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11 former Liverpool players who are free agents – and 1 who retired this summer

With the transfer market in full flow and weeks gone since the expiry of contracts across Europe, there are 11 notable former Liverpool players available on a free.

It is a natural step for clubs every summer, with players released to make way for new signings and youngsters promoted.

Liverpool confirmed the departures of seven players ahead of July 1, including Divock Origi, Loris Karius and Ben Woodburn, with many of those to leave already landing at new clubs.

For others, though, the summer will be an uncertain time, including a host of players who previously turned out at Anfield.

Here are 11 former Liverpool players who are now free agents – and one who has retired.

 

Luis Suarez

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Club Atlético de Madrid's Luis Suarez during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 4 game between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético de Madrid at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Let’s start with the most high-profile free agent: Suarez has left Atletico Madrid after two years, 83 games and 34 goals.

It is unclear where Liverpool’s old No. 7 will land next, though he has ruled out a move to River Plate and Aston Villa have ruled themselves out.


Daniel Sturridge

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge warms-up before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge finds himself in an ongoing limbo, having struggled to find a consistent home since his release by Liverpool in 2019, taking in tumultuous spells with Trabzonspor and Perth Glory.

Injuries blighted his time in Australia, and as of yet, there has been little speculation over the 32-year-old’s next club.


Lazar Markovic

PRESTON, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 19, 2014: Liverpool's new signing Lazar Markovic during a preseason friendly match against Preston North End at Deepdale Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The image of unfulfilled potential, Markovic struggled with the expectation at Liverpool, and after moves to Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, Hull, Anderlecht and Fulham, he returned to Serbia in 2019.

But after an impressive start at boyhood club Partizan, the 28-year-old winger was released after three seasons this summer.

(Editor: Markovic signed for Turkish side Gaziantep FK on July 20)


Andy Carroll

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 31, 2015: West Ham United's Andy Carroll in action against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though he may not have lived up to the hype, Carroll has still enjoyed a solid career since his tainted spell at Liverpool, particularly with West Ham and Newcastle.

But after hopping between Reading and West Brom last season, he finds himself a free agent and still searching for a new club, with a trial at Club Brugge failing to earn a deal.


Martin Kelly

HONG KONG, CHINA - Saturday, July 22, 2017: Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at the Hong Kong International Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kelly became a stalwart for Crystal Palace over eight seasons, but was released this summer as part of a gradual evolution at Selhurst Park.

The Championship is a likely next destination.


Jon Flanagan

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Jon Flanagan before a preseason friendly match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reunited with manager Daniel Agger at HB Koge last summer, a bold move did not pay off for Flanagan, who only played four times and was confirmed to have left by mutual agreement in June.


Steven Caulker

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 13, 2016: Liverpool's new signing Steven Caulker in action against Arsenal during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though Caulker’s exit from Fenerbahce is yet to be officially confirmed, it has been widely reported, after a bizarre decision to loan him out last September – two months after he joined.


Andre Wisdom

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Thursday, July 23, 2015: Liverpool's Andre Wisdom during a training session at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on day eleven of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wisdom has actually been a free agent since last summer, having left the financially troubled Derby, but has spent this summer on trial with Portsmouth in League One.


Charlie Adam

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Monday, April 18, 2016: Stoke City's Charlie Adam subtlety gives the Tottenham Hotspur supporters the V sign during the FA Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After bidding an emotional farewell to Dundee this summer, Adam confirmed he is not yet considering retirement, weighing up offers before deciding on his next move.


Pajtim Kasami

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 26, 2008: Liverpool's Pajtim Kasami in action against Plymouth Argyle during a pre-season friendly match at the Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kasami only spent a year on loan with Liverpool as a youngster in 2008/09, but has gone on to enjoy an impressive career with the likes of Fulham, Olympiakos and most recently Basel.


Ryan Babel

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 6, 2012: AFC Ajax's Ryan Babel warms-up before the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 2nd Leg match against Manchester City at City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Yes, Ryan Babel is still playing. Eleven years on from leaving Liverpool, he is still forging a career at a high level in Europe.

But following a three-year stint with Galatasaray, the Dutch forward was released this summer and is currently training with the Ajax youth team as he seeks a new club.


And who retired?

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 15, 2016: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel waves to the supporters after the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion during the final Premier League match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After a 21-year senior career that took in spells with AS Trencin, Zenit St Petersburg, Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Istanbul Basaksehir and Spartak Trnava, Martin Skrtel confirmed his retirement in May.

The 37-year-old defender, who played 320 times over nine seasons with Liverpool, announced on Instagram that he found it “impossible to keep playing” due to injury.

“Because of long-time back problems it’s impossible for me to keep playing, that’s why I had to make such a decision,” the Slovak wrote.

“I want to thank all football clubs, coaches, team-mates and all fans of all clubs from all countries where I’ve ever played.

“Certainly, I want to thank all my friends and especially my family. Thanks to my wife, son, parents, relatives for staying by me and supporting me all these years.”

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