ROME, ROMA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Luis Alberto of SS Lazio celebrates a fourth goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico on September 10, 2017 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Life After Liverpool: 5 Ex-Reds Flops Who Have Gone on to Impress After Leaving Anfield

In recent years, Liverpool have been known to sign the odd underwhelming player, or young prospect who never quite made the grade.


Inevitably, many of these players have been quickly shipped off to different clubs around the world and easily forgotten about in the Kop.


However, while not everyone thrives at Anfield, that doesn't mean there isn't life after Liverpool. Here's a list of five ex-Reds player that have impressed, achieves success and fulfilled their potentials after leaving...

5. Iago Aspas - Celta Vigo

Iago Aspas is one of three players on this list to have been called up to Spain's squad for the upcoming International friendlies against Costa Rica and Russia - having thoroughly impressed for Celta Vigo in the last three seasons. 


Aspas signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2013 as an exciting striker, with pedigree in Spain, justifying a £10.8m price tag. 


Intended to rival Sturridge's place in the starting eleven, Aspas made just 15 appearances for Liverpool - with an awful corner in a title deciding loss to Chelsea summarising his time on Merseyside. 


However since been unceremoniously shepherded on, Aspas has thrived back at Celta Vigo, scoring 48 since the start of the 2015/16 season, earning him six Spain caps along the way. 


Given Aspas' track record after Liverpool, former manager Brendan Rodgers may have jumped the gun on his assessment of Aspas. 

4. Mikel San Jose - Athletic Bilbao

A player that certainly went under the radar on Merseyside. Joining Liverpool's U18 team in 2007, San Jose made it all the way to the U23's before he was loaned out to Athletic Bilbao before making the switch permanent in 2010. 


San Jose never made an appearance for the Liverpool first team but has become a mainstay back in his homeland, making a staggering 325 appearances for Bilbao.


The former Kop starlet has made his name as a brute of a defensive midfielder, excelling in tackling and breaking up and recycling possession. The Spaniard has also scored 35 times for Bilbao.  


While this year San Jose has struggled for appearances, his role in the squad over the last seven years is undeniable - never making less than 25 appearances in a season.

3. Luis Alberto - Lazio

A truly forgettable player for Liverpool, the 25-year-old forward has become a fan favourite at the Stadio Olimpico, with 10 goal contributions in 16 games. 


Eased into the side since joining from Liverpool for £4m in 2016, Alberto took some time to adjust to Italian football but has hit the ground running this season. 


During his ill-fated time at Liverpool, Alberto was shipped off to Malaga and Deportivo on loan in successive seasons, while failing to impress at either. However, after maturing, Alberto has  benefitted from playing as a second striker at Lazio. During his time at Liverpool he was deployed in numerous positions, but often out-wide. 


Alberto's role behind the striker seems to be a perfect fit for the Spaniard. Lazio's Ciro Immobile is Europe's current top scorer with 18 goals already this season, and much of his form in front of goal can be attributed to Luis Alberto's role as playmaker. 

2. Péter Gulácsi - RB Leipzig

Liverpool's goalkeeping problems in recent years have been well documented, but the departure of Péter Gulácsi; not so much. The Hungarian keeper was allowed to leave Liverpool in 2013 on a free transfer, having worked his way up from U18 level with the reds.


Joining RB Salzburg, Gulácsi kept 22 clean sheets in 50 games in his debut season in the Austrian Bundesliga - earning himself a move to sister club RB Leipzig. Since then, Gulácsi has made 64 appearances for Leipzig and was instrumental in their second place finish last season. 


The 27-year-old has starred in all but one game for Ralph Hasenhüttl's side this season, cementing his place as number one. 

1. Suso - AC Milan

Perhaps the greatest success story of all on the list has been Suso. The nippy Spanish winger has certainly found his feet in Serie A with AC Milan, after Leaving Liverpool.


He made just 21 appearances for the first team at Liverpool, and despite making a name for himself in the U23s, he failed to break through under Rodgers' tenure. 


Joining Milan in 2016, Suso has gone on to become one of the Rossoneri's most important players, plying his trade on the right wing. Scoring five times for Milan so far this season, Suso still has huge potential at just 23 years of age. 


Possessing a lethal left foot, his goal in the Milan derby showed his abilities - as he cut in from the right and thundered the ball into the net. Vincenzo Montella has shown huge faith in Suso - along with Spain manager Julen Lopetegui, who recently called him up for the upcoming International friendlies.