It’s becoming a trend for Liverpool to lose key and top players to our biggest rivals in European football –
1999-00 - McManaman to Real Madrid – (Free transfer).
2001-02 – Fowler to Leeds Utd. (Rival at that time)
2004-05 - Owen to Real Madrid – (Free transfer).
2009-10 - Arbeloa to Real Madrid.
2009-10 - Alonso to Real Madrid.
2010-11 - Mascherano to Barcelona.
2010-11 - Benayoun to Chelsea.
2010-11 - Torres to Chelsea.
2011-12 - Meireles to Chelsea.
2014-15 - Reina to Bayern Munich.
2014-15 - Suarez to Barcelona.
2015-16 - Sterling to Man City.
2015-16 - Gerrard to LA Galaxy (Not a rival) but forced.
2017-18 - Coutinho to Barcelona
2018-19 - Can probably to Juventus? – (Free transfer).
10 of these 15 players lost from 1999 to 2018, were under FSGs watch, and if we look at the quality we once had, that has been sold or moved on to get them off the wage bill under FSG, with player’s like –
Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Sakho, Aurelio, Maxi, Meireles, Adam, Lucas, Shelvey, Babel, Gerrard, Sterling, Bellamy, Kuyt, Torres and Suarez, with Coutinho now and Emre Can to follow at the end of the season.
Now we can see why we are not winning trophies anymore, but do we blame losing our very best players to our European rivals, because they want to win trophies, and the fear of going their entire career at Liverpool without a Winners Medal, with 1 League Cup in the last 10 years proof of that, and one of many reasons why they want to go, if these very successful rival teams come in for them.
Do we honestly believe in our hearts that FSG would pay upto £66m for Keita and £75m for Van Dijk if they were not going to sell Coutinho.