Speaking to talkSPORT, Danny Higginbotham has suggested how many of this current Liverpool squad will be at Anfield next season, or chopped by Jurgen Klopp either now or during the summer transfer window.
When asked what Liverpool’s squad will look like next season, Higginbotham said: “I think, from the starting XI today, nine of that 11 will definitely be here [Anfield] at the start of next season.”
Higginbotham was speaking following Liverpool’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United, with Wayne Rooney’s 78th minute winner taking all three points at Anfield.
Liverpool looked extremely strong in the first half of the game, carving United open time and time again, but the lack of a goalscorer costs them.
They managed 19 shots, and although David De Gea was in good form, Liverpool really should have taken the lead if not for some poor finishing.
Higginbotham believes that nine of the starting XI will still be involved with the Reds by the start of next season, but he did not disclose which players he believes will be sold.
From the starting XI, the obvious players to leave Anfield would be goalkeeper Simon Mignolet - who is far from the quality Liverpool need - Kolo Toure, and Lucas Leiva.
However, finding a buyer for Mignolet will not be an easy task, and Levia continues to show his worth to the team. He does the scrappy work which few other players are willing to do, and seems content to play a back-up role when needed.
Klopp has major work to do on this squad if he is to make Liverpool a competitive team again, and changing two of the starting XI would appear to be a minimum amount of work needed on the Merseyside club.