It may seem far too soon to be doing a ‘where are they now’ video about the 2018 Champions League final, but in the nine months since that match, over half of Liverpool’s seven-man bench have left the club, either on-loan or on permanent deals.
It’s been a while since we have done one of these videos, but long-time viewers will remember that we used to do lots of last 7 signings, last 7 sales or 7 subs videos, with a look at where those players are now, and if you have any interesting ideas that follow those formats, feel free to send them our way in the comments or on Twitter as always!
Here are Liverpool’s 7 subs from the 2018 Champions League final: Where are they now?
7. Simon Mignolet - Liverpool
Liverpool fans could be forgiven for wishing that Simon Mignolet had started the 2018 Champions League final. The Belgian international was considered the lesser of two evils prior to Alisson Becker’s arrival, but Loris Karius had an evening to forget in the Liverpool goal. Karius has since left the club to join Besiktas on-loan, whilst Mignolet is still at Anfield, where he has made just one appearance in each of the domestic cup competitions as Alisson’s backup.
6. Nathaniel Clyne - Bournemouth
Nathaniel Clyne of AFC Bournemouth during a training session at Vitality Stadium on February 15, 2019 in Bournemouth, England.
Following an injury-plagued 2017-18 campaign for Nathaniel Clyne, youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold retained the starting berth at right-back in Liverpool’s team to face Real Madrid. That meant a spot on the bench for Clyne, who played just 5 games all season. Following such a bright start to life at Anfield, Clyne played second fiddle to Alexander-Arnold at the start of this campaign too, and Jurgen Klopp let the former Southampton man join Bournemouth on-loan during the January transfer window. Naturally then, Alexander-Arnold was sidelined soon after, leaving Klopp with a selection headache at right-back.
5. Ragnar Klavan - Cagliari
Liverpool have had a big problem with centre-back’s in recent years, and Ragnar Klavan was part of that problem for two years on Merseyside. The captain of the Estonia national team who has represented his country some 125 times joined Liverpool from Augsburg for less than £5 million in 2016. He was a bargain replacement, and it wasn’t really until the Reds got out the cheque book and splashed the cash on Virgil van Dijk that they started to see some improvements at the heart of their defence. Klavan, meanwhile, left the club to join Italian outfit Cagliari over the summer.
4. Alberto Moreno - Liverpool
(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during a training session on February 12, 2019 in Marbella, Spain.
Another problem position for Liverpool, pretty much since the departure of John Arne Riise in 2008, has been left-back. It arguably took them a decade to find a suitable replacement in the form of Andy Robertson, but the lively Scot has gone from strength to strength since being handed his chance in the first team by Jurgen Klopp. Moreno didn’t get on the pitch for the Champions League final, having been heavily criticised for his performance in their Europa League final against Sevilla two years earlier, and he’s made just four appearances for the club in all competitions this season.
3. Adam Lallana - Liverpool
A player who I am a big fan of but one who just cannot seem to find any kind of rhythm or fitness over the last two or three years, Adam Lallana was introduced much earlier than he would have expected in the Champions League final. Following Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury after just half an hour, Lallana was handed the unenviable task of replacing Liverpool’s star man. The former Southampton captain registered just 15 appearances in all competitions last season, and he has made only 8 so far this term. It’s a real shame as Lallana is a really intelligent and technically very good footballer who could be an important player for both Liverpool and England.
2. Emre Can - Juventus
ALLIANZ STADIUM, TURIN, ITALY - 2019
It seemed like Emre Can’s move to Juventus was in the offing for a long time, so there was no real fan fare or shock when he finally joined the Italian giants from Liverpool on a free transfer. A versatile and athletic footballer who is very handy to have on the bench, Can came on for Liverpool in the 83rd minute in place of James Milner, the same minute in which Gareth Bale scored the goal that killed the game. Since signing for Juve, Can has made 21 appearances, and he’s already won one Supercoppa Italiana.
1. Dominic Solanke - Bournemouth
The second of Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final substitutes now playing for Bournemouth, Dominic Solanke also joined the Cherries in January, although it was a permanent deal worth a reported £19 million in his case. That transfer fee raised one or two eyebrows, given that Solanke had scored just one goals from 27 appearances during his season-and-a-half at Anfield, but Eddie Howe clearly sees potential in the 21-year-old. He played no part in the 2018 final, but he did feature in four Champions League games en-route to the final in Kyiv.
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