Keep or sell: Who could be staying and who could be leaving in the summer at Liverpool

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Some have suggested an overhaul at Liverpool in the summer.

A lot has been said about what manager Jurgen Klopp will do at Liverpool in the summer, his first pre-season transfer window in charge of the club.

Some have suggested an overhaul with a large list of players - mostly from the Bundesliga - having been linked but what about the existing players?

The past two summers have been busy ones for the club and another few months of high player turnover could prove unsettling, so one would think that a vast amount of the current squad is going to remain, but who should they be?


Everybody seems to be in agreement that a new goalkeeper needs to be bought in the summer to at least put pressure on Simon Mignolet. Klopp brought Danny Ward back from his loan spell at Aberdeen midway through the season where the Welsh international - who made his debut for his country recently - has earned some rave reviews, but even with some errors from Mignolet the Belgian has managed to hold onto his place in the side.

Adam Bogdan's days appear numbered given that Ward is ahead of him in the pecking order, as for Mignolet he was given a new deal earlier on in the season. Whether that means he has a future at the club remains to be seen, but is it as number one or number two goalkeeper? One gets the feeling that Mignolet may stay beyond the summer at least, but not necessarily as number one.


Joel Matip's services have been secured on a free transfer from the start of next season so at least one centre-back seems destined to depart. Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho have actually shown signs of forming an effective partnership so cases could be made for the pair of them to stay at the club for next season.

Kolo Toure is out of contract at the end of the season but he has acquitted himself well when called upon. Some would prefer the Ivorian to stay at the club ahead of Martin Skrtel, especially after a recent 45 minutes served up by the Slovakian, who seems to be at the scene of the crime for many of Liverpool's defensive errors when he plays. Klopp is the fourth manager the defender has worked under at Liverpool, will he survive another? For now it looks as if Toure is going to be on his way.

In terms of the full-back positions, Nathaniel Clyne has done a solid enough job to continue at right-back next season, and Jon Flanagan has been tied down to a new deal. A lot may depend on how highly Klopp rates Brad Smith but given that James Milner and Clyne have been used ahead of him in the left-back role when Alberto Moreno has been sidelined, it could be an occasion when Smith is shown the door. Moreno himself needs to show some improvement and evidence he can learn from his mistakes to ensure his future his on Merseyside.

Central Midfield 

Probably the most interesting part of the side. Lucas could be retained but given Klopp's persistence playing a central midfield pair, it's hard to think there won't be some departures from that area of the side, especially with Marko Grujic about to arrive in the summer. Joe Allen's contract is up at the end of next season and the summer would be an ideal time to cash in as he doesn't seem to be getting the game time.

Emre Can seems to be Klopp's go-to man, so his place in the side is assured, while captain Jordan Henderson has struggled to show his best form in the current set-up and seems to prefer a midfield three but it would be a big call for the captain of the club to be sold a season after receiving, and within less than a year of the manager arriving.

James Milner arrived with the aim of being a central midfielder, but probably fits more into the next category...

Attacking midfielders/ wide men

It seems that Liverpool have a lot of number 10s, but they are currently being used out wide and then tucking in so there probably is room for all of Adam Lallana, James Milner and Philippe Coutinho - who have all shown they have something to contribute under the Liverpool manager.

One thing Liverpool seem to be short of is pace out wide but Jordon Ibe may well have fallen down the pecking order, and with Sheyi Ojo getting more chances to be in and around the first team Ibe's days could be numbered. Lazar Markovic is out on loan but he could be given an opportunity to shine next season.


It seems the writing is on the wall for Christian Benteke. The Belgian doesn't seem to fit and he has slid right down the pecking order so it is hard to see him at the club beyond the summer. Youngster Jerome Sinclair looks certain to leave the club given his contract is up in a few months.

Daniel Sturridge may have been linked with a move away from the club but it's very hard to see Liverpool letting the most talented forward at the club leave even his injury record has been poor, while Danny Ings has yet to have the opportunity to shine under Klopp after cruelly picking up an ACL injury in his first training session under the German but given what he showed prior to Klopp's arrival, you get the feeling he's the kind of player that Klopp would like to work with.

Divock Origi has shown signs of improvement under Klopp, and is now a handy squad player that could develop into a good first-team player. 

If Klopp gets the additions to the side that he likes then Roberto Firmino could be used mainly as a striker rather than the 'number 10' given his goal return since the New Year.

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