Klopp chop: Liverpool stars potential new boss could axe

A look at the Liverpool players with most to prove to potential new manager Jurgen Klopp.

A new era is set to begin at Liverpool shortly, with the Reds sacking Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.

The BBC reported last night that talks with Jurgen Klopp are progressing well about replacing the Northern Irishman.

Klopp will surely come in and give everybody a chance, but there are players who could be more at risk than others.

Here is a look at three players who face a battle to convince the manager they deserve a place at the club.

Dejan Lovren

If Jurgen Klopp has been watching Liverpool's performances over the past year, or even just this season, he may have noticed what Brendan Rodgers could not. Dejan Lovren has not been performing at a high enough standard, and looks clumsy up against fast paced or trickier players. Klopp may be the manager to cut the errors out of the Croatian's game, but there is just as much chance he decides to banish him to the bench and look at alternatives.

Divock Origi

Former Lille striker Divock Origi does not yet look good enough to play for Liverpool, and the Reds at present have better options, not even considering forwards Klopp could decide to bring in. Klopp could decide to send Origi out on loan to gain experience, and return to Liverpool a more polished finisher with greater confidence that he belongs.

Joe Allen

Joe Allen was one of Brendan Rodgers' first signings for Liverpool, bought from his former club Swansea City. The Welshman has never really won over fans, with his short passing style alone not proving enough to influence games, nor is he good enough defensively. Klopp has a reputation as a master tactician and may be better at getting the best out of Allen's talents, but there is no emotional connection there as there was with Rodgers, and the player's Liverpool career could follow his former manager's route out of the club.

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