Liverpool could be set for one of the busiest transfer windows in the club’s history this summer. Jurgen Klopp should be heavily backed in the summer and summer clear out looks on the cards. The Reds have been rumoured with the likes of Mario Gotze and Piotr Zielinski as the former Borussia Dortmund manager looks to build a squad capable of playing his system.
Mass changes have been reported in the summer with many deadwood players heading for the exit door. Although squad depth is necessary, some players just aren’t good enough to wear the Red shirt meaning a lot of players could leave in the summer
We take a look at ten players who could depart Anfield in the summer transfer window…
Hungarian keeper, Adam Bogdan, arrived in the summer on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers ready to take Brad Jones’ position as our number two. However, with Simon Mignolet under-performing, Bogdan was given his chance in between the sticks. A number of high-profile errors soon meant that he was sent to the U21s by Klopp who recalled Danny Ward from his loan as backup for Mignolet. Bogdan’s short time at the club looks set to be over in the summer.
The end also seems near for Mario Balotelli. Signed by the infamous transfer committee during Brendan Rodger’s reign as Liverpool boss, the Italian became the replacement for Luis Suarez after failing to lure Alexis Sanchez to Merseyside. Currently on loan at former club AC Milan, the club have admitted it is unlikely they will want their former striker on a permanent deal. His agent suggested that he would be willing to return to the club in order to work with Klopp. However, the former Manchester City man has a reputation for a low work ethic meaning he will not be wanted next season. Reports suggest that he could be on his way to China.
What a hero this man is! Our Ivorian defender has become a cult hero during his time at Anfield after arriving from Manchester City on a free transfer. Toure has been a consistently solid back-up when called upon and has become a fan favourite. His leadership and experience in the dressing room would be missed but there are too many other options at centre-back. It would be nice to see Kolo remain at the club in a coaching role.
Former Barcelona prodigy, Luis Alberto, has become a forgotten figure at Anfield. The Spaniard made a scarce number of appearances under Rodgers before being shipped to Malaga and Deportivo on loan. The youngster has impressed during his loan spell and Deportivo are interested in making his move permanent. Alberto has the ability but just wasn’t suited to English football and should make the move back to Spain in the summer.
Another man who was recalled from their loan spell was Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori. I suppose it was inevitable that he would not make the grade if could not force his way into an Aston Villa side currently sat rock bottom of the Premier League. Ilori has seemingly built his reputation from beating one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s sprint record for Portugal and has no place in the squad. He has been deemed surplus to requirements under Klopp and now Deportivo seem like his next destination.
Joao Carlos Teixeira
I am a big fan of Portuguese attacking midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira. The midfielder is a tidy player who should have been given more of a chance during his time at the club. I believe that if he was a few years younger, he would be retained. However, at 23, he needs first-team football. With the abundance of number 10’s already at the club, with a move for Gotze rumoured, Teixeira needs to move on for the good of his career. I hope he finds the right club who are willing to give him the chance to impress.
What is Jose Enrique still doing at the club? What makes for worse reading is that the Spaniard is still taking home £65,000 per week despite his lack of appearances. He rejected a move away last summer, obviously keen to make the most of his bumper contract on Merseyside, but the club will not be offering him a new deal and should leave in the summer when his contract deal ends. Thank god.
Slovakian defender, Martin Skrtel, has somehow managed to stay at the club during the last two clear-outs. His defending at set-pieces is horrendous and usually involves a small wrestling match between him and the attacker. His marking is woeful and has lost his place in the side thanks to the form of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren. His display against Southampton pretty much summed up his current ability and the former Zenit defender should be allowed to move in the summer with Joel Matip arriving on a free.
Surprisingly, club captain Jordan Henderson may also find himself nearing the exit door in the summer. Whilst his form has not been great since returning from injury, Henderson remains a vital part of Liverpool’s side. However, Klopp admitted no-one was unsellable when asked about the midfielder’s future. If the Reds manage to secure a big money move for a central midfielder such as Granit Xhaka, Henderson could well leave. Tottenham are rumoured to be interested in bringing the former Sunderland man to White Hart Lane in a deal that could be worth around £25m.
£32m striker, Christian Benteke, seemingly put the nail in his own coffin this week. The tall Belgian publicly spoke out against Klopp which will not go down well with the German. Benteke admitted he would not have joined the club if he had known he would not be starting; which is fair enough but he has not shown enough when given the chance. Benteke is not suited to Liverpool’s system but has scored some big goals this season. However, the former Villa striker has missed a host of chances this season and was given a talking to by Klopp following the 3-2 defeat to Southampton. If the right offer comes in, with West Ham interested, it is highly likely that the Belgian will be moved on after just one season.
Joe Allen – Rumours of a return to Swansea following reports that Rodgers will take over at the end of the season. Has impressed following a run of games in the side but is ultimately not good enough to be a first-team regular.
Andre Wisdom – Failed to establish himself as a first-team regular during his loan spell at Norwich. At 22, he hasn’t developed enough to be worthy of contention for the Reds and should find a new club in the upcoming window.
Jerome Sinclair – The young English striker was considered one of the club’s top prospects but has refused to sign a new deal. Watford tried to secure his signature in January and are favourites to land his signature when his contract expires.
Lucas Leiva – There are doubts around Lucas’ long-term future at the club. The Brazilian was close to the exit door before Klopp’s arrival and has found some success at centre-back this season. New signings could see an end to his long affiliation with the club.
Who do you think will leave the club at the end of the season?