Seven Liverpool players who Jurgen Klopp could still decide to chop

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It is a rebuilding process at Anfield this season for Jurgen Klopp, who was appointed three months ago, and Adam Lallana knows that the players must perform to the highest levels to ensure their futures are secure.

While the likes of Alberto Moreno, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho and, recently, Roberto Firmino have been impressive under the German's leadership, others have failed to meet the standards Klopp will require to get Liverpool back into the Champions League.

Eight points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham - in seventh - Liverpool's top-four hopes, in reality, look unlikely. But while Klopp's only real hope of success looks likely in the cup competitions, it is a very important period for the players.


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“You want to impress, you need to get your feet under the table again, because you’re working with a different coach." Lallana told the Daily Mirror.

“But he’s been great, not just for myself but for everyone really. There won’t be too many who have anything bad to say about him – whether it works out for certain individuals or not."

With that in mind, here is a look at seven players whose careers could be hanging in the balance:

Adam Bogdan

The Hungarian has had a start to life at Anfield that he would care to forget. Limited to five appearances and a howler within minutes of Liverpool's loss to Watford, dropping the ball for Nathan Ake to tap in, he has proved not to be the reliable back-up the Reds need.

In fact, the 28-year-old, who signed from Bolton just six months ago, wants to quit Anfield, having been the source of negativity from the Anfield faithful. It has made first choice Simon Mignolet, who has had numerous dodgy performances, look reliable between the posts.

And if things couldn't get any worse for Bogdan, who has hopes of going to Euro 2016 with Hungary, Danny Ward has leapfrogged him into second-choice goalkeeper, after his loan spell at Aberdeen was ended early.

Jose Enrique

While Bogdan is looking to force his way out of Anfield, Enrique is keen to fight for his place, and luckily enough, Klopp is happy enough to gift him that opportunity.

Enrique's contract finishes at the end of the season and turned down a move to West Bromwich Albion in the summer. The 30-year-old last featured for the Reds exactly a year ago, and with Alberto Moreno impressing at left-back, the former Newcastle man's chances are limited.

With Enrique having not been included in the Europa League squad under previous boss Brendan Rodgers, the Spaniard's opportunities to impress Klopp have been somewhat limited.

He was forced to train with outcasts Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli under Rodgers and left out of the club's pre-season tour.

Although Enrique's performances for the club hadn't been bad, Reds youngster Brad Smith has deputised for Moreno recently and Klopp is keen to give his young players a chance - essentially ending the Spaniard's chances.

Dejan Lovren

Lovren has never really recreated the form that earned him praise and admirers during his time with Southampton and has at times, struggled during his time at Anfield.

However, the Croatian has been unlucky with injuries of late and will likely return to his duties once fit. But with Liverpool looking to get into the Champions League and struggling to defend set-pieces this season, they are looking to bolster their options.

Joel Matip is available on a free from Schalke in the summer, and the Reds are reportedly hoping to secure a deal on a Bosman, which could put Lovren's future under threat.

But, with some decent performances for the remainder of the season, he shouldn't find it too difficult to stay in favour under Klopp, if he can reproduce the kind of form that he created at Southampton.

Joe Allen

It's a strange situation for the Welshman, who has been an outcast for much of the season and talks of a new contract have gone quiet. But, nonetheless, the midfielder has proved a great impact under Klopp.

When Rodgers left the club early in the season Allen's future looked bleak, but a vital last-minute equaliser at home to Arsenal to earn a point, assist in the League Cup semi-final first leg away to Stoke City and winning penalty in the second leg to send the Reds to the final, has seemingly revived his Anfield career.

Swansea recently enquired about taking the Welshman on loan, having sold him to the Reds back in 2012 for £15 million, but the offer was rejected.

Allen has proved a useful back-up option in midfield for Klopp and should he continue to impress, the 25-year-old might not just gain a starting birth, but a new contract.

“From my point of view, it is about knuckling down, doing my job and giving my best, which I always do,” Allen told the Independent.

However, the Welshman cannot allow his recent run of form to cause complacency, otherwise, his Liverpool future could be brought into question.

Christian Benteke

It is strange to suggest that Liverpool's top scorer, and a man who was wanted by Klopp before he moved to Anfield, is on the list of potential players whose futures are on the line.

The £32.5 million summer signing from Aston Villa has seven goals to his name this campaign, but has struggled to fit in with the Reds' style of play. But luckily for the Belgium international, his German boss holds a lot of patience.

One of the player's troubles is his inability to link up with Roberto Firmino, who has recently grown into the player Liverpool fans were expecting. But when he and Firmino have played alongside each other, the Belgian has struggled to influence the game and the Brazilian has faded out of the action.

It is a problem that hopefully Klopp can fix and Benteke can regain the goalscoring form that's known he create, as he continues to lack confidence in his new surroundings.

To sell the 25-year-old would be a rash decision, having invested so much money in him, but with Daniel Sturridge suffering recurring injuries, the pressure on the big front man is larger than normal.

Daniel Sturridge

And onto the man himself, Sturridge, who by statistics and performances during his Liverpool career, should not see him on this list. Maybe a list of players the Reds need to keep ahold of, in fact.

But the former Chelsea man has made only six appearances this season, five in the league, scoring four goals. It is an impressive return for a man who has been out for most of the campaign.

However, reports suggest that Klopp could be prepared to allow the owners to cash in, who are fed up with his recurring injury problems, and invest their income from the sale on fresh talent who can provide the same amount of goals.

Hopefully, as many Reds fans will be wishing, Sturridge will finally get over his injury crisis and return to scoring the goals that so nearly helped Liverpool to their first Premier League title two seasons ago.

Simon Mignolet

Another unexpected name on the list, in terms of his scenario, is Mignolet. The Belgian goalkeeper has, surprisingly to many at Anfield, recently signed a new five-year contract.

The club had been reportedly looking to replace their 'keeper after some costly errors which has caused a stir on the Kop.

Mignolet, like Allen, produced some heroics on Tuesday night, to send Liverpool into the League Cup final, making two saves in the shoot-out, as the Reds go in search of becoming champions for the ninth time in this competition.

It appears his future is safe, but don't be surprised if a new 'keeper comes in as reserve and forces the Belgian out of favour if he gives Klopp many more reasons to doubt his quality.

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