Football

Liverpool have been seeing a talent drain since the late 90s

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Steve McManaman: After nine years at Liverpool, moved to Real Madrid in 1999. Considered the most successful English football "export''.

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Michael Owen: Scored 118 goals in 216 appearances for Liverpool. Moved to Real Madrid in mid-2004; but was frequently used as a substitute.

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Xabi Alonso: He moved to Liverpool in August 2004. Won the Champions League in his first season at the club. Moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2009-10 season.

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Javier Mascherano: Signed for Liverpool from West Ham in February 2008. After three years at Anfield, he joined Barcelona in 2010,

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Alvaro Arbeloa: Started his career with Real Madrid, playing mostly with the reserves. Joined Liverpool in 2006, and returned to Real Madrid in 2009.

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Fernando Torres: Joined Liverpool in 2007, after signing for a club record transfer fee. He became the fastest player in Liverpool history to score 50 league goals. Joined Chelsea in January 2011 for a record British transfer fee.

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Luis Suarez: Signed for Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011. In April 2014, he won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, becoming the first non-European to win the award, In July, signed for Barcelona.