5 Former Liverpool Stars Who Regret Leaving Arsenal As Sadio Mane, Phillipe Coutinho Struggle

5 Former Liverpool Stars Who Regret Leaving Arsenal As Sadio Mane, Phillipe Coutinho Struggle

Fred Kennedy
March 30, 2023 at 11:20 AM
  • A number of world-class footballers have played for Liverpool in recent years
  • Some managed to end their careers at Anfield while others decided to move on
  • Sports Brief looks at some players who will certainly regret having left the Reds

Liverpool have had the privilege of having some of the world's best players turn out for the club.

Despite their rich history, the Merseysiders have also been unable to retain some of their best players, who often opt for moves away.

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A disappointed Sadio Mane during a UEFA Champions League group match between Napoli and Liverpool at the Stadio San Paolo. Photo by Francesco Pecoraro.
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According to The Mirror, the Reds have stuck to a unique financial structure during Jurgen Klopp's reign, where the club has declined to agree to wage demands from players during contract renewals.

As a result, Liverpool have gone on to lose some of their best players to their European rivals, with the stars moving out in search of greener pastures.

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While those players left with the hope of continuing to thrive, few have managed to live up to their billing elsewhere.

Sports Brief takes a look at five players who left Liverpool and had their careers take a nosedive.

5. Emre Can

Emre Can was among the highly-rated players that Klopp inherited when he kicked off his Anfield reign.

However, as fate would have it, the midfielder did not play under the German for long, as he left after just a season for a big-money move to Juventus.

Can failed to make an impact in Turin and was subsequently shipped out to Borussia Dortmund.

4. Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino was a key squad player for Klopp whenever the German needed to rotate his squad.

However, the forward was seemingly dissatisfied playing a second-fiddle role at Anfield and decided to seek a move away.

He eventually joined Monaco, where he has been unable to make an impact despite being a regular.

Takumi has scored just 10 goals in 48 club matches since joining the French club.

3. Philippe Coutinho

A darling during his days at Anfield, Phillipe Coutinho turned his back on Liverpool fans at a time they needed him the most.

The Brazilian had become a fan-favourite for the Reds before he showed interest in quitting the Premier League giants.

Coutinho unsuccessfully tried to push for an exit in the summer of 2017, with Barcelona being his top destination.

He was finally granted his wish in January 2018, sealing a switch to Camp Nou for an eyewatering deal believed to have been worth more than £140 million.

However, the playmaker failed to make a mark at the Catalan club and was eventually shipped back to the Premier League with Aston Villa.

2. Gini Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum had won it all at Anfield before he decided it was time to go.

The Dutchman dumped Liverpool for a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021. However, he went from being a regular at Anfield to keeping a place on the bench at PSG.

Wijnaldum is currently on loan with Jose Mourinho's AS Roma.

1. Sadio Mane

The Senegalese star was a darling at Anfield during his six-year stay with Liverpool.

Mane formed an important part of Klopp's success at the club before he decided to leave last summer.

The winger's departure came after contract talks between him and the Reds failed to materialise.

He went on to join Bayern Munich but has not been able to replicate his form at the German club.

Mane wants to prove himself

Sports Brief also reported that Mane wants to prove himself to the newly appointed Bayern Munich boss, Thomas Tuchel.

The Senegalese star has battled for form and consistency since his move from Liverpool at the end of last season.

With a new manager now in charge, Mane wants to prove to the club they didn’t make a mistake in seeking his signature.

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