11 former Liverpool players who are free agents

11 former Liverpool players who are free agents

With the transfer market booming and weeks having passed since contracts expired across Europe, there are 11 notable former Liverpool players available for free.

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

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

For others, however, the summer will be an uncertain time, including a host of players who had previously traveled to Anfield.

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

Luis Suarez

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

The whereabouts of the former Liverpool number 1 are unknown. 7 will land next, although 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.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge finds himself in a permanent vacuum, having struggled to find a consistent home since being released by Liverpool in 2019, enduring tumultuous spells with Trabzonspor and Perth Glory.

Injuries have marred his time in Australia, and so far there has been little speculation over the 32-year-old’s next club.


Lazar Markovic

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

An image of unfulfilled potential, Markovic struggled with expectations at Liverpool, and after moves to Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, Hull, Anderlecht and Fulham 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 club Gaziantep FK on July 20)


Andy Carroll

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

Although he may not have lived up to the hype, Carroll has enjoyed a solid career since his marred time at Liverpool, particularly with West Ham and Newcastle.

But after jumping between Reading and West Brom last season, he finds himself a free agent and still looking for a new club as a trial at Club Brugge failed to secure 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 Hong Kong International Stadium.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kelly became a mainstay at Crystal Palace for eight seasons but was released this summer on a gradual move to Selhurst Park.

The championship is a likely next destination.


Jon Flanagan

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

Reunited with manager Daniel Agger at HB Koge last summer, a bold move did not pay off for Flanagan, who played just four times and was mutually confirmed in June.


steven cauker

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

Although Caulker’s exit from Fenerbahce has yet to be officially confirmed, it has been widely reported, following a bizarre decision to loan him out last September – two months after his arrival.


Andre Wisdom

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

Wisdom has effectively been a free agent since last summer, having left the financially-struggling Derby, but 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 gives Tottenham Hotspur supporters the V sign during the FA Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After bidding an emotional farewell to Dundee this summer, Adam confirmed he was not yet considering retirement, weighing 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.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kasami only spent a year on loan with Liverpool as a youngster in 2008/09 but went on to an impressive career with 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 the City of Manchester Stadium.  (Photo by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Yes, Ryan Babel is still playing. Eleven years after leaving Liverpool, he is still pursuing a top career in Europe.

But after a three-year stint with Galatasaray, the Dutch striker was released this summer and is currently training with the Ajax youth team as he searches for a new club.


And who retired?

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

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

The 37-year-old defender, who played 320 times in nine seasons with Liverpool, announced on Instagram that he was “unable to continue playing” due to injury.

“Due to long-standing back problems it is impossible for me to continue playing, which is why I had to take such a decision,” the Slovak wrote.

“I would like to thank all the football clubs, the coaches, the teammates and all the fans of all the clubs in all the countries where I have played.

“Certainly, I would like to thank all my friends and especially my family. Thank you to my wife, my son, my parents, my loved ones for staying by my side and supporting me during all these years.


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