Klopp’s first Liverpool starting XI… Where are they now?
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Klopp’s first Liverpool starting XI… Where are they now?

14/02/24 13:59

Jurgen Klopp has redefined how we see Liverpool in the 21st century since joining the Reds at the end of 2015. Arguably creating one of the best teams the Premier League has ever seen for the 2019/20 season.

Four years on from that title triumph, a first for Liverpool in 30 years, and the Liverpool side we see lining up today is very different from that team. But the line-up that Klopp first fielded for his new club just over 8 years ago… Well, that’s on another planet.

Here’s Klopp’s first ever starting XI for Liverpool, and where they are now:

Simon Mignolet

He racked up over 200 appearances for Liverpool, more than club legend Fernando Torres.

He eventually left for Club Brugge in 2019 after six years at Anfield.

He’s still there now at 35 and has won three league titles in the Belgian top-flight in five seasons.

Nathaniel Clyne

The right-back played 52 times in Klopp’s first season at Liverpool. A clear favourite of the German’s but after injuries, the young Trent Alexander-Arnold stepped up and Clyne couldn’t get back into the side.

He’s now fighting for a place at Crystal Palace, and 32.

Martin Škrtel

The former Reds man is now playing in the 8th tier of Slovakian football, for his hometown club of FK Hajskala Ráztocno.

The 38-year-old was forced into retirement last year due to a chronic back injury after stints at Fenerbahçe, Atalanta, Istanbul Basaksehir and Spartak Trnava.

But couldn’t resist a stint for his local amateur side, where he’s one of the youngest players on the team and now plays in a free-flowing role, which he likens to Lionel Messi.

Mamadou Sakho

The Frenchman is currently without a club after an argument at Montpellier, whom he joined after four seasons with Crystal Palace.

Alberto Moreno:

Similarly to the case of Clyne, Moreno was eventually replaced by the now world-class Andy Robertson at Liverpool.

He left the Reds in the summer of 2019 when his contract expired but has gone on to win the Europa League with Villareal in 2021, defeating Manchester United in the final. He’s now 31.

Lucas Leiva

The Brazilian retired at the start of 2023 following a return to Gremio in his nations top-flight.

A gifted midfielder unlucky to be sandwiched between the 2005 and 2019 Champions League wins, joining in 2007 and leaving for Lazio in 2017.

Emre Can

Can is now with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund after leaving Juventus in 2018, where he recovered from Thyroid Cancer.

He left Klopp’s team in 2018 and now has over 100 appearances for Dortmund and 29 years old.

James Milner

The 37-year-old is still going strong in the English top-flight, now at Brighton & Hove Albion.

With over 600 Premier League appearances, Milner is closing in on the top-spot for the most in the competition’s history.

Adam Lallana

The former Southampton man is now also at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Lallana joined Liverpool in 2014 alongside Saints players Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert. He left in 2020 at 32 years old.

Philippe Coutinho

Another Brazilian for Klopp’s side, becoming a force of nature under the German.

Coutinho would go on to leave Liverpool in 2018 for Barcelona before joining Bayern Munich on loan, winning the Champions League and then making it permanent with Aston Villa. Most recently, he joined Qatar side Al-Duhail at 31.

Divock Origi

A scorer for Liverpool in the 2019 Champions league final, the Belgian left for AC Milan in 2022.

He was sent out on loan to Lille and Wolfsburg during his time for the Reds but is now back in England, playing for Nottingham Forest.

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