Liverpool keep or sell: Which players should Jürgen Klopp offload?

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The January transfer window was a non-event for Liverpool. There could be plenty of outgoing activity for the Reds when the window re-opens this summer, writes Sam May.

Klopp’s squad is lacking depth in some places, and some players signed by Brendan Rodgers and the infamous transfer committee have failed to live up to expectations.

Jürgen Klopp’s heavy metal football appears to be building to a crescendo, a win over Tottenham has given Liverpool momentum and belief, following four defeats in the last five.

But who should the Reds let go?

 

Simon Mignolet

The 28-year-old shot stopper, has divided opinion since arriving from Sunderland in 2013. After saving a penalty of his debut, the Belgium international has produced a number of high profile blunders, which have cost the Reds points and his performance against Hull this season proved this.

Klopp will look to replace Mignolet and could turn to Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, currently on-loan at Torino. However, Klopp could target 22-year-old Jordan Pickford, who has impressed for Mignolet’s former club and could provide better competition for Loris Karius.

 

Alberto Moreno

Moreno has failed to live up to his £12 million price tag since swapping Sevilla for Liverpool in 2014. Many fans have previously called for the left back to be sold following his display against his former team in the UEFA Europa League final in 2015. His performance against Arsenal at the start of this season was also substandard.

Expect Klopp to sell the 24-year-old in the summer. If Liverpool can get half the money back, they could put to good use on a man who understands the art of defending.

The Reds have been linked with Scotland international Andrew Robertson from Hull City, but could make a move for Schalke’s Sead Kolašinac – a player Klopp knows well from his time in the Bundesliga.

 

Emre Can

It would be a wise business move for Liverpool to take the money for Can. The 23-year-old has failed to progress in the Reds midfield this season. Klopp’s geggenpress style doesn’t suit the German international and with Juventus waiting in the wings to sign the centre midfielder, they can guarantee him Champions League football next season. He is out of contract in 2018 and yet to sign an extension, so it might make sense for all parties concerned if the player moves on.

Can has only made 19 appearances this term, in what many believed at the start of the campaign could be a potentially title-winning season for the Reds. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud could be drafted in as his replacement with Jurgen Klopp a long-term admirer of the 20-year-old.

 

James Milner

The 31-year-old could fall victim. Being utilised as a left back, he has filled a void in the Reds defence. However, at 31, he can’t play every game to Klopp’s preferred style. The Kop boss will favour a younger and more attack minded full back. Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodríguez could be targeted as a replacement for the Reds vice-captain.

Milner has been a great servant but there is no sentiment in football and he could well be sacrificed once Liverpool have their left back in place.

 

Daniel Sturridge

Jürgen Klopp will sell Daniel Sturridge in the summer after becoming frustrated with the striker’s injury record. The 27-year-old England international doesn’t play enough games due to injury and is yet to find his feet following his return. Since signing four years ago injuries have restricted the player to just 111 appearances where he has scored 59 goals.

The Reds chief believes the end of the season is the right time to let Sturridge go and bring in more reliable attacking power. Klopp could make a move for Atletico Bilbao’s inform striker Iñaki Williams who continues to be linked with a move to Anfield. They have recently been linked with 19-year-old England under-21 international and Chelsea forward Dominic Solanke, who is likely to depart Stamford Bridge this summer to seek first team football. Williams and Solanke could be replacements for Sturridge and Danny Ings respectively.

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