How Liverpool could potentially line up next season

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Jurgen Klopp has already started with new signings before the summer transfer window has even opened with Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic on their way to Liverpool.

However, questions will be asked if the young signings will make Klopp's ideal starting XI.

Not only will there be big changes coming in, a lot of players look to be on their way out as Christian Benteke and Martin Skrtel are heavily linked away from Anfield.


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With the transfer window expected to be a busy one at Anfield, here we will look into how Liverpool could possibly look come the first day of next season.

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet / Loris Karius

Simon Mignolet has been Liverpool's number one in goal this season, but has been prone to making mistakes.

With Loris Karius joining Liverpool from Jurgen Klopp's old side, Mainz, the young German goalkeeper could could provide a strong backup, or even be up against Mignolet to be the main goalkeeper for the upcoming season.

Defence: Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Jonas Hector

The main problem with Liverpool's starting line-up over the last three seasons seems to be the back four.

With Martin Skrtel rumoured to be on his way to Turkey, Kolo Toure leaving at the end of his contract this summer and Mamadou Sakho preparing to face his prolonged ban, squad depth and quality at the back will be vital for the Reds this season.

As stated earlier, one of the first signings Jurgen Klopp made was Joel Matip from Schalke on a free transfer. Not only does Matip look like a very promising young defender, he is also great at going forward.

Dejan Lovren has particularly impressed since Jurgen Klopp has arrived at Anfield and next season could see him improve even more and provide a solid defensive partnership alongside Joel Matip.

After being at fault for two goals in the Europa League final, Alberto Moreno has been disappointing this season, despite his excellent ability going forward. The Spanish left-back has been criticised for not being in the correct position because of himself going forward, then not tracking back into his defensive position, leaving space open for the opposition. 

Moreno has been on the end of a lot of criticism from Liverpool fans as his mistakes effectively cost Liverpool the Europa League final this season. The ideal replacement for the Alberto Moreno could be FC Koln's left-back, Jonas Hector, who has been on Liverpool's radar since March. Whether he comes to Liverpool or not remains to be seen.

However, after a solid season at right-back, Nathaniel Clyne is set to keep his place with Jon Flanagan as a backup.

Midfield: James Milner and Emre Can

Both James Milner and Emre Can have been in excellent form this season as both seem set to keep their place in the middle of a 4-2-3-1 formation next season.

James Milner has come up with the goals this season and has provided the most assists for Liverpool this season.

Emre Can has been vital to Liverpool's Europa League campaign, as he found himself with a place in the Team of the Season in the European competition this year. Not only did he achieve that, he also picked up Liverpool's Young Player of the Season at their annual awards.

If either gets injured or just simply needs a rest, depth is there in midfield as Jordan Henderson and new signing, Marko Grujic could be set for a place in the side. The midfield definitely looks fierce for competition next season and also exciting for Liverpool fans.

Attacking Midfield: Mario Gotze, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho

After a solid season from both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian's look set for an even better upcoming season.

Ever since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield, Firmino has looked extremely good, scoring 11 goals this season. Coutinho has also been impressive, but sometimes inconsistent for Liverpool this season, especially in the Europa League final, failing to make an impact.

The biggest rumour to be produced for Liverpool this season has to be Mario Gotze. The German World Cup winner has struggled for minutes at the Allianz Arena, and has been strongly linked with a reunion with Klopp.

However, in recent days, Gotze has fired his agent and insisted that he's happy in Munich, which means signing him could be difficult, but if Klopp can lure him away, it would be an astute signing.

Both Roberto Firmino and Emre Can have spoken about Mario Gotze and how good they believe the German would be in the Liverpool team next season.

Can could potentially persuade Gotze to join Liverpool as he is likely to line up alongside him in the Euro 2016 tournament this summer in the German team. Firmino played against Gotze while he was in Germany playing for Hoffenheim and has knowledge of how good the German star is.

Initially, Borussia Dortmund looked keen to bring back the German, but with signing the young star, Ousmane Dembele, Liverpool are in pole position to sign Gotze, should he eventually leave Munich.

Striker: Daniel Sturridge / Divock Origi / Danny Ings

The 4-2-3-1 formation Liverpool look to deploy next season will only see one attacker in a lone role up front.

Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool's only goal in the Europa League final with a sweet finish with his left foot. However, injuries have not helped the English striker over the last couple of seasons and whether he gets injured or how good his form is, may see Danny Ings or Divock Origi take his place.

Despite being in Ligue 1's worst Team of the Season last year, Origi has been in scintillating form for Liverpool since the turn of the year. He became the main striker due to Sturridge not being fully fit and proved why he is one of Belgium's first choice strikers for the national team. He will certainly provide hot competition for the main striker next season.

As for Ings, he showed Liverpool why he was such a good striker for Burnley and arrived last summer on a free transfer. However, around three months into his Liverpool career, Ings suffered an ACL injury to rule him out for the season.

Not only will he provide competition for a spot in Liverpool's starting XI, he has an excellent work ethic, which could see him thrive under Jurgen Klopp.

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