Ranking the Liverpool Players Whose Transfer Values Have Moved Most in 2017
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Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho are valuable assets for Liverpool.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Liverpool’s season has so far been a mixture of outstanding highs and disappointing lows.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad have consistently done well against the big guns—they are still unbeaten against the top six—but have struggled badly to beat the so-called lesser sides in the Premier League.
Bleacher Report has already evaluated other leading squads—including Arsenal and Barcelona—in terms of current transfer prices.
Now it is Liverpool’s turn, as we look at their top five risers and fallers in terms of value. While some have shone in the famous red shirt this season, others have slipped down the pecking order.
All current fees listed are estimates, although where possible we’ve tried to use transfer stories from 2016 to show how a player’s stock has changed. Contract lengths are also taken into account.
Biggest Fall: 5th, Alberto Moreno
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Alberto Moreno has lost his job to a converted central midfielder.Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £5 million
Estimated Difference: £2.5 million
A defender who struggles to defend, Alberto Moreno is stuck on the bench these days watching a converted midfielder play his position.
“You might as well start a goal down with Moreno at left-back,” Gary Neville said on Sky Sports (h/t Marcus Christenson of the Guardian) during the Reds’ 4-3 win over Arsenal on August 14, 2016.
The Spaniard is a willing raider down the flank, but too often he neglects his defensive duties. It’s not that he can’t defend—it just seems to slip his mind from time to time.
Liverpool paid Sevilla £15.3 million for the player in August 2014, per Transfermarkt. He’s failed to justify that fee so far and is now stuck as James Milner’s understudy.
If Klopp the coach decides he cannot mould something worthwhile out of Moreno, Liverpool will have to cut their losses.
A return to his homeland (albeit not to one of the major La Liga teams) would seem the likely next move.
Biggest Fall: 4th, Emre Can
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Emre Can’s contract situation will be a major talking point for Liverpool this summer.Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £12 million
Estimated Difference: £5.5 million
Emre Can is a divisive figure among Liverpool fans. Physically capable of coping with the demands of the Premier League, the German flashes examples of his talent.
However, there are also times when Can appears to be more of a hindrance than a help.
Klopp has shuffled the 23-year-old around in midfield, using him as the spare part when someone’s broken down, while he also previously appeared in defence for former manager Brendan Rodgers.
“The only position I think he can play is the one he played [against Burnley], the sitting midfielder, because he needs legs around him. [Klopp] is playing Jordan Henderson ahead of him,” Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports (h/t Mark Critchley of The Independent).
Yet, performances on the field aren’t the main reason for Can’s decline in value. His contract expires in the summer of 2018, leaving Liverpool needing to make a decision over his long-term future.
Whatever the choice, a section of supporters won’t be happy.
Biggest Fall: 3rd, Mamadou Sakho
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Mamadou Sakho was shipped out on loan to Crystal Palace in January.Alex Morton/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £8.5 million
Estimated Difference: £6.8 million
Mamadou Sakho’s value has dropped despite not putting a foot wrong for Liverpool on the field. Off it, however, the Frenchman fell short of what was expected of him.
Per Transfermarkt, Sakho was worth £15.3 million at the end of last July.
That was the same time as he was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in the United States. According to Tony Banks of the Express, Klopp took action after three breaches of club discipline.
Banished from the senior team for the first half of the season, the centre-back joined struggling Crystal Palace on loan at the end of the January transfer window.
Could Sakho play his way back into Klopp’s good books? Possibly, but it seems more likely the temporary stint with the Eagles is putting the player in the shop window.
Transfermarkt now reckons Sakho is worth just £8.5 million, nearly half the amount Liverpool paid to Paris Saint-Germain in September 2013.
Biggest Fall: 2nd, Danny Ings
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Danny Ings has endured rotten luck with injuries since joining Liverpool.OLI SCARFF/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £7.5 million
Estimated Difference: £12.5 million
Poor Danny Ings. Injuries have dogged the striker ever since he joined from Burnley in July 2015.
His debut season was cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee. Having battled hard to regain fitness, Ings suffered a problem in his right knee just two games into his comeback.
Ings’ value has undoubtedly plummeted due to two lost years, although he’s still just 24.
According to Glenn Price of ESPN FC, eight English clubs were interested in signing Ings in the summer of 2016, with one “willing to pay in excess of £20 million” to acquire the player.
No team would be willing to risk such a sum 12 months on, albeit someone desperately looking for a scorer on the cheap that might take a punt on a player who scored 11 goals in the Premier League for Burnley in the 2014/15 campaign.
Biggest Fall: 1st, Daniel Sturridge
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Daniel Sturridge has spent a lot of this season spectating, rather than playing.Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £25 million
Estimated Difference: £20 million
Daniel Sturridge was a key component of Brendan Rodgers’ squad that came so close to ending Liverpool’s title drought in the 2013/14 season.
Playing alongside Luis Suarez, the striker scored 22 league goals that season. He’s managed only 14 since, with injury issues restricting his availability. Even when healthy Sturridge appears to be an afterthought for Klopp, a situational substitute who struggles to fit in with Liverpool’s style.
