loan by Jurgen Klopp this season as he joined Hertha Berlin. After scoring against Bayern Munich on his debut for the club, things couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.
However, since then, he has managed just two more goals this season and has had to settle for a place on the bench in the club’s last few fixtures in what has ultimately been an underwhelming campaign.
6. Sheyi Ojo 6/10
Ojo was brought to Rangers to learn his trade under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. It seems he has been benefiting too.
The 22-year-old has recorded five goals and seven assists in 36 matches in all competitions, including a crucial goal in the Scottish side's Europa League campaign.
5. Ovie Ejaria 6/10
Ejaria stayed in England, slipping down a division in his loan move to Championship side Reading. The side have endured a decent campaign and currently sit in 14th place of the division.
The Liverpool loanee has established himself as a key player in the squad, netting three goals and providing four assists in his time with the Royals.
4. Harry Wilson 7/10
Wilson impressed in his loan spell last season in the Championship with Derby County, earning him a loan move to a Premier League side in the form of Bournemouth.
There, Wilson has continued to show his incredible technique from set pieces and managed to bag six goals and two assists in his first full season in the English topflight. Not bad at all.
3. Ryan Kent 7/10
Ryan Kent is another Liverpool loanee who looks to be thriving under the guideship of Gerrard. The winger returned to the Scottish side for a second season but did so this time permanently.
He looks to be all the better for it too; the 23-year-old has scored eight goals and recorded four assists this season and has been the driving force behind their unlikely Europa League successes.
2. Simon Mignolet 8/10
Sure, Mignolet had his ups and downs at Liverpool, but this season the Belgium has enjoyed a good season. Since leaving Anfield to join Club Brugge, the goalkeeper has been very impressive, keeping more clean sheets (16) than he’s conceded goals all season (13).
His side are the current leaders of the division too, with Mignolet starting every game possible since his arrival.
1. Danny Ings 9/10
Since leaving Liverpool permanently ahead of this season, Ings has been in red hot form for Southampton. His goals have effectively kept the side adrift of relegation.
Only Jamie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sergio Aguero have scored more goals than him this season with 15… not bad company to be around.
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