Liverpool supporters have been pretty quiet in recent times after seeing their side knocked off the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening sat just two points clear of Manchester City following their success at Arsenal a day earlier, and thus seeking to reassert their five-point advantage with victory over the Hammers. Yet the Reds had to make-do with a share of the spoils in drawing 1-1 in East London, which coupled with City’s 2-0 success over Everton on Wednesday night has seen Klopp’s side slip to second place in the table, albeit they do have a game in hand on the Citizens.
Nonetheless, back-to-back draws is likely to have concerned several Liverpool fans up and down the country in recent times, although things are still very much in the Reds’ hands as they seek a first title of the Premier League era, and first league success since 1990.
Yet one man who won’t play a part is striker Dominic Solanke, who the club sold to Bournemouth during the winter window for a staggering £19.08 million (as per Transfermarkt) – this all after signing him just 18 months earlier on a free transfer after his departure from Chelsea.
And that, coupled with the £16.2 million deal (as per Transfermarkt) that took Jordon Ibe to the Cherries back in 2016, having signed him for just £540,000 (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2012, means that the Reds have done staggeringly well out of the duo’s departure – as such, Liverpool have certainly made an absolute mockery out of the Cherries.
Ultimately, the deal to take winger Ibe to Bournemouth two-and-a-half years ago came as something of a surprise, as although the young Englishman had shown signs of promise at Liverpool with four goals and seven assists in 58 appearances, he simply didn’t appear to be worth £16.2 million.
And so it has proven as the 23-year-old has seriously struggled to deliver the goods for Eddie Howe’s men since joining back in 2016, what with the former England Under-21 international netting only four times in 81 appearances for the South Coast outfit, just two of which have come in the Premier League.
And in a side that is renowned for getting forward and sustaining attacks, that is a frankly woeful return for a player that cost Bournemouth a significant sum of money, only for the Cherries to then spend a hefty £19.08 million on Solanke last month, again with very little indication that he was worth that figure.
The 21-year-old signed for Liverpool back in the summer of 2017 after seeing his contract expire at Premier League champions-at-the-time Chelsea, for whom he appeared just once in the senior side to further underline the difficulties he, and plenty of other young players, have had in seeking first team football at Stamford Bridge.
Yet things didn’t greatly improve at Anfield either given the England international appeared 27 times in all for Klopp’s side in his 18 months on Merseyside, managing just one goal and one assist in the process – that goal came on the final day of last season’s Premier League.
In fact, Solanke had only managed eight senior goals prior to moving to the Vitality Stadium last month to further underline the remarkable fee Bournemouth paid for him – he has done very little to suggest, even with the potential he has, that he is worth £19.08 million.
As such, while Liverpool have let two relatively promising youngsters leave the club to link up with Howe’s men in the last few years, they have done so for a sum of money that even the most optimistic of Reds supporters couldn’t have foreseen – FSG will be laughing at making a £34.74 million profit, and thus a mockery of Bournemouth, on two players who bagged just five times overall for the club.
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