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Seven Liverpool flops that went on to be successful, including Peter Gulacsi and England ace Conor Coady

LIVERPOOL has had a multitude of stars play for them over the years.

And while some have been hits, many have been misses.

Coady was once in the Liverpool books before becoming an English star

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Coady was once in the Liverpool books before becoming an English starPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Players like Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen left the Reds in their prime.

But there are other players like Rafa Benitez and Gerard Houllier who were allowed to leave before they became household names.

We take a look at seven of the biggest frustrations for Liverpool fans in Premier League history…

CONOR COADY

Coady has only played one PL game for the Reds but is now in the England EURO squad

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Coady has only played one PL game for the Reds but is now in the England EURO squadPhoto credit: Reuters

COADY, 29, joined Liverpool in 2005 aged just 12 before working his way through the youth ranks.

Despite his obvious potential, the England star has only played two games for the Reds – and just one in the Premier League.

After a successful loan spell at then-League 1 club Sheffield United in 2013-14, Coady was traded to Huddersfield in the summer.

After playing in 45 of the Terriers’ 46 championship games, Coady joined Wolves after a single season.

Since then, the centre-back has been a mainstay of the team, helping them advance to the Premier League and even win European football.

Coady made his England debut against Denmark in 2020, winning Man of the Match in the process.

And the current Wolves captain appears to be nailed down to a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

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PETER GULACSI

Peter Gulacsi has never played a competitive game for Liverpool and is now a star at RB Leipzig

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Peter Gulacsi has never played a competitive game for Liverpool and is now a star at RB LeipzigPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

THE Hungarian goalkeeper, 31, spent six years at Liverpool – one on loan and then five years after signing permanently.

But Gulacsi has never played for the Reds – more often than not it’s their second or even third goalkeeper behind the likes of Pepe Reina and Brad Jones.

Gulacsi was loaned to Hereford, Tranmere and Hull before being sold to RB Salzburg in 2013.

After two impressive years in Austria, the goalkeeper moved to top club RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga.

Gulacsi has spent seven years at Leipzig after quickly becoming No. 1 and helping them win the league title AND Champions League.

Gulacsi has played 268 times for the Germans and is still going strong.

RAHEEM STERLING

Raheem Sterling left Liverpool a good player with raw potential - but now he's a global superstar

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Raheem Sterling left Liverpool a good player with raw potential – but now he’s a global superstarPhoto credit: Reuters

STERLING, 27, signed for Liverpool in 2010 after seven years with QPR aged just 15.

He made headlines a year later when he met FIVE in a 9-0 win for the youth team against Southend.

Sterling broke into the first team in 2012 and spent just over three seasons with the squad.

While Sterling was arguably already a ‘star’ during his final season at Liverpool, he was still very raw.

Even the most ardent Reds fans have to admit that the winger has only gone from strength to strength since joining Manchester City.

Since leaving Liverpool without a trophy, Sterling has helped Pep Guardiola’s side win three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups.

Sterling could soon add a fourth title to his collection and is just a game away from a second straight Champions League final.

ALVARO ARBELOA

Arbeloa left Liverpool in 2009 and became a first-team regular at Real Madrid

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Arbeloa left Liverpool in 2009 and became a first-team regular at Real MadridCredit: PA:Empics Sport

THE Spanish right-back, 39, spent just two seasons at the club – sharing minutes with Steven Finnan in his first.

Arbeloa was Liverpool’s undisputed first choice in 2008/09 but was quickly pinched by Real Madrid.

Arbeloa spent seven years at the Bernabeu, becoming a regular for the Spanish national team.

The right-back made 233 appearances for Real, winning the LaLiga title and two Champions League crowns.

Arbeloa won 56 caps and helped his team win THREE direct tournaments – Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.

And he retired in 2017 after a brief stint at West Ham, where he made three appearances.

IAGO ASPAS

Aspas was a laughing stock at Liverpool but became a Spain international after his departure

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Aspas was a laughing stock at Liverpool but became a Spain international after his departurePhoto credit: Action Images – Reuters

THE Spanish striker, 34, is arguably one of Liverpool’s biggest flop signings of all time.

Aspas only played 14 times in the Premier League – without scoring a single goal.

He will also go down in football folklore for his horror corner kick in the titular defeat to Chelsea in 2013/14.

Aspas left the club after just one season and moved to Sevilla before rejoining youth club Celta Vigo the following year.

Since then he has struck 119 times in LaLiga – in just 246 games – earning his first 18 caps for Spain.

To rub salt in the wound, Aspas even scored in the 2-2 draw against England in 2016.

Aspas was part of the Spain squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

But he failed to make the game for Euro 2020, where Spain lost to eventual winners Italy in the semifinals.

SUSO

Suso was frozen at Liverpool after 14 PL games in his debut season with the first-team

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Suso was frozen at Liverpool after 14 PL games in his debut season with the first-teamPhoto credit: Getty

SUSO, 28, joined Liverpool’s youth team from Cadiz in 2010 before moving up to the first team within two years.

After playing 14 Premier League games in his debut season, Suso was loaned out to Almeria the following season.

He was then sold to AC Milan with very few Liverpool fans giving it much thought – especially after he was loaned to Genoa in his second season, having only played five times in his debut year.

But since 2016 Suso has become a star, becoming a regular at the San Siro for three and a half seasons before joining Sevilla.

Suso has scored six goals on the right wing for Sevilla in 79 games.

And he helped them win the Europa League in 2020.

DANNY INGS

Danny Ings has been one of the most feared forwards in the league since leaving Liverpool

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Danny Ings has been one of the most feared forwards in the league since leaving LiverpoolPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

INGS, 29, joined Liverpool in 2015 with a reputation for being one of England’s brightest young talents.

But in four years at Anfield, Ings only made 14 Premier League appearances due to injury.

Jurgen Klopp has always insisted he is a big fan of Ings.

But ultimately he decided it was best for the player to sell him to Southampton in 2019 after a year-long loan on the south coast.

Ings scored 46 goals in 100 games during his three years with the Saints.

And the striker was snapped up by Aston Villa for £25million last summer.

However, he has only five goals in all competitions.

And Ings has yet to add to his three caps for England, the last of which came in 2020.

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