Liverpool's potential starting XI for 2016/17 season

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Jurgen Klopp has brought so much promise with him to Liverpool during his first eight months in charge, but as they played out their final game of the campaign on Wednesday night, that promise ultimately came to nothing.

Yes, Liverpool may have reached two cup finals under the German, but they lost both of them and finished eighth in the Premier League, meaning there will no European football at Anfield next season.

But this is only the start for Klopp, who obviously intends to undergo major changes in the summer transfer window. In the aftermath of Liverpool's 3-1 reverse against Sevilla in the Europa Cup final, Klopp warned fans to expect a new-look XI in August.


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The Reds boss said: “This team will be a little bit different next year, that's clear. We will do something with transfers, that's clear."

Indeed, Liverpool are already expecting two arrivals in Joel Matip and Marko Grujic but have also been linked with several other big names.

So what can Liverpool fans expect from their team next season? Well, GiveMeSport has put together a starting XI that may look a lot like the Liverpool team on the opening day of the Premier League season, so long as the transfer committee deliver on Klopp's demands.

If reports are to be believed, which for the purpose of this article they will be, there could be as many as four new first-team players on Merseyside.

Here is the line-up

Loris Karius

The future of Simon Mignolet appears to be in no doubt. He signed a long-term contract extension with Liverpool earlier this year, but that doesn't mean he'll be the club's No.1 next season.

Many fans have called on the club to sign an upgrade and reports earlier this week suggested Liverpool were closing in on a £5m deal for Loris Karius.

Karius currently plays for Klopp's former club Mainz and has made an impressive 91 appearances for the club despite being as young as 22-years-old. He has been tipped to reach the top and could get there whilst wearing a Liverpool shirt.

Joel Matip

With Mamadou Sakho facing a potentially lengthy ban for failing a drugs test, the arrival of Joel Matip will come as a great relief to Klopp and Liverpool.

The Schalke 04 defender will join on a free transfer after agreeing a pre-contract deal in January. After an impressive season in the Bundesliga, he is likely to go straight into the first-team.

Piotr Zielinski

Piotr Zielinski has emerged as one of the brightest young prospects whilst playing for Empoli this season and is set to shine at Euro 2016 with Poland. Liverpool have been linked with the attacking midfielder since the day Klopp arrived and he claimed last month that talks were already underway.

"There is a lot of truth in the interest of [Liverpool boss] Jurgen Klopp in me," he told reporters. "There was contact, I do not deny that."

Klopp's penchant for young players may see Zielinski play a big role in the first-team, but he will have to compete with some big names.

Mario Gotze

Mario Gotze is the prized target for Klopp this summer. Having failed to qualify for the Champions League, his job of coaxing the Bayern Munich star to Anfield has become a lot harder, but Gotze is in need of saving and who better to do it than his former mentor?

Klopp was devastated when, as Borussia Dortmund manager, he lost Gotze to Bayern Munich but now has a serious opportunity to reunite with him at Anfield. If Carlo Ancelotti makes him available, competition for his signature is going to be intense, but Klopp's presence and the lure of the Kop is sure to make them one of the favourites.

Sturridge sold?

Daniel Sturridge is going to have a big decision to make this summer. The England international proved he can be world-class on his day on Wednesday night, scoring an outrageous goal with the outside of his boot to give Liverpool the lead.

However, he appears to have been at odds with Klopp all season and it is clear the German does not wholly trust the striker to give 100% when it is required. Unfortunately for Sturridge, Klopp demands 100% every single game.

Moreno out?

Klopp will also have to make a big decision at left-back. Alberto Moreno looked out of sorts against Sevilla and is unlikely to be trusted for the whole campaign next year. Leicester's Ben Chilwell is expected to join, but he will be one for the future.

Joe Gomez, who is yet to play a game under Klopp, proved his value under Brendan Rodgers before a serious knee injury ruined his season. If he can prove his fitness during pre-season, Klopp is likely to give him another chance.

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