Liverpool: Three players in, three players out

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With the summer transfer window upon us, it's time to start thinking about what every club needs to do in order to strengthen their squads.

It's set to be a particularly exciting summer for Liverpool fans as Jurgen Klopp is preparing for his first major window with the Reds.

Several players are expected to be coming and going from Anfield during the pre-season, with the likes of Joel Matip, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius all becoming Liverpool players ahead of next season.


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However, as well as arrivals, there could be departures, so here are three faces we could see arrive at Anfield, and three faces we could see depart.


Mario Gotze – Bayern Munich

Despite Mario Gotze recently firing his agent and reiterating his desires to stay put at the Allianz Arena, it's impossible to rule anything out when it comes to football.

Gotze has struggled to break into the Munich first team under Pep Guardiola, but with the Spaniard leaving and being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, the World Cup winner could get a second chance to impress.

However, it won't stop Liverpool trying to land the midfielder and Klopp is keen on having a reunion with the star following their days at Borussia Dortmund together.

The deal looks unlikely, but as mentioned before, never rule anything out.

Ryan Bertrand - Southampton

Liverpool’s transfer policy, should be something like this: If in doubt, raid Southampton.

Four players have switched St Mary’s for Anfield in the last two years, and the Reds should consider making Bertrand number five.

The ex-Chelsea youngster has arguably been the best left-back in the Premier League over the past two seasons, and has earned himself a promotion to the England squad.

After many of the Anfield faithful have lost patience with Alberto Moreno, Bertrand would walk into the first team.

Saido Berahino – West Brom

After a summer of Twitter tantrums and missed opportunities, Berahino finds himself on the sidelines at West Brom, falling out of favour with manager Tony Pulis in the process.

Berahino has only made 17 Premier League appearances, scoring four goals. The 22-year-old is wasted under Pulis, and his pace, intelligent movement, and finishing ability would make him a great substitute for Daniel Sturridge on Merseyside, and an even better replacement for Christian Benteke.

With his contract set to expire next year, West Brom can’t afford to hold on to Berahino for much longer. Their best option would be to cash in on the striker while they still can, maybe even negotiate a swap deal for Benteke.


Alberto Moreno

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.

He has been less than impressive since moving to Merseyside, and his defensive frailties have cost the Reds dearly.

If Klopp is looking to make a significant impact, and challenge the top clubs in England, then Moreno will certainly be one of Liverpool’s first players to leave.

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke’s career at Liverpool has had low points, such as his woeful miss against Leicester City on Boxing day, and glistening high points, such as his spectacular scissors kick against Manchester United. Sadly, for Benteke, the former certainly outweigh the latter.

Brendan Rodgers thought that the promising Belgium international would offer Liverpool something different in attack, after impressing at Aston Villa, but Klopp's mind-set appears to differ.

Klopp will be determined to lead Liverpool into a new direction and Benteke has already fallen behind.

Simon Mignolet

This one would be controversial for several Liverpool fans, but the fact of the matter is, Mignolet has proven to be one of the most inconsistent goalkeepers in the Premier League, and much like Moreno, if Liverpool wish to make a push for the top, they will need a strong defence, which includes a strong keeper between the sticks.

Mignolet doesn’t seem to be at the same level as the likes of David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech, Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart. When compared with these, it seems Liverpool need an upgrade. Mignolet isn't a bad player, but he's not going to win the Reds the required amount of points to challenge for the title, much like the five keepers listed.

Whether Loris Karius is the answer to Liverpool’s problems remains to be seen.

Who should Jurgen Klopp be targeting this summer for Liverpool? Leave us YOUR suggestions in the comment section below!

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