Paris Saint-Germain were apparently watching the forward last season, according to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail. The story printed in March 2016 mentioned a potential fee as high as £45 million.
Should they decide to sell this summer, the Reds will struggle to get anywhere near that for someone who has missed nine games (and counting) this season due to illness and injury.
Per Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday, West Ham “would be prepared to pay up to £25 million for Sturridge.”
That is a huge decrease in the space of just a year, showing how far the England international’s stock has fallen. Still, goalscoring forwards—no matter how fragile—are a commodity teams value highly.
Biggest Risers: Joint 5th, Trent Alexander-Arnold/Ben Woodburn
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Ben Woodburn came off the bench in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Burnley at Anfield.Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £5 million
Estimated Difference: £4.5 million
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn gatecrashed the first team during Liverpool’s EFL Cup campaign—and they have hung around ever since.
Never afraid to give youth a chance, Klopp has utilised two of the club’s youth-team products to supplement his squad. Both have appeared in the Premier League, albeit mainly from the bench.
Alexander-Arnold filled in for Nathaniel Clyne at right-back for the 1-1 draw against Manchester United in January. Thrown in at the deep end, the 18-year-old did a respectable job at Old Trafford.
Striker Woodburn, meanwhile, sprung to prominence with Liverpool’s second goal in their 2-0 EFL Cup triumph over Leeds United, making him the youngest scorer in the club’s illustrious history.
If the duo had departed last summer, few fans would’ve batted an eyelid. Now, they are seen as two of the most promising teenagers coming through the ranks at Anfield.
Biggest Riser: 4th, Adam Lallana
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Adam Lallana and Jurgen Klopp: A match made in footballing heaven.OLI SCARFF/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £45 million
Estimated Difference: £5 million
Adam Lallana’s stock continues to rise.
Speculation in the English media in December suggested Paris Saint-Germain were prepared to pay £40 million to sign the England international, according to Joe Rimmer of the Liverpool Echo.
There was another twist to the transfer tale this January. Per Matt Hughes of The Times (h/t ESPN FC) in January of this year, Barcelona and Juventus were also “expressing an interest.”
Liverpool responded to the rumours by handing the player a new long-term contract.
Lallana’s deal has only further increased his value, although it seems unlikely Klopp would consider selling a player who he’s transformed from peripheral figure to key contributor.
Biggest Riser: 3rd, Sadio Mane
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Liverpool paid a high price to secure Sadio Mane, but he’s paying them back with goals.Michael Regan/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £50 million
Estimated Difference: £14.98 million
According to Transfermarkt, Liverpool paid £35.02 million to sign Sadio Mane from Southampton.
At the time, eyebrows were raised over the deal, even though the Senegalese forward had reached double figures for goals in the last two Premier League seasons with Saints.
While admitting it was a “pivotal signing,” former Red Phil Thompson felt his old club had overspent for a player with a tendency to blow hot and cold. “I think we’ve paid far too much for him,” he told Sky Sports.
Mane, however, already looks worth every penny Liverpool forked out to bring him to Anfield.
He’s scored 12 goals and provided five assists in his debut season as a Red, becoming a pivotal member of the first XI and the clear first-choice starter on the right side of Klopp’s attacking trio in a 4-3-3 formation.
Still only 24, Mane—who was badly missed when away at the Africa Cup of Nations in January—can get even better yet.
Biggest Riser: 2nd, Philippe Coutinho
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Philippe Coutinho has signed a new contract with Liverpool.Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £60 million
Estimated Difference: £20 million
Philippe Coutinho has failed to rediscover his best form since returning from injury. However, despite the dip, he’s still contributed six goals and five assists in the Premier League this season.
The Brazilian was the subject of a £23 million offer from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2016, according to Mark Brus of Metro.co.uk. That barely seems enough to buy his left leg now.
Undeterred, Tony Banks of the Express reported in December last year the French champions would be returning with an improved £40 million bid in the January transfer window.
Barcelona were also linked with a move, but Liverpool made life tougher for any potential suitors by handing Coutinho a new contract. While the club didn’t announce terms, BBC Sport reported it to be a five-year deal.
Considering he’s now tied to the Reds until 2022, plus taking into account his age (24), it is safe to say the playmaker’s price tag has risen considerably since PSG’s last valuation.
Biggest Riser: 1st, Joel Matip
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Joel Matip proves you can still get a bargain in today’s transfer market.PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images
Estimated Current Value: £25 million
Estimated Difference: £25 million
Liverpool struck gold with the signing of Joel Matip.
Experienced defenders in their prime don’t normally move on free transfers, but the Reds were able to get Matip for nothing after he ran down his contract at Bundesliga club Schalke 04.
Goal’s Melissa Reddy declared in February 2016 the Reds had grabbed a centre-back who “could easily fetch a fee upwards of £15 million.”
Transfermarkt now judges the Cameroonian to be worth £17 million, although it would cost considerably more than that to prize him away from Anfield this summer.
Liverpool have struggled defensively for too long now. While bringing in Matip isn’t the entire answer to the problem, his presence in the back four gives the spine a much stronger look.
All statistics used in the feature are from WhoScored.com unless otherwise stated.