Players Who Left Liverpool Too Soon: Post-Millennium Edition

After allowing Georginio Wijnaldum to leave Anfield this summer, we take a look at the players who left Liverpool too soon.
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Having allowed 30-year-old midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to make a free transfer switch to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer, Liverpool will be hoping they haven't let the lung-busting Dutchman leave Anfield too soon.

Emiliano Insua

Emiliano Insua

Big things were expected of the young, diminutive Argentinean as soon as he arrived from Boca Juniors. Nevertheless, Emiliano Insua wasn't include in Liverpool's first team right away. 

In fact, it wasn't until Rafa Benitez's final season in charge at Anfield that Insua secured a regular starting place. 

During the Reds' 2009–10 campaign, the former Boca protégé started 43 games, 31 of which came in the Premier League.

Now 20-years-old and beginning to fill out into his physical frame, Insua was quietly making the left back spot his own. 

But the Argentine's progress was quickly staunched when Roy Hodgson replaced Benitez as manager.

Initially, Insua was loaned out to Galatasaray for the entirety of the season, before being sold to Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2011 for £3million.

If Benitez had stuck around would Emiliano Insua have lost his place to Paul Konchesky and later José Enrique? Arguably not.

Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey Liverpool

After signing from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2010, young English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey had to wait until the following season to make his first Premier League start for the Reds.

Despite Liverpool's lack of continuity following the exit of Rafa Benitez, Shelvey's development was clear for all to see. 

Although his decision making could be rash, he was physically imposing and had an eye for goal. 

And, most importantly perhaps, he was starting to strike up a decent understanding with fellow youngster Jordan Henderson in the middle of the park.

Therefore it came as something of a suprise when manager Brendan Rodgers  decided to sell Shelvey to Swansea City for a paltry £5million in the summer of 2013. Not only was Shelvey's long-term potential on and off the field yet to be fully realised, his replacements - specifically Joe Allen and Luis Alberto - never made the slightest impact on the Premier League.

Craig Bellamy

After a solitary season at Ewood Park   ,