As we all witnessed on Sunday in fascination and satisfaction – except if you’re a Manchester United fan of course – Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool dismantled the Red Devils at Anfield to leapfrog Manchester City and return to the top of the Premier League.
However, as lots of Reds supporters will tell you, their team was a far cry from the star-studded one of today the last time they managed to get one over their rivals at Anfield, which was way back in 2013 at the start of Brendan Rodgers’ title charge.
It is quite astonishing to see just how far the Merseyside-based club have come since that 1-0 victory over David Moyes’ United, and it is also interesting to see just how much the losers on that day have stagnated since then.
Just three players from Liverpool’s starting lineup on that day remain at the club currently, including the match winner Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet and Jordan Henderson, but where are the rest of them?
The former England international now finds himself without a club after being released by Stoke following their relegation to the Championship. Johnson managed to play just 550 minutes of the Potters’ Premier League campaign as injuries got the better of him.
The 34-year-old made exactly 200 appearances for the Reds over the course of a six-year spell on Merseyside after signing from Portsmouth, winning the League Cup as well as being named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2009. He is yet to retire, but it seems inevitable that he will be hanging up his boots very soon.
The Slovakian defender now finds himself in Turkey with Fenerbahce after being sold for just £5m by Klopp back in 2016. Skrtel provided the Liverpool fans with some wonderful moments and even won the club’s Player of the Year award back in 2012, although supporters aren’t missing him too much with Virgil van Dijk around.
The 34-year-old made 320 appearances for Liverpool, and also scored seven goals in the aforementioned campaign under Rodgers in which the Reds almost won the league. He’s now performing valiantly in the Turkish League as one of Fenerbahce’s key men.
The Dane was a firm fan favourite at Anfield and even got the assist for the winning goal in the match under the spotlight, flicking a corner onto Sturridge for him to nod home. Agger was however demoted to the bench in favour of Mamadou Sakho for much of the 2013/14 season, and was then sold to Brondby for just £3m.
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It was there, at his first club, where the man who has ‘YNWA’ tattooed on his knuckles retired in 2016 at the age of 31. He later told TV3 Sport (via the Telegraph) that he left the club because of his relationship with Rodgers.
Enrique arrived at Liverpool from Newcastle and went on to make 99 appearances for the club, before being released in 2016 after playing just 12 games in the last two years of his time at Anfield.
The Spaniard is now retired after struggling with a knee injury for most of his single year at Real Zaragoza, who he joined after leaving the Reds. Enrique was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year, and is now in recovery following surgery.
Another man, like Agger, who was a favourite amongst the supporters. The Brazilian defensive midfielder ended his 10-year stay on Merseyside in 2017, then joining Lazio for a fee of £5m.
The 31-year-old has since had a resurgence at the Italian side, with the slower paced football in Serie A appearing to suit his qualities a bit more. Lucas is still with Lazio and is impressing to this day, and he even won the Supercoppa Italiana last year whilst playing a key role.
Liverpool’s former Captain Fantastic is now managing Rangers after a short stint at LA Galaxy following a departure from his boyhood club.
It is Gerrard’s first venture into the managerial world, and he seems to be doing alright as his side currently sit ahead of rivals Celtic in the Scottish top flight, who are coincidentally managed by Rodgers.
The diminutive Brazilian was at Liverpool as recently as last season, but moved to Barcelona for a club-record fee of £142m after scoring 12 goals and recording eight assists in the Premier League and Champions League during the first half of the 2017/18 season.
26-year-old Coutinho isn’t particularly enjoying his time at the Nou Camp as we speak. He is yet to nail down a position in Ernesto Valverde’s side having been deployed on the left-wing and in central midfield, and hasn’t yet justified the fee spent on him.
Like Coutinho, Aspas also went to La Liga after leaving Liverpool, but his fortunes have been slightly different to those of Coutinho.
The Spanish striker was regarded as a flop in England and never scored a league goal for the Reds, but has been prolific since returning to his homeland. The 31-year-old has scored over 80 goals in just over four seasons since leaving Anfield, including an impressive 10 goals in 16 La Liga games starts this season. Should Klopp buy him back?
That’s all of the starting eleven who began the Reds’ last home win against United before Klopp’s men dismantled the Red Devils last weekend, a game which was the last straw for the club’s chiefs who have since sacked Jose Mourinho.
Interestingly, only three of United’s starting lineup from that day remain as well in the form of David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young, which, if anything, shows just how much further Liverpool have progressed ahead of their rivals in the space of five years.