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7 players that look set to leave Liverpool this summer

Pin Numerous players who haven't featured regularly under Klopp may leave this summer.EFE.
Numerous players who haven't featured regularly under Klopp may leave this summer.EFE.

7 players that look set to leave Liverpool this summer

Tom Cunild by Tom Cunild @besoccer_es - 0 3,815

Jürgen Klopp has already decided the future of up to ten players who will leave Liverpool following the conclusion of this season, according to 'The Mirror', who today named seven of them.

If 'The Mirror' is to be believed, it is the defensive line of the Premier League leaders that will take the biggest hit, with four defensive-minded players ready to seek pastures new.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has featured just twice this season in two domestic cup defeats, is one of the most likely to move on. The Belgian shot-stopper has conducted himself with admirable professionalism despite his lack of minutes, and it is understood that he will move on to get regular game time as he enters the twilight of his career.

Another player who is likely to depart is Nathaniel Clyne. He held down the right-back position at the start of Klopp's tenure, but has since struggled with injury and the meteoric rise of scouser Trent Alexander-Arnold has further complicated matters for the 
28 year-old. He has spent the second half of this season on loan at mid-table Bournemouth, and will likely pursue a permanent move away from Anfield this summer.

A likely departure that will come as no surprise to Reds fans is that of left-back Alberto Moreno. Defensively inconsistent at the best of times, the Spaniard has featured just 5 times this season and will almost certainly leave Liverpool as his contract expires this June. He has been linked with a move to European giants Barcelona and a return to his homeland may just be what is best for his career at this moment in time.

The final defender who makes the list is, somewhat surprisingly, Joel Matip. Although the Cameroonian fell below the impressive Joe Gomez and Croatian Dejan Lovren in the pecking order, he has featured regularly in the second half of this season as fitness issues have plagued the aforementioned centre halves. According to 'The Mirror', Klopp is unconvinced by Matip as a first choice centre back and will look to bring in defensive reinforcements in the summer, which would open the door for the former Schalke defender's exit.

In terms of Liverpool's midfield, Adam Lallana is the name most likely to be shipped out this summer. Similarly to Clyne, he played a crucial role in Klopp's early Liverpool side. However, he too has since struggled with injuries and has made a very limited impact over the past two seasons. Lallana also does not have age on his side, turning 31 next month and needing to leave Merseyside to feature regularly next season.

At the top end of the pitch, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge are unlikely to still be contracted to Liverpool come the start of next season. Both have been unable to break up the deadly Salah-Mané-Firmino attacking line, and although they have both scored important goals this season, neither look to be part of Klopp's long term plans. Having said this, rumours have emerged this week suggesting that the Belgian may be offered a new contract after impressing Klopp in training - his future remains very much in the air.

In the case of Sturridge, it is somewhat of a sad end for a player who seemed indispensable just a few years ago, especially during the 2013/14 season where he scored 25 goals as part of an electric strike partnership with Luís Suárez, but has since spent more time in the medical room than on the pitch. Liverpool will look to offload the forward and his considerable wage this summer and it remains to be seen if a Premier League team will be willing to take a chance on him.

 

 

 

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