Liverpool's starting XI for next season is predicted by Sky Sports - Twitter reacts

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Liverpool fans are, understandably, pretty excited about next season.

Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield in October and the German has taken time to get used to life on Merseyside.

But, come the start of next season, Klopp will have had two full transfer windows and would have been in charge for almost ten months.


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He's had more than six months to assess his current squad and will, no doubt, already be planning where to strengthen and drawing up a shortlist with players he wants to sign.

He gained a stellar reputation for signing incredible talent for small transfer fees during his seven years at Borussia Dortmund.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £9.75 million, Marco Reus for £12.8 million and Ilkay Gundogan for £4 million are just three examples of the incredible purchases Klopp made at the Westfalenstadion.

Liverpool fans are hoping Klopp can do a similar job at their club after years of big-money flops such as Andy Caroll, Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli.

Klopp has already moved to sign Joel Matip and Marko Grujic, who will both join up with the first-team in the summer. But many people are speculating over who else Klopp will look to bring and Sky Sports have gone one step further by predicting Liverpool’s starting XI for next season.

They tweeted a team which boasted the signings of Marc-Andre her Stegen, Jonas Hector, Piotr Zielinski, Mario Gotze and Michy Batshuayi - all players that the Reds have been linked with.

The only players they think will keep their place for next season are Nathaniel Clyne, Mamadou Sakho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, while Matip was also included.

That means the likes of captain Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge would all lose their spot in the team.

The reaction from this possible XI was interesting, to say the least. Obviously, some Kopites were extremely excited at seeing this incredible side.

But the majority of people, including those fans of other teams, were quick to point out how unrealistic the line-up was.

Of course, if Liverpool win the Europa League they will be rewarded with a place in next season’s Champions League and will be able to attract world-class talent as well as having extra funds to spend - not to mention the attraction of playing under Klopp.

However, the manager has insisted that the attitudes of the players must be spot on, regardless of their quality.

Earlier this week, the 48-year-old told reporters: “I would never sign an a****** just because he’s great at football.”

Liverpool fans: Who would you like your team to sign in the summer? Let us know in the comments box below!

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