6 former Liverpool stars you didnt realise were still playing for obscure teams

While the dream for many Liverpool players would be to stay at the club in the Premier League right up until their retirement – the majority opt to move abroad for playing time towards the end of their careers.

From Australia to Turkey via Serbia, former internationals can't always stay at the highest level for their entire professional spells, as proven by some of the names on our list.

With Daniel Sturridge recently singing up with A-League challengers Perth Glory, there are many players who used to grace the Anfield pitch that feature for obscure sides.

Daily Star Sport has picked out six familiar former stars including the former England striker, who is looking to adapt to his new surroundings Down Under.

Mario Balotelli – Adana Demirspor

Mario Balotelli joined Liverpool for £16million from Milan in the summer of 2014 as the club looked to replace their outgoing star forward Luis Suarez.

Balotelli had smashed home 30 goals in just 54 appearances for Milan after leaving Manchester City, with whom he won the Premier League title and FA Cup.

After a nightmare campaign in which he scored just one Premier League goal, he rejoined Milan on loan before spells with Nice, Marseille, Brescia, Monza and now Adana Demirspor in Turkey.


Fabio Borini – Fatih Karagumrik

Like Balotelli, Fabio Borini has ended up in Turkey following time in Italy, having left Liverpool for Sunderland back in 2015 before earning a move to Milan.

The former Italy international had moved to Anfield back in 2012, but only made 38 appearances across two seasons and finding the back of the net three times.

Borini left Milan for Hellas Verona back in 2019, joining Fatih Karagumruk in December of last year and helping them to a eighth place Super Lig finish.

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Daniel Sturridge – Perth Glory

Daniel Sturridge scored a total of 50 goals across 116 Premier League appearances for Liverpool between 2013 and 2019, smashing home 21 during 2013/14.

The 32-year-old also managed eight goals across 26 England appearances, and took a new step in his career with a move to Trabzonspor in 2019.

Sturridge joined Perth Glory back in October and made his debut on November 20 against Adelaide United.

He said after signing a one-year contract: "When the opportunity came about, it felt like the right thing to do, to take my talent somewhere where I can enjoy my football in a competitive league and try and help the team be as successful as they possibly can be."

Martin Skrtel – Spartak Trnava

Martin Skrtel joined Liverpool for just £6.5million from Zenit Saint Petersburg back in 2008, going on to make 320 appearances for the club in all competitions – scoring 18 goals.

The central defender then spent three seasons with Fenerbahce before joining Atalanta, but left the Serie A side for Istanbul Basaksehir without playing a game.

The 36-year-old former Slovakia defender now plays for Spartak Trnava in his home country, a club that he played for as a younger 17 years previously.

Lazar Markovic – Partizan

Lazar Markovic joined Liverpool from Benfica back in 2014 for a fee of £20million, and was tipped to become a future star – but that didn't turn out to be the case.

He made 34 appearances in his debut season but was then loaned out to Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, Hull City and Anderlecht. Then joining Fulham on a short-term deal in 2018/19.

He made only one appearance at Craven Cottage before leaving for former side Partizan, and has since scored 20 goals across 70 fixtures.

Jon Flanagan – HB Koge

Jon Flanagan made his Liverpool debut under the watchful eye of Kenny Dalglish back in 2011 against Manchester City, having joined their youth academy as a youngster.

The defender signed a new long-term deal back in 2011, but suffered from several injuries and made only 51 appearances across a total of seven seasons for the club.

He joined Burnley and Bolton on loan before a permanent deal with Rangers, later linking up with Charleroi and more recently HB Koge in the Danish first division.

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