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Where all 21 Liverpool players released for free by Jurgen Klopp are now

When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in October 2015, the squad he inherited was vastly different to the one we see today at Anfield.

Reopened lines of communication and the establishment of an extremely knowledgeable transfer committee running the rule over incoming and outgoing players saw the squad completely transformed while their fortunes followed suit under the German boss.

The manager has made wholesale changes across his playing squad throughout the last five and a half years, with Liverpool’s transfer business throughout that time regarded as some of the best in world football.

Serious cash has been secured for some players on the fringes of the squad while others have left quietly and in good faith for a new challenge.

Of course, some talent has headed through the exit door for too little or nothing at all, but in general Klopp and co. have nailed their dealings in the market at Anfield.

This summer, Liverpool will have yet more decisions to make with the likes of Gini Wijnaldum set to leave on a free with any new contract yet to be agreed upon.

So, with that in mind, here are all 21 players Liverpool let go on a free transfer under Klopp – and where they are now.

Jose Enrique

During his first summer in charge, Klopp let a number of players leave on a free transfer with Enrqiue being one of them.

The defender joined Real Zaragoza in 2016 after five years with the Reds where he played for one season before retiring due to a persistent knee injury.

Kolo Toure

Toure arrived from Manchester City on a free in 2013 and left on a free three years later to join Celtic. He hung up his boots in 2017 and switched to a coaching career, joining the staff of former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park before following the Northern Irishman down to Leicester in 2019 where he still is currently a first-team coach.

Jordan Rossiter

Rossiter joined Rangers at the end of his contract at Anfield in 2016 before being loaned out to Bury and Fleetwood Town having been hampered by injuries while struggling to make a mark on the first-team.

Still only 23, he was signed by League One side Fleetwood in the summer of 2020 on a one-year deal with the option of an extension and has become an important part of the midfield.

Joao Teixeira

After making eight appearances in all competitions for Liverpool – seven of those coming under Klopp – Teixeira signed for Porto in 2016 but was loaned out to Braga by the Portuguese giants before then signing for Guimaraes in 2018. He performed well enough to secure a move to Feyenoord in 2020 where the 28-year-old has made 16 appearances this term after only recently returning from a broken leg.

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Jerome Sinclair

Became Liverpool’s youngest ever player in 2012 after coming on as a substitute against West Brom in the League Cup but failed to push on and was loaned out to Wigan in 2015. At the end of his contract in the summer of 2016, he signed for Watford and the now 24-year-old is still a player for the Hornets, though has been sent out on loan every season he has been at Vicarage Road with spells at Birmingham, Sunderland, Oxford, VVV-Venlo and CSKA Sofia – where he’s playing this season.

Samed Yesil

Yesil made just two League Cup appearances for Liverpool in the 2012/13 season but was hampered by injuries and became a forgotten man in the youth set-up, being loaned to Luzern in 2015.

He was released from Liverpool in the summer of 2016 and joined Panionios in January 2017. He then moved to KFC Uerdingen in 2018, Ankara Demirspor in January 2020 before signing for FC Homburg in a regional German division in October last year.

Mario Balotelli

Balotelli was finally released on a free transfer on deadline in 2016 when Nice came calling for his services, the troublesome striker having spent the 2015/16 season on loan with AC Milan.

He got off to an impressive start with the French club, scoring more than a goal every other game, but after returning late to training for the start of the 2018/19 season – new manager Patrick Vieira was not happy. Balotelli failed to score in any of his first ten appearances that term and in the January transfer his contract was terminated, allowing him to sign for Marseille on a deal until the end of the season.

Again the player got off to an impressive start, scoring eight goals in 15 appearances but was sent off in the final game of the season and the Ligue 1 club decided not to offer him a new deal. He returned to Serie A with Brescia for the 2019/20 season and in typically chaotic fashion, he scored five goals before the season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and then repeatedly failed to turn up for training upon resumption of the campaign. The club started legal action to end Balotelli’s contract he became a free agent in 2020, spent time training with Serie D’s Franciacorta in November 2020 before agreeing a short-term deal with Serie B side Monza on December 8.

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Jack Dunn

Dunn never made a senior appearance for Liverpool and joined Tranmere on a free transfer in the summer of 2017 after a series of loan moves. The 26-year-old moved to Warrington the following term and has been loaned to Southport this season.

Alex Manninger

Manninger joined Liverpool on a short-term deal in July 2016 to provide goalkeeping cover for Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius at the age of 39. He left for free in the summer of 2017 after no first-team appearances and announced his retirement from professional football, moving back to Austria to work in the building trade.

Ryan Fulton

Fulton was included on the bench three times by Klopp in the first period of the 2015/16 season until Danny Ward was recalled from his loan in January of that season. The now 24-year-old goalkeeper was sent out to Portsmouth and then Chesterfield on loan before joining Hamilton in 2017 where he still plays.

Emre Can

One that got away for Liverpool – Can joined Juventus on a free transfer after four seasons of regular football at Anfield.

The Germany international is now excelling for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, where he has become a regular.

Lazar Markovic

Things never worked out for Markovic at Liverpool, and his disastrous spell was finally brought to an end when he joined Fulham in January 2019.

The former Serbia international only lasted six months at Craven Cottage though, and has since returned to Partizan, the club where he started his career.

Jon Flanagan

After eight years of failing to nail down a regular starting place, full-back Flanagan finally left the club in 2018 when his contract expired.

Steven Gerrard snapped him up for Rangers on a two-year deal, but the England international has since moved to Charleroi in Belgium.

Daniel Sturridge

Like so many others, Sturridge’s time at Liverpool just fizzled out in the end, as injuries wreaked havoc on his career.

The former England international joined Turkish side Trabzonspor on a free transfer in 2019, but has been without a club for over a year now after he was found guilty for breaching betting rules.

Alberton Moreno

Having been edged out of the team by Andy Robertson, Moreno was released by Liverpool after five years at the club in 2019.

The left-back had plenty of time in his first season at Villarreal last term, but a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee has severely hampered his involvement this season.

Adam Bogdan

A somewhat bizarre signing in the first place, Bogdan’s two year spell at Liverpool came to an end in 2019 with just six appearances to his name in total.

Having initially joined Hibs, the Hungarian has moved back to his homeland and plays for Ferencvaros these days.

Connor Randall

Right-back Randall was released in 2019 with just a handful of first team appearances to his name after coming up through the Reds academy.

Having initially joined Bulgarian outfit Arda Kardzhali, Randall is now battling it out in Scotland with Ross County.

Pedro Chirivella

Chirivella joined Liverpool from Valencia as a sixteen-year-old in the summer of 2013. He made one first-team Premier League appearance under Klopp in 2016 against Swansea but was handed 10 other appearances for the Reds in cup competitions.

The 23-year-old was offered a new contract at Anfield last summer but opted to sign for Nantes where he has made 18 appearances this season, making the switch after feeling his playing time would be more limited under Klopp.

Nathaniel Clyne

Not many players have had to deal with injury woes as badly as Clyne, who after being an almost ever-present was reduced to just 10 appearances in his last two seasons at Anfield.

The emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold all but confirmed his fate last summer, but the 29-year-old has managed to get some games under his belt for Crystal Palace this season.

Andy Lonergan

Signed as a back-up, Lonergan never made an appearance for Liverpool in his solo season at the club.

Having been released last summer, the 37-year-old is now playing the same role at West Brom this term.

Adam Lallana

Having seen his playing time reduced over the last three seasons, Lallana left Liverpool last season for Brighton on a free transfer.

As expected, the England international has become a vital player for the Seagulls, and will be hoping to steer them clear of relegation this season.

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