Liverpool's player sales since 2006-07 have totalled close to £600 million. We look at Anfield's best 'sold XI' from the past decade.
Liverpool have sold some outstanding players over the previous ten seasons - some for outstanding fees and some for relative peanuts.
Indeed, since the 2006-07 season, fans of Liverpool have seen a range of big money transfers, such as: Robbie Keane, Mohammed Sissoko, Glen Johnson, Andy Carroll, Ryan Babel, Stuart Downing, Alberto Aquilani, Raul Meireles and Fabio Borini all arrive and leave Anfield.
However - none of the exhaustive list above make Liverpool's best 'sold XI' from the past decade.
GK: Pepe Reina
Former Barcelona and Villarreal goalkeeper Pepe Reina arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2005 for a fee of £6 million. The shot-stopper went on to make 394 appearances for Liverpool before departing for Napoli in 2013. Famed for his reputation as a penalty-stopper, Reina was instrumental in helping Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool win the 2006 FA Cup - by saving three of West Ham United’s penalties in a shootout.
Reina won the Premier League’s ‘Golden Gloves’ award in three consecutive seasons and achieved 50 clean sheets in 92 matches in the process.
CB: Martin Skrtel
Slovakian international Martin Skrtel joined from Zenit St Petersburg for £6.5 million during the January transfer window of 2008 - becoming Liverpool’s most expensive defender at the time. A fierce competitor, Skrtel made 320 appearances for Liverpool before departing for Fenerbache for £5 million in the summer of 2016.
CB: Javier Mascherano
Javier Mascherano signed for £18.6 million and played 139 times for Liverpool between 2007 and 2010. Known as Benitez’s ‘little chief’, Mascherano played a vital role in the engine room of Liverpool’s midfield and was part of a brilliant trio alongside Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard - the three possessing almost perfectly complimenting styles as the side finished runners-up in 2008-09 Premier League season.
Within weeks of Benitez’s departure from the club in the summer of 2010, Mascherano joined current club Barcelona for more than £17 million.
CB: Daniel Agger
Ball-playing defender, Daniel Agger, joined Liverpool for close to £6 million from Brondby on 12th January 2006 and made an outstanding impression during his first seasons at Anfield. Agger was seen as the replacement for Sami Hyypia and the left-sided Denmark native played 232 times for Liverpool - despite many injuries during his almost nine year stay on Merseyside. Agger took a pay-cut to return to Brondby in 2014, but injury forced his retirement, aged 31, in 2016.
CM: Xabi Alonso
Playmaker Xabi Alonso was an outstanding contributor towards Liverpool’s successes from 2004 to 2009 - including being instrumental in the 2005 Champions League victory in his debut season. Alonso’s range of passing and long range goals became a regular sight for Liverpool fans during the Spaniard’s 210 appearances for the Reds.
Benitez signed Alonso for £10.7 million from Real Sociedad - and sold the Spanish international to Real Madrid for £30 million in the summer of 2009.
CM: Joe Allen
Joe Allen followed Brendan Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea City in the summer of 2012, for a fee of £15 million. It took the Welsh international a while to settle at Liverpool, but Allen produced some impressive displays during his four year stint with the Reds - including being a part of Rodgers’ entertaining side that came so close to securing the Premier League title in 2013-14.
Despite an impressive European Championships for Wales in the summer of 2016, Allen was not viewed as part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans at Liverpool and, after 132 appearances, Allen transferred to Stoke City for £13 million.
Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre - otherwise known as 'Suso' joined Liverpool from Cadiz's youth set-up at the age of 16, despite offers from Real Madrid and Barcelona. It was Benitez who recognised the abilities of the young midfield player, but Suso did not feature for either Roy Hodgson or Kenny Dalglish, and had to wait until Rodgers took over for a chance to prove himself.
Rodgers gave Suso his professional debut, aged 18, and the left-footed Spaniard went on to make a total of 21 appearances for Liverpool before joining AC Milan in 2015. Since arriving at the San Siro, Suso has gone from strength to strength and is currently enjoying an impressive 2016-17 campaign - including a fantastic showing and two goals in the 2-2 Milan derby in November.
Suso will go down as someone who failed to fulfil his clear potential during his time at Anfield.
AM: Raheem Sterling
Sterling joined Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers' academy fro £500,000 in February 2010 and made his Premier League debut against Wigan Athletic in March 2012. Sterling made a total of 129 Liverpool appearances, including being a vital part of Rodgers' almost-title-winning 2013-14 campaign, before acrimoniously joining Manchester City for a potential £49 million in 2015.
The then 21-year-old Sterling, or his agent, had reportedly turned down a contract offer from the Reds of £100,000 per week prior to joining the blue side of Manchester.
FW: Luis Suarez
Currently one of the best players on the planet, Luis Suarez joined Liverpool for £22.8 million and scored 82 goals in 133 appearances between 2011 and 2014. Suarez's Jekyll and Hyde persona included serving bans for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. However, a plethora of outstanding performances under Rodgers should perhaps have been deserving of Liverpool's first Premier League title.
After coming so close to lifting the league trophy in 2014, Suarez departed for Barcelona in a huge £65 million pound transfer.
FW: Fernando Torres
Whilst Suarez scored 82 goals for Liverpool, his predecessor bagged an impressive 81 strikes in 142 game for the club. Fernando Torres was signed in 2007 from boyhood team Atletico Madrid by Benitez, for a then club record transfer fee of £20.2 million. During his time at Anfield, Torres became one of the best centre forwards around - and alongside Steven Gerrard the duo fired Liverpool to a second placed league finish in 2009.
Torres left Liverpool and moved to Chelsea for a record £50 million in January 2011 - making his Blues debut against his former club the following month. Torres experienced a disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge, before playing for AC Milan and rejoining Atletico. Torres failed to reach the level of performance, fitness, or goal record that Kopites were fortunate to witness during his three-and-a-half year stay on Merseyside.
FW: Christian Benteke
Having lost the goals of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling over a twelve month period, then Liverpool manager Rodgers invested £32.5 million on Christian Benteke. The former Aston Villa front man had scored 42 Premier League goals in the previous three seasons and arrived at Anfield with the hope of adding to that record.
However, Benteke's and Liverpool's styles of play did not snyc - even less so when Jurgen Klopp arrived to replace Rodgers in October 2015 - and after 10 goals in 42 games, the Belgium international forward left to join Crystal Palace in a potential £32 million deal.
Benteke is back in goal scoring form and currently has eight goals in 13 appearances since joining Palace