This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Since joining Liverpool FC in 2011, Michael Edwards has helped secure some of the best bargain signings and season-altering hauls. Particular cases of note include the double swoop for Alisson and Virgil van Dijk which worked out to cost the club a combined £142m – the same amount they made through the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
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Another deal he made which often goes forgotten is his clever profit on club castaway Mamadou Sakho. The centre-back originally joined the Merseyside outfit on deadline day in autumn 2013. Liverpool agreed to pay £18m for Sakho, who joined from Paris Saint-Germain (via BBC Sport).
Despite playing a large role under Brendan Rodgers’ reign, the France international was slowly phased out of the team once the Jurgen Klopp era began. It seemed that Sakho wasn’t the German’s favourite player after several altercations between the two stirred up emotions in the Liverpool camp.
Soon after Klopp’s arrival, the defender was sent on loan to Crystal Palace before eventually making a permanent move to Selhurst Park.
Sakho has won no major honours since his move to England whilst Liverpool have gone on to conquer the Premier League and Champions League. He was offloaded in 2017 in a £26m exchange with the Eagles, which saw the Reds pocket a healthy £8m profit – a 44% rise.
As well as cashing in on the declining defender, Liverpool can now wipe their brows as they look at his continued dip in form.
Since his move to Palace, Sakho has either been cast aside by Roy Hodgson or plagued with injuries. The 30-year-old has made just 14 Premier League appearances this season, starting only nine games. Sakho’s market value has also plummeted by a huge 47.5% since he was last at Liverpool.
The Frenchman’s current contract with Crystal Palace is now into its last 12 months, along with former Red colleague Christian Benteke. However, Liverpool can rest easy knowing that offloading him for a worthwhile amount is no longer their issue, thanks to the genius of Michael Edwards.
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