There’ll be a huge number of players exiting Liverpool before 2019/20, but most of them will be youngsters or loanees who haven’t quite made the cut.
The likes of Connor Randal, Connor Masterson, Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo, for example, are unlikely to be Reds at the start of next season.
But there’ll also be a number of players with first-team minutes this term who are set for the exit door – including two surprise names – according to Dom King of the Daily Mail.
He names Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovren, Rafael Camacho and Xherdan Shaqiri in a list of ‘Who could go’.
So let’s deal with each, one by one!
Mignolet deserves first-team football, and although he’s a very able backup stopper, the club shouldn’t stand in his way after five years of loyal service.
Moreno is exiting on a Bosman, so we need a replacement reserve left-back to come and support Andy Robertson.
That’s the same with Daniel Sturridge, whose six-and a half years at Anfield are sadly up. The man who comes in his place will likely be our marquee signing.
Camacho is a youngster with serious potential, but it looks like he’ll leave for the minutes he won’t be afforded under Jurgen Klopp, which is understandable.
Lovren, however, is a big shout. With the form of Joel Matip, he’s currently our fourth-choice central defender, but with Joe Gomez and the Cameroonian injury prone (as he is, too) opportunities will arise next term. The Croatian plays excellently alongside Virgil van Dijk and is a great squad option to have. Plus, he’s Mo Salah’s best pal! We’d keep him.
The same goes with Xherdan Shaqiri, who despite enduring a difficult second-half of the season, offers something different off the bench. His six goals and three PL assists is a decent return for a debut campaign as well – especially the match-winning brace v Manchester United. We hope he sticks around too.