Joe Allen one of three at risk of being shipped by Jurgen Klopp in January

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It's been an eventful couple of months for Liverpool. The sacking of Brendan Rodgers was met with joy; the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as his replacement was met with sheer ecstasy on Merseyside.

Fans expected an immediate impact and to some extent they got that. Convincing away wins at Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester City filled the Anfield faithful with hope for the rest of the season.

However, 3-0 and 2-0 defeats to Watford and Newcastle respectively have contributed to a four game winless run under the German. Whilst miracles were expected upon his arrival, it must be remembered what kind of a team he inherited.


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Many of the players currently within Liverpool's ranks might never have arrived should Klopp have taken the reigns earlier, one prime example being Belgian forward Christian Benteke. Rodgers splashed a whopping £32 million on the forward - a fee he has failed to justify so far.

Instead of Benteke, Klopp has opted to play Roberto Firmino as the focal point of a front three; Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge have also played in the position when fit or required.

As a result, even despite his own injury woes, Benteke has been largely restricted to appearances from the bench, holding little impact in doing so.

The club's dour 3-0 defeat at Vicarage Road last weekend has placed many players in the spotlight after such an abject performance. Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Origi seemed the only players willing to show a degree of passion and effort throughout - a worrying site for all those involved given the standard of opponent.

Some of players' attitudes must be questioned as a result, let alone their suitability to playing for a club of Liverpool's stature.

And with the January transfer window fast approaching, Klopp will likely be on the lookout not just to sign players, but to also ship some of his own. Here are three players at danger of being sold in January.


The Croatian defender has somewhat improved under Klopp but is still yet to justify the £20 million Liverpool spent on him in 2014.

It could well be that the burden of such a fee has proved a heavy load to bear for Lovren, but regardless, inconsistent performances and costly mistakes have rendered the 26-year-old a liability at the heart of his side's defence.

Alongside Mamadou Sakho, who isn't much better frankly, Liverpool have a shakey defence in dire need of shaking up - and Lovren could well pay the price.


Yet to play under Klopp. The Spaniard has been out with a long-term injury but will struggle to break into the squad with Alberto Moreno and the injured Joe Gomez ahead of him in the pecking order.

Enrique showed such promise prior to his move at Newcastle but, like Lovren, has flattered to deceive since arriving on Merseyside and can now be seen as surplus to requirements under Klopp.


Once a regular under previous boss Rodgers, Allen has found game time hard to come by under his new, eccentric manager.

Bar one solid display during Liverpool's resounding 6-1 victory over Southampton last month, the Welshman has offered little to convince Klopp he's worthy of staying at the club, let alone a starting berth.

Like his two teammates above, Allen was excellent for former club Swansea and suggested, upon his arrival at Liverpool, he could add a much-needed creative edge. He's since been in and out of the squad far too often to justify such notions.                                                          

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Steven Gerrard
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