It’s been reported that Jurgen Klopp will be handed ‘substantial funds’ to overhaul the current Liverpool squad.
Klopp has struggled to help the Reds push on since replacing Brendan Rodgers in October - seven wins from his first 18 league matches in charge of the Merseyside outfit is nothing to brag about - and watched his team lose on penalties in the Capital One Cup final to Manchester City last weekend.
After the match, Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports that Klopp had to replace Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno - but, in truth, at least another six players in the Liverpool squad should be shown the exit door this summer.
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Too many of the current crop aren’t performing to the best of their abilities and a significant change in personnel is required.
Klopp is undoubtedly the right man to take the Reds forward, though, and will be hoping to make his mark on the team before the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.
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Here are the eight players Klopp must axe this summer…
Why is Jose Enrique still at Anfield?
The Spaniard has barely played for Liverpool in recent seasons and looks certain to leave the club when his contract (finally) expires this summer.
Kolo Toure wants a new one-year contract at Liverpool but Klopp has to let the Ivorian defender go.
He might have cult-hero status at Anfield, but that’s no reason to retain the services of a player who clearly isn’t cut out to play for one of English football’s biggest clubs.
Big things were expected of Dejan Lovren after he completed his £20 million move from Southampton in the summer of 2014.
However, it hasn’t worked out for the Croatia international, who has missed much of this season through injury. Money must be spent on two first-class centre-backs this summer.
It’s still mystifying why Brendan Rodgers thought spending £32.5 million on Christian Benteke was a good idea when Liverpool were never going to play to the Belgium international’s strengths.
The much-maligned 25-year-old is an effective striker - but he’s at the wrong club.
If Jamie Carragher was in Klopp’s position, Alberto Moreno would be first out the door at Anfield.
The Spanish full-back was brilliant with Sevilla in La Liga and Liverpool did well to secure his services in 2014. However, the 23-year-old is defensively suspect and is probably better suited to the Spanish league.
Simon Mignolet is simply too unreliable to be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.
The Belgium international is capable of producing good, even great, performances on occasions. But he’ll let you down eventually.
Joe Allen has enjoyed a few decent moments for Liverpool since Klopp arrived earlier this season, but the Welshman isn’t good enough to hold down a regular place in the Reds’ starting line-up.
If Liverpool have ambitions of getting themselves back into the Champions League, they need better than the Wales international.
For his own sake, it’s probably best if the hapless Adam Bogdan gets away from Anfield.
Every time he plays, it ends in disaster. The fans don’t want him and it’d surely be best for all concerned if he moved to a club where the spotlight won’t shine so bright on him.
Liverpool fans: which players should Jurgen Klopp get rid of this summer? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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