Liverpool ready to offload several players as the Klopp revolution gets underway

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Liverpool’s reputable manager Jurgen Klopp has exclaimed that changes in personnel will be necessary, with his comments coming after he watched his new team lose a second cup final in three months.

For many Football Manager or FIFA enthusiasts, the perfect team to take control over is one that requires several changes in the opening transfer window. 

Liverpool looks like an ideal candidate to select, as we assess the main players from each position that the Reds need to sell in order to be playing Champions League football in 2017/18.


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Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet/Adam Bogdan

As of December 2015, Belgium's backup 'keeper had statistically made the most errors leading to goals over the past three Premier League seasons.

Though the same study, from, revealed he was second only to Joe Hart in terms of clean sheets, he had also conceded the third most in total over this time period.

These statistics reflect what most would consider an unsuccessful time at Anfield as the ex-Sunderland man has often been highlighted for confidence issues and glaring mistakes.

Meanwhile, being an understudy is always a difficult role, but former Bolton Wanderers stopper Adam Bogdan has done little to convince anybody that he has what it takes to continue as second choice goalkeeper at the club.

In recent weeks, Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Mainz's young goalkeeper Loris Karius, but will his inexperience prove a problem for a side looking to re-establish themselves amongst the elite in Europe?

Defence: Alberto Moreno/Mamadou Sakho/Kolo Toure/Martin Skrtel

Various pundits were widely critical of Alberto Moreno after his inept performance in the Europa League final, which helped his former club Sevilla achieve their third consecutive title.

Reds icon Jamie Carragher was one of the critics, with his now deleted tweet directed at the board to sign a new left-back.

Moreno has been a regular since his 2014 summer switch from his boyhood club, although former Charlton youngster Joe Gomez started ahead of him at the beginning of 2015/16, before an anterior cruciate ligament injury allowed Moreno back in the starting XI.

With so many questions being asked of the Spaniard's defensive capabilities and attacking intelligence, it may well be time for the Liverpool transfer committee to take on board Jamie Carragher's advice.

Central defence is also in need of sorting out. Major changes don't seem likely after Klopp secured the free transfer of Joel Matip from Schalke 04, but there may be one or two departures from Merseyside in the summer.

Mamadou Sakho's future hangs in the balance after his failed drugs test, though he has been a regular over the past season.

Kolo Toure was an outstanding performer in his side's biggest game of the season against Sevilla, but at the age of 35, he is still waiting to hear over a new contract. Martin Skrtel is another centre-half whose destination remains unclear after being dropped to the bench of late.

Midfield: Joe Allen

The Wales international has struggled to reproduce the form he displayed with Swansea City since his 2012 switch to Anfield, with game time diminishing year-by-year.

Allen has started only eight league games this season, to reduce his Liverpool average to 15 starts per season, and he is entering the final 12 months of his contract.

Swansea tried to re-sign their youth graduate in January and are being lined up to make another move this summer.

Another option would be a potential re-union with former manager Brendan Rodgers, who took Allen to Liverpool for £15 million after the pair worked together in south Wales.

Rodgers is currently unemployed, but is the bookies' favourite to take the vacant Celtic hot seat, whilst other clubs will be interested if the move to Scotland doesn't occur.

Attack: Christian Benteke/Mario Balotelli

Another Belgian who has never seemed to fit in at Liverpool is Christian Benteke.

The powerful striker commanded a staggering £32 million fee after his impressive displays under then-Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood. But the 25-year-old has often cut a peripheral figure, scoring just 10 goals in only 20 starts, with 21 further appearances off the bench.

Benteke struggled to deal with the passing style implemented at the club by Rodgers, and under Jurgen Klopp, it has gone further downhill for the forward.

As his goalscoring runs and droughts have shown, Benteke is clearly a 'confidence player,' but new boss Klopp does not seem to be instilling this into him. Following a loss at Southampton, Benteke gave an interview where he vented his displeasure and confusion at his role at the club under the new regime.

If Liverpool do the expected and offload Benteke, the question is will they even need a replacement?

Divock Origi has been the preferred back-up to Daniel Sturridge under Klopp, and the return from injury of Danny Ings will encourage Liverpool fans to believe they have enough firepower next season. 

This will free up funds for new additions in other departments, with World Cup winner Mario Gotze being one man linked to re-join Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool cannot expect to receive the fee they paid for Benteke's services, but with his obvious talent when playing in a team that suits his style, clubs are sure to be queueing to sign him.

Elsewhere, Mario Balotelli was quoted as saying he doesn't want to return to Liverpool from his loan spell at AC Milan. Judging by his woeful post-Euro 2012 performances, he may have no other alternative as potential suitors will be undoubtedly put off by his attitude.

With all the potential ins & outs over the summer, Klopp will have his first opportunity to build his own team. If Klopp matches squad he built from his Dortmund days, Liverpool are in for a fruitful few years at the elite level they so desperately desire.

Where does Jurgen Klopp need to strengthen the most this summer? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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