Liverpool's first season under Jurgen Klopp was one of the busiest in their history.
Having reached the final of the ridiculously lengthy Europea League and the comparatively short Capital One Cup final, they played an incredible 63 matches overall.
Understandably, Klopp had to dig deep into his roster to keep his key players fresh. The situation was further hampered by numerous injury problems and the German tactician ended up having to use 39 different players across the campaign.
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But next season will be very different at Anfield. There will be no European football on Merseyside and, as a result, Klopp is looking to make significant cutbacks to his squad.
According to The Mirror, Liverpool fans could see as many as eight players leave between now and the end of the transfer window. Similar to his Borussia Dortmund team, Klopp wants a compact squad that can become tight-knitted. That means a serious session of cutting anything he deems superfluous.
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Christian Benteke and Jordan Ibe are likely to be first out of the door with the former a target for Crystal Palace and the latter reportedly on his way to Bournemouth. The Cherries had a £15m offer accepted for the young winger on Thursday as they search for a successor to Matt Richie.
Liverpool hope to get £30m upfront for Benteke but the fact that only Crystal Palace are showing an interest is counting against them. What seems more likely is a deal worth around £25m with performance related clauses attached.
Joe Allen is also expected to be sold after his fine Euro 2016 campaign with as many as six clubs keeping an eye on him. He could quite easily generate £10m but Liverpool are currently asking for £15m. Sevilla have confirmed their interest in the Welshman and could conceivably negotiate a double deal for both Allen and Luis Alberto, who Liverpool have valued at £7m.
That is the same price they expect to get for Mario Balotelli, who is currently of interest to Serie A clubs Sampdoria and Crotone. However, his £90,000-a-week wages are almost certainly going to be a major stumbling block.
Martin Skrtel is expected to complete a £5.5m move to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce while Lucas has recently been linked with a £10m transfer to their rivals Besiktas. Finally, Sergi Canos, who spent to majority of last season on loan, is expected to complete a £2.5m transfer to Norwich presently.
- Christian Benteke - £30m
- Jerome Sinclair - £15m
- Joe Allen - £10m
- Luis Alberto - £7m
- Mario Balotelli - £7m
- Martin Skrtel - £5.5m
- Lucas - £10m
- Sergi Canos - £2.5m
Toal potential earnings: £87m
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