How have those who left Liverpool last summer fared on pastures new?

BEN PAINTER looks at how the senior players who left Liverpool last summer have got on with their new clubs.

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Liverpool let go of nine players at the end of last season for a combined total of £42.15million. No first team regulars departed – they were mainly squad and backup players looking to move on for game time.

The biggest name to be sold was Dejan Lovren, who Liverpool probably needed this season with the defensive injury crisis.

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Here are the players who left Liverpool and how they got on at their new clubs this season.

Pedro Chirivella

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The Spanish holding midfielder was released at the end of the last campaign, after seven years on Merseyside. But he managed just 11 games in that time.

He signed for FC Nantes in Ligue 1 and has played 21 times so far this season getting one assist in a 3-1 victory over Stade Brest.

Nantes are 17th in the French top flight, level on points with 18th-placed Lorient who are in the relegation zone and they were knocked out of the Coup de France in their first game.

Nathaniel Clyne

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Clyne started off his Liverpool career really well after a £12.5m move from Southampton, but an injury ahead of the 2017/18 season virtually ended his Liverpool career.

He was eventually released Liverpool after last season having made no appearances and he re-signed for former club Crystal Palace for free.

Crystal Palace are doing fairly well this season, currently in 13th place in the Premier League, but out of all cup competitions.

Clyne has played 14 times this season and has picked up one assist and kept one clean sheet, he has been their most used right-back this season, appearing to have left his injury problems behind him.

Andy Lonergan

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Lonergan was signed as a backup goalkeeper and, although he did not play a game for the Reds, he was a useful squad player and appeared to be well liked amongst his teammates.

After just a year, he was released by the Reds and was without a club until December 2, when Championship outfit Stoke City picked him up on a short-term contract after injuries to all their senior stoppers.

He played just one game in a 3-1 EFL Cup quarter final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and later left, signing for Sam Allardyce’s West Brom in January 2021.

Now 37, Lonergan is an experienced backup goalkeeper for the Baggies and is yet to play a game. West Brom are in the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Adam Lallana

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Injuries plagued his later seasons with Liverpool and he could not get into the side, and after six years he was released to get some game time.

Lallana chose to sign for Brighton and Hove Albion back on the south coast. The Seagulls are currently sat precariously above the relegation zone, but look to have enough talent to survive.

The midfielder has played 19 games this season, getting one assist, playing mainly in central midfield. He has has a few injuries, missing seven games with a groin strain in the middle of the season.

Dejan Lovren

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Like Lallana, Lovren was no longer one of the first names on the team sheet and was one of the older members of the squad.

He was signed by Zenit St. Petersburg for £10.9m and has been very successful, winning the Russian Super Cup and was named captain in November.

Lovren has played all but two games for Zenit, scoring two goals in that time. His side are also currently top of the Russian Premier League, meaning the defender could be on to win back-to-back domestic league titles – albeit with two different clubs.

Ovie Ejaria

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Ejaria spent the season before his permanent departure on loan at Reading, who bought him for £3m.

Playing mainly on the left wing for the Royals, Ejaria has five assists and two goals in 27 games this season and has played a big part in their campaign.

Reading are currently in fifth place and in a comfortable playoff spot, looking to perhaps return to the Premier League next season.

Ki-Jana Hoever

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Hoever was one of the surprise sales, moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £9m. At the time it was heralded as a great fee for such a young player, especially considering it was likely brought about to sweeten the deal to bring Diogo Jota to Anfield.

The Dutchman has played 13 games for Wolves so far, playing mainly in their cup competitions at right-back, right wing-back and at centre-back – but they are now out of both cups.

Wolves are 12th in the Premier League and are not doing quite as well as last season, but they have been without their main striker Raul Jiménez and, of course, Jota.

Rhian Brewster

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The forward left for Sheffield United, who paid £18million for his services. The deal came as surprise initially, but after zero goals and assists in South Yorkshire it’s clear Jürgen Klopp and Michael Edwards knew what they were doing with this sale.

Brewster only played four games for Liverpool and spent the second half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Swansea City, scoring 11 goals in 22 games. It was a very good return and many fans thought he would be a member of the first-team squad upon his return to Anfield, but it was not to be.

The Blades are rock bottom of the Premier League and a long way from safety. It’s looking very likely they and Brewster will be relegated this season.

Herbie Kane

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Kane signed for Championship Barnsley for £1.25m after making just two senior appearances for the club. He had fairly successful loan spells with Doncaster Rovers and Hull City, prompting fellow Yorkshire side Barnsley to make a move.

The midfielder has played 24 timed for Barnsley this season, getting one assist in a 2-0 win against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup.

His side are comfortable in the Championship, and even stand an outside chance of finishing in one of the playoff spots come the end of the season. Barnsley making it to the Premier League would be an amazing achievement, and one that Kane has played a large part in.

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