Witness the Tales of Regret: Eight Stars Who Bitterly Remorse Leaving Merseyside
SADIO MANE – Bayern Munich (June 2022)
FOR many years, Sadio Mane was a king at Anfield. The winger may have not have received as many plaudits as teammate Mohamed Salah, but he was equally dangerous and devastating going forward.
The Senegalese legend made a surprise move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2022 after six dazzling years at Anfield.
However, his debut campaign was a complete failure, and reports from Sport1 in Germany stated that the club’s management was becoming increasingly worried about his performances.
Only seven league goals were scored by the 31-year-old, who also missed three months of the season due to injury.
EMRE CAN – Juventus (July 2018)
AFTER his drawn-out Anfield exit, Can – now at Borussia Dortmund – played a big role in Juventus’ success in 2018-19, playing 29 times in Serie A, as well as making six Champions League appearances.
However, after another big summer of signing at Juve, Can was left staring into the wilderness.
Emre Can was quickly knocked down the pecking order by two massive, free transfers in the form of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot. The midfielder, at 29 years old, is currently playing football for Borussia Dortmund after leaving for Germany.
Not long after he left, the Reds went on to claim their first-ever Premier League title. Can might have played a role in the past.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO – Barcelona (January 2018)
AFTER leaving Inter Milan in January 2013 for just £8m, Coutinho quickly became one of Liverpool’s best players.
As the years rolled on and the “Little Magician” continued to put in a series of glittering performances, the Brazilian then became one of the best on the planet.
Barcelona came knocking and as is often the way, the South American’s head was turned.
In January 2018, much to the chagrin of the Liverpool supporters, Coutinho left the club.
The Brazilian playmaker has recently dropped to mediocrity with alarming speed. He seemed to briefly find his voice again at Villa Park after his reunion with Steven Gerrard.
Additionally, under Unai Emery, Gerrard has continued to display flashes of his prior performance despite being fired.
JORDON IBE – Bournemouth (July 2016)
THE English winger may not be in the same league as Coutinho or Can – but you had better believe he could have been.
After joining the Reds from Wycombe, the Londoner worked his way through the youth ranks before bursting into the first-team in the 2014-15 season.
After spells on loan at Birmingham and Derby, Ibe quickly showed his promise – before taking on a key role in 2015-16.
Ibe made a total of 41 games during that season, including numerous Man of the Match performances, such as the Merseyside derby against Everton. He also made 27 Premier League appearances alone.
Ibe left Anfield after the first year of his new five-year contract because he felt he had fallen down the pecking order and joined Bournemouth.
The winger was expected to be called up to the England squad at the time, but after playing for Adanaspor in the second division of the Turkish league, he is currently without a club.
FERNANDO TORRES – Chelsea (January 2011)
NOW this one always shows up on lists of “worst transfers ever”…
Torres infamously left Liverpool in the January window of the 2010-11 season for a whopping £50m fee.
The Spanish legend had shown signs of slowing down at the Reds after a series of frustrating injuries.
But after joining Chelsea, Torres looked a shadow of his former self, scoring just 20 times in 110 Premier League games, compared to 65 goals in 102 Liverpool matches.
The 110-cap international bounced around the world for the rest of his career, having spells at AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Sagan Tosu in Japan, before hanging up his boots.
MICHAEL OWEN – Real Madrid (August 2004)
LIVERPOOL born and raised, Owen spent 13 years at Liverpool in all, including his five seasons in the youth team.
The striker scored 118 Premier League goals in just 216 games, quickly establishing himself as a legend for club and country.
The 40-goal Three Lions forward believed he could do better, as Liverpool continued their PL title drought.
He moved to Real Madrid in a shock move in the summer of 2004 for a fee of just £8m.
Owen scored 13 times in his sole season at the Bernabeu before he made the “biggest mistake of his career” as he called it, in joining Newcastle in 2005.
NICK BARMBY – Leeds (August 2002)
OFTEN a forgotten man amongst Liverpool fans, Barmby enjoyed plenty of success at Anfield.
The 23-cap England star was part of the squad that won a hoard of trophies including the FA Cup and Uefa Cup around the turn of the new millennium.
But in 2002, only two seasons into what should have been his prime years of his career, he left to join Leeds United.
With the Elland Road giants being relegated and Barmby making only 25 games in two years, both the player and club immediately experienced a decline in form.
Barmby spent the final eight years of his career playing for Hull, his hometown team, following a loan stint with Nottingham Forest.
ROBBIE FOWLER – Leeds (November 2001)
IN defence of “God”, as he was known by Liverpool fans, Fowler had spent 17 years at Anfield – including nine years with the youth teams.
Fowler quickly became a club legend, scoring 120 Premier League goals in just 236 outings.
But after reports of a rift with boss Gerard Houllier and his assistant Phil Thompson in 2001, Fowler left just a handful of games into the 2001-02 season.
Fowler, a genuine Liverpool icon, struggled to find a home after joining Leeds.
Fowler stayed at Leeds for two years before leaving to join Manchester City the year before they were demoted.
Three years later, he went back to Liverpool for a brief cameo that saw him score eight goals.
Before coming back in 2012, the 26-cap England player had time with Cardiff, Blackburn, North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory, and Muangthong United.