The Two Liverpool Transfer Blunders
One of the most successful clubs in history, Liverpool have struggled to win major trophies in the recent past. While the future looks bright under the guidance of manager Jurgen Klopp, the Anfield side is still quite far away from realising the heights that made them one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Over the years, Liverpool have had a number of glorious players playing for them; some homegrown, like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and some of them brought in from other clubs, like Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres to name a few. While the likes of Gerrard and Carragher ended their careers at Anfield, some players had their time with the Reds cut short. Here we bring you two such players whom the club will have regretted selling in recent times.
It is quite hard to comprehend why Liverpool let go of Pepe Reina the way they did. There were reports linking him with few clubs and he eventually ended up joining Napoli, with Liverpool signing Simon Mignolet to replace him.
Reina joined Liverpool back in the summer of 2005 from Villarreal under Rafael Benitez and went on to establish himself as the No.1 at Anfield. The Spaniard racked up a whopping 394 appearances for the club before joining Napoli on loan under Benitez. He then went on to complete a transfer to Bayern Munich permanently in the summer of 2014, before moving to Napoli again, a season later.
At 34, Reina is still putting in some fine displays for Italian side, while Liverpool have struggled with their goal-keeping options Mignolet and Loris Karius. He still had plenty left in his tank and could have been a key member of the Reds’ squad under Jurgen Klopp.
Arguably the best striker in the game right now, Luis Suarez almost single-handedly won the Premier League title for Liverpool in the 2013-14 season. Having joined the Reds in January 2011, as a replacement for Fernando Torres who left to join Chelsea, Suarez was the best player in the Liverpool squad for three years.
There were controversies with him on the pitch – the Branislav Ivanovic bite incident, the Patrice Evra racial abuse incident, but the maverick Uruguayan forward continued to make waves with his prolific goal-scoring record for the Reds. But another biting incident in the FIFA World Cup 2014 on Giorgio Chiellini of Italy proved to be the final straw as the Reds decided to cash in on him, with Barcelona ready to spend.
Liverpool sold him to the Catalan outfit for a whopping sum, making a huge profit on him, after the forward scored 82 goals from 133 appearances for the club. While it could be argued that Liverpool could have fought harder to make Suarez stay, when the likes of Barcelona come calling it is hard for a player to say no. However, if the Uruguayan was still at the Merseyside club, things would have been so much more different.