4 Players Who Were Huge Hit At Anfield But Flopped After Leaving Liverpool – Sadio Mane will be starting a new journey in the forthcoming season. The Senegal superstar has ended his successful 6-year stay with Liverpool to sign for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. He has signed a contract with the German champions until 2025.
Bayern Munich completed the signing of Mane in a deal worth up to £35m. They will pay Liverpool an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearances, and will pay another £2.5m based on individual and team achievements.
Mane leaves Liverpool as one of their greatest players, a fact that not many would question. He arrived at Anfield in 2016 from Southampton and went on to become one of the most important parts of Jurgen Klopp’s revolution at Liverpool.
Mane won every major club honour with the Merseyside club. His first trophy with Liverpool came in 2019 when he played an integral role in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph. In the following season, he helped the Reds win the Premier League title.
The star winger completed his English trophy set by winning the League Cup and FA Cup this year. He also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2019. During his stay with Liverpool, Mane scored a total of 120 goals in 269 games for the club. In his last season with the English giants, he scored 23 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions.
Mane will be eyeing a similar successful spell with Bayern Munich. Recent trends, however, have shown that moving away from Anfield after a successful stint has rarely paid dividends especially after leaving Klopp’s dressing room.
Klopp has a reputation of making stars out of relatively unknown players through his own coaching ability and is arguably the best in the game when it comes to man-management. Unsurprisingly, several players have struggled to do well after leaving Klopp’s Liverpool.
In the last one decade or so, hardly any player has managed to do well after leaving Anfield following a successful spell. So as Mane gears up to start his journey with Bayern Munich, we are taking a look at 5 players who were a huge hit at Liverpool but failed to do well after leaving it.
4 Players Who Were Huge Hit At Anfield But Flopped After Leaving Liverpool:
4. Fernando Torres:
Fernando Torres is the only player in the list who has not been coached by Klopp at Liverpool. The Spaniard was a huge hit at Anfield after arriving from boyhood club Atletico Madrid July 2007. He hit the ground running in the Premier League, scoring a stunning 33 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign.
The World Cup-winner went on to play a total of 142 times and score 81 goals in three-and-a-half successful seasons with Liverpool before deciding to join Chelsea in 2011. He was arguably the best centre-forward in the world at that moment as Chelsea secured his services for a club record fee.
Torres, however, failed to live up to the expectations. He managed to score only 1 goal in 18 appearances in his first season with Chelsea and never really managed to hit the top gear with the London-based club. During his time at Stamford Bridge, he scored only 45 goals in 172 matches before leaving for Milan on loan and then permanently.
3. Georginio Wijnaldum:
Georginio Wijnaldum was another important part of Klopp’s revolution at Liverpool. The Dutch international left Liverpool last season after his contract expired. While the fans were hoping for Wijnaldum to renew the contract, he decided otherwise and signed up for Paris Saint-Germain.
Wijnaldum, however, failed to do well in Paris. He started 22 of 38 Ligue 1 games but failed to make any impact. The poor form with the club saw him being left out of the most recent Holland squad by Louis van Gaal. Not only that, Wijnaldum was also named Ligue 1’s ‘Flop of the Year’ by Get French Football News.
Wijnaldum can still turn things around but the start has been absolutely disastrous. The midfielder faces a herculean task in his second season with the French champions.
2. Emre Can:
Just like Wijnaldum, Emre Can also decided against renewing his contract after it expired in 2018. The German midfielder was a Klopp favourite during his time at Anfield. He had signed for Liverpool from Bayern Leverkusen in 2014 and went on to become an integral part of Klopp’s team.
He made 167 appearances for Liverpool and was a part of the team that made it to the final of the Champions League in 2018. Can scored 14 goals during his stay at Liverpool before signing up for Juventus in 2018.
He signed a 4-year contract with Juventus but his spell in Italy turned out to be a nightmare for him. He made only 45 appearances while scoring 4 goals for the Serie A giants and left the club for Borussia Dortmund after falling out of favour under head coach Maurizio Sarri. His move to Dortmund was initially a loan one before it was made permanent.
1. Philippe Coutinho:
No player can describe this list better than Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian was the first significant departure of Klopp’s era after he forced Liverpool to sell him midway through the season. Barcelona signed him for a whopping amount of £142m in January 2018.
Coutinho was a huge hit at Liverpool and was widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world. His creativity in the midfield and ability to score crucial goals especially from long range made him one of the most crucial players for Liverpool. Coutinho, however, decided to leave for Barcelona in hope of taking his career to a higher level but it did not take long for him to realise that it was a mistake.
While Liverpool went on to make it to the final of the Champions League after overturning a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the same season, Coutinho struggled to make a mark at Camp Nou. In the following seasons, Liverpool went on to win the Champions League as well as Premier League while Coutinho’s promising career fell apart.
He was loaned to Bayern Munich where he won the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League although as a bit-part player before returning to Barcelona and failing to deliver again. He finally left Barcelona this year after signing up for Aston Villa.