July 19, 2024

Liverpool looking to ‘trim fat’ of the bloated squad ahead of summer changes

As one of the most successful clubs in Europe over the last few years, Liverpool built a template on a young squad of talented stars who, in the right environment, became one of the most impressive teams on the continent. However, the 2020-21 season brought fatigue and long-term injury to key cogs of the team, as well as poor form from their vaunted front three. This could lead to Jurgen Klopp, who seen his team make the UEFA Champions League on the last day of the season, cutting some of his less-used squad talents to build a new side in the summer.

One player who is expected to leave is Marko Grujic. The Serb was one of the first signings of the Klopp era, but has rarely played for Liverpool. Instead, various loans across Europe have seen the player develop into a well-liked but available asset. FC Porto are expected to try and complete a deal for the player, while Liverpool might also look to drum up interest from cash-rich Hertha, with whom Grujic thrived.

Grujic, though, will not be the only squad player to leave Liverpool this summer.

Who else will Liverpool sell this summer?

One player almost certain to leave is Harry Wilson. The academy graduate had impressed in fits and starts away on loan. However, a loan spell with Bournemouth appears to have sealed his fate. Despite a flurry of impressive goals, Wilson was challenged to show Liverpool something they didn’t know; his prowess with shooting was obvious, but it was an inability to contribute in other ways that limited his chances.

Having failed to develop his game, the young Welshman might move on from Liverpool if they can secure a fee that makes an exit worthwhile. Meanwhile, there is an expectation that other squad players will move on this summer. Joel Matip has been linked with a return to Germany. Despite some hugely impressive form over the last 18 months, the German-Cameroonian simply cannot stay fit enough.

The arrival of new central defensive options in the summer could see Matip become an expendable asset as Liverpool look to make smart changes to the makeup of the squad. Despite being a well-loved player by Reds fans and teammates, Matip simply cannot stay fit enough.

The other players who could be on the chopping block are dynamic midfield duo Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Both have been linked with an exit from Anfield, with Keita linked with moves to Germany and to Spain. ‘AOC’ has improved his fitness in recent times, with the main issue being consistency due to lack of fitness.

With both players now spending much of the last two years barely contributing, though, Klopp might look to bring in a midfielder who he knows can stay on the pitch when needed. With some big changes expected to arrive at Anfield this though, there is a growing excitement at what could be a mini revolution.



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