It’s going to be a busy summer for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.
The German manager arrived in October and hasn’t yet had the opportunity to turn the current squad into his own. But this summer’s transfer window represents the perfect opportunity to bring in his own players.
Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Loris Karius are already confirmed to be joining up the team while they have also been linked with plenty of other players, most notably Mario Gotze.
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While it’s easy to speculate about who Liverpool should sign, they also need to sell a few players to make space for all their new signings.
Klopp has had more than seven months to assess his squad and will know by now which players don’t fit his philosophy or are simply not good enough.
These are the five players that we think the club must get rid of this summer:
This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, does it? Reports on Thursday suggested that Balotelli hasn’t done enough to secure a permanent move to AC Milan meaning he is set to return to Anfield. Can you imagine Balotelli playing the high-press game under Klopp? Neither can we.
This won’t surprise you much either. Skrtel’s agent has admitted that the chances of the Slovakian leaving the club this summer are 90%. He fell behind 35-year-old Kolo Toure in the pecking order following his shambolic 45 minutes away to Southampton. He’s been a great servant for Liverpool but it’s time to say goodbye.
Some may think that the £32.5 million signing should be given a second season to prove himself at Anfield but we don’t. Benteke, like Balotelli, clearly doesn’t fit Klopp’s philosophy. Yes, he provides something different off the bench but the club need to cash in now to try and recuperate the hefty amount they splashed on him last summer.
Moreno is currently Liverpool’s only natural left-back but he hasn’t done enough to keep his place next season. The Spaniard is more interested in attacking and diving into tackles than defending. The Reds will need to bring in two left-backs if they do sell Moreno and have been linked with Ben Chilwell and Raphael Guerreiro - two young and talented full-backs.
Alternatively, Klopp could attempt to adapt Moreno into a more attacking role to limit the damage he causes with his less than convincing defending.
He may be a local lad and a bit of a fan favourite but Flanagan simply isn’t good enough for Liverpool. He did well in the 2013/14 campaign as Brendan Rodgers’ side almost won the league but, after 18 months out injured, Flanagan has struggled in the first-team. It’s time for him to leave and start a career elsewhere.