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Liverpool: five huge players for next season

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Liverpool may well be sitting in eighth position in the Premier League table, but there is most definitely a feel-good factor at the club right now.

That, understandably, is down to the influence of manager Jurgen Klopp: the revered German coach has enjoyed a steady start to life on English soil and will lead the Reds to the Europa League final later this month.

As Klopp continues to implement his philosophy at Anfield, there's every opportunity for the club to continue to go from strength-to-strength.

The target, of course, is long-term success, but which players will inspire the club to do just that?

Well, teaming up with fantasy football site DraftKings, we've taken a look at which players can shine for Klopp over the coming years.


Roberto Firmino

It's easy to forget that Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino is still experiencing his debut season in the Premier League. The 24-year-old is still looking for consistency, but it's clear for all to see that he's set for stardom on Merseyside.

Indeed, Firmino is an exceptional talent and his DraftKings statistics during this season pretty much confirm that belief. He has contributed to 18 goals in 35 Premier League appearances, with 10 strikes and eight assists.

After learning his trade under Klopp, there's every chance that he will further prove his credentials in the 2016/17 campaign. He's perfect for the Liverpool boss's system and should thrive as he puts a new-look team together.

Dejan Lovren

It's not exactly been an easy couple of years for Dejan Lovren at Liverpool. Following his move from Southampton, the defender has flattered to deceive at times, but his performances have been admirable in the last few months.

He's now a leading player for the club at the heart of their defence, and while Klopp may well look to invest in his defence this summer, don't expect Lovren to be dislodged.

DraftKings statistics show that he has won 33 tackles and claimed 41 interceptions in 27 Premier League games this term, but expect those numbers to be even better next season. By no means is he the finished article, but he has already started to answer his critics.

Jordan Henderson

Things haven't exactly been easy for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the dugout. Unfortunately for the England international, he has struggled to maintain his fitness and has had to watch on from the sidelines more often than not.

But Henderson remains a huge asset for the club and shouldn't be underestimated at this stage. It's clear he needs to improve - according to DraftKings, he's netted just two goals from 28 shots in England's elite division this season - but staying fit should help him once again come to prominence.

Klopp will be hoping to get the best out of his captain and he could be at the forefront of a new era at Anfield.

James Milner

Life for James Milner under Klopp's regime has been truly magnificent. The ex-Aston Villa man has been brilliant for the Reds during the latter stages of the season and it's not exactly unexpected.

That's because he is the ideal man for Klopp's system. We're all aware that Milner doesn't stop running, but he also has many other great qualities.

It's easy to understand why he has assisted 13 goals this season, with DraftKings stating that he has delivered a mammoth 227 crosses throughout the course of the campaign.

Milner may well be 30-years-old, but he is showing no signs of slowing down and won't be forced out of Liverpool in the immediate future. Expect him to have another key role to play in the 2016/17 season.

Daniel Sturridge

Managing Daniel Sturridge is not an easy one. Klopp has quickly come to terms with that but has also realised that he has a very special player at his disposal.

In fact, Klopp appears to be handling Sturridge very well right now. The forward has been in and out of the side in recent months but has played a vital role nonetheless.

When fit and firing, he's one of the most dangerous players in the division. DraftKings statistics show that he has netted nine goals from his 25 shots on target this season. He's a natural in front of goal and should continue to shine under the German coach. Fitness permitting, Sturridge will remain an integral player for the Reds next term.

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