Liverpool: three players who should have played their final game

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Liverpool's season ended in failure on Wednesday night as they were beaten at the hands of Spanish outfit Sevilla in the Europa League final.

It all started so well for Jurgen Klopp's side, who took the lead before half-time thanks to a fine goal from England international Daniel Sturridge. 

The forward hit the ball with the outside of his foot to put the Merseyside outfit in control at St Jakob Stadium. 


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But the second-half was one to forget for all involved; Sevilla struck three goals and ran out comfortable winners to claim their third successive Europa League trophy. 

For Liverpool, it ended a season of disappointment after suffering defeat in the Capital One Cup final and failing to make their mark in the Premier League, ending in eighth position. 

Different Liverpool 

So what will happen to the current crop of players at Anfield? Well, following the game, Klopp admitted that we will see a different Liverpool team next season. 

The German coach, as per the Liverpool Echo, stated: “This team will be a little bit different next year, that's clear. We will do something with transfers, that's clear.

“First of all, we need to use the experience. I'm sure we will be in a final again and have decisive moments, and if we have decisive moments we all have to react better.

“It is clear we are not in a European tournament next year so we don't have football on Wednesday or Thursday so we will have time to train and we will for sure come back stronger.

“Hopefully we have nobody injured early in pre-season. Euro 2016 will be a long tournament for a lot of my players. Then we have a short break and start again."

It's clear for all to see, then, that there will be a number of incomings and outgoings at Liverpool over the course of the summer.

But which players will depart? Well, it's safe to say that a few players may have played their last game for the club. 

Here are three players who could be sold this summer: 

Alberto Moreno 

Sorry, Alberto, but we just have to start with you. The full-back came in for so much criticism following the Reds' Europa League final defeat and large sections of the Anfield faithful want him replaced. 

Ultimately, he was woeful in Switzerland and his defensive vulnerability cost Liverpool. It may have been slightly unfair to make him a scapegoat - other players failed to perform to the required level - but fans have grown frustrated with the Spaniard. 

If Klopp and co. are serious about making an impact in England's elite division next season, then they are going to need a far better left-back than Moreno. He's certainly got something about him going forward, but he's nowhere near good enough to keep rival players at bay. 

Christian Benteke 

Christian Benteke only made a cameo appearance against Sevilla, but that just about sums up his short Liverpool career. Brendan Rodgers clearly thought that the Belgium international would offer Liverpool something different in attack, but Klopp's mindset appears to differ. 

Unfortunately for the Aston Villa striker, his strengths are never going to be met in Klopp's system and he will have to move on sooner rather than later. Klopp will be determined to lead Liverpool into a new direction and Benteke has already fallen behind. 

This summer represents an important one for him as he goes in search of getting his career back on track. 

Simon Mignolet

To be fair to Simon Mignolet, he wasn't really at fault for Sevilla's three goals on Wednesday night and he made a couple of fine stops. But the jury is still out on whether he's good enough to stay as the club's number one shot-stopper. 

While the likes of David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech and Hugo Lloris star for rival clubs, Mignolet just isn't at their level. It's quite clear that Liverpool need an upgrade. 

Klopp has appeared to stick by the Belgian throughout the course of the campaign, but it will be interesting to see whether he has a change of heart as he gets to work ahead of the new campaign. Mignolet isn't bad, but he's not going to win the Reds the required amount of points to challenge for the title. 

Liverpool fans: who should leave this summer? Have your say below! 

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