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What next for these Liverpool players now Brendan Rodgers has gone?

Liverpool's sacking of Brendan Rodgers and imminent appointment of Jurgen Klopp could mean plenty of upheaval within the squad.

Despite splashing around £80m in the summer on new recruits, Rodgers was suddenly given his marching orders in shocking fashion just hours after his side's 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday.

A trans-Atlantic phone call from Fenway Sports Group's Mike Gordon and subsequent chat with Ian Ayre left Rodgers without a job, and Jurgen Klopp is widely expected to end his sabbatical and join the Anfield side on a three-year deal before the end of the international break - as suggested by Sky Sports.

Rodgers signed 31 players during his three-and-a-half-years on Merseyside, at a cost which runs close to £300m, and after hearing him talk about a squad that was still in transition, FSG decided enough was enough.

New managers bring new ideas and the winds of change could be set to sweep through Anfield under the likely stewardship of Klopp.

We've taken a look at five players who could see their futures altered by the imminent arrival of the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

Jose Enrique

The Spaniard was sometimes deployed as a left winger in Rodgers’ first season in charge and the ex-Newcastle United defender formed an impressive tandem with Luis Suarez at times, but injury disrupted him during their ultimately failed title bid, and he spent most of last season seemingly posting selfies on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Enrique freely admitted that he wasn’t prepared to take a pay cut in search of regular first-team football over the summer, stating in quotes carried by the Telegraph: "The only teams that can deal with what is paid in England are Real Madrid and Barcelona, so I would love to stay here until my legs stop me.” 

After quietening his previously rampant social media activity, the powerful full-back could find his way back into the fold under a new manager.

Lazar Markovic

Liverpool’s best football during the 2013-14 campaign came when they played with a diamond in midfield and a two-man strikeforce in Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, so it came as something of a head scratcher when Rodgers shelled out £20m, according to the Telegraph, on wideman Markovic in the summer of 2014.

Inevitably, the youngster was farmed out in an unfamiliar left-wing back role, and showed flashes of quality at times. However, it was ultimately a disappointing campaign for the former Benfica man, and he was loaned out to Fenerbahce in the summer.

Still highly rated on the continent, Markovic could return at the end of the season to a fresh approach.

Dejan Lovren

If Mamadou Sakho’s signing was the reported result of the Transfer Committee’s reluctance to back Rodgers’ championing of Ashley Williams, then the Northern Irishman undoubtedly got his man when the club decided to splash an eye-watering £20m on Lovren - as reported by the BBC.

A Croatia international who was the bedrock of a successful Southampton side alongside Jose Fonte, Lovren arrived at Anfield with a burgeoning reputation as the man to finally rid the Reds of their horrible tendency to leak goals.

Instead, Lovren has struggled to justify the price-tag, and he has regularly endured nightmarish afternoons in the back four of the five-time European Cup winners. Recently lost his place to Sakho, and a new boss may be looking to cash in.

Joe Gomez

Young defender arrived to little fanfare from Charlton Athletic in the summer, and was expected to be loaned out or saved for Capital One and Europa League duty.

However, the composed Gomez made a big impression on Rodgers in pre-season, and he was rewarded with a place in the side for the first few games of the new campaign – albeit in an unfamiliar role of left-back, naturally.

Expecting Gomez to go the entirety of his maiden Premier League season in a new position for a club with huge expectations like Liverpool is unfair, though, and he recently lost his place to Alberto Moreno.

Undoubtedly one for the future, but the 18-year-old may be sent on loan at some point.

Mario Balotelli

Somehow, the work-shy Italian retains a global reputation throughout the game, and his loan to AC Milan will finally be the making of him, according to those connected with the Serie A side.

Balotelli’s arrival on Merseyside was a calculated gamble by Rodgers, and the Transfer Committee, and the former Liverpool boss wrongly backed his own ability to coax the supposed world-class talent out of the Italy striker.

Balotelli became something of a vanity project for Rodgers, but early on, it became apparent it was doomed for failure, and he toiled to little avail, with just one Premier League goal to his name last term.

The ex-Manchester City man is almost certain to leave Anfield in the next year - regardless of who occupies the dugout beside the Kop, expect whoever the next manager is to cut their losses on the Reds' big-money investment.

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