Liverpool fire sale: Who should Jurgen Klopp sell this summer?

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With his big smile and unthreatening spectacles, Jurgen Klopp cuts a kind image, but a large section of Liverpool's squad is discovering that there is a dark side to that friendly face.

The German is everyone's best friend when the sun is shining but it appears he has no time for stragglers in his pursuit of success. That is why he could be on his way to breaking a Liverpool transfer record, but not the kind that would make fans dance with excitement.

According to the Daily Mail, Klopp could be about to set a record for transfer fees received this summer with as many as five players set to follow Joe Allen, Jordan Ibe and Martin Skrtel out of the door.

Klopp could even garner £100m in player sales, most of which he appears willing to reinvest. He has already spent £30m on Sadio Mane and a further £25m on Georginio Wijnaldum but more departures will be needed before another big name can come the other way.

Here we take a look at five names made available for transfer and decide whether or not Klopp is right to cash in or whether he should give them another chance.

Christian Benteke

Value: £30m

The Belgian striker only arrived at Anfield several months before Klopp but it appears that had the former Borussia Dortmund manager had any say in it, he probably would have stayed at Aston Villa.

Having said that, the Belgian did not have the worst season at Anfield, scoring nine goals in the Premier League, making him the second-top scorer behind Roberto Firmino (10 goals). However, he simply doesn't fit into the system Klopp is trying to implement.

Liverpool are lucky to be selling at a time when a club like Crystal Palace, who will most likely not challenge them for a place in Europe, can afford to pay £30m for him. Leave it another year and it is likely their losses will be far greater.

Verdict: Sell

Mario Balotelli

Value: Who knows?

What more can be said of Balotelli? The controversial Italian arrived at Anfield two seasons ago for £16m and even then was considered an unnecessary risk from the club's transfer committee.

He scored one goal in his single season at Liverpool and was hardly more convincing on loan to AC Milan, where he had previously shown his best form. Although the indoor fireworks and training ground bust-ups appear to have disappeared, so has the on-field spark that so many people believed in.

With wages of £90,000-a-week, it is hard to see Liverpool getting rid of the Italian without some substantial compensation package on offer. Balotelli could well hang around for the last year of his contract and make the most of what is likely to be the biggest deal he will ever get again.

However, keeping him around could prove disruptive and it may be best to cut their losses and move on, regardless of how big they may be.

Verdict: Sell

Lazar Markovic

Value: £10m

Signed in the same season as Balotelli, Markovic was the result of a spending spree inspired by the sale of Luis Suarez. Liverpool did not beat around the bush when negotiating for the Benfica wonderkid, agreeing a £20m fee without fuss.

However, despite this, Rodgers never gave Markovic a fair crack, starting him in just 11 Premier League games before sending him on loan to Fenerbahce. Having had just one season to adapt to a new league and a new country, it was an odd decision.

His time in Fenerbahce was marred by injuries meaning if Liverpool were to sell, they couldn't hope to sell for anything like their original outlay. He may need work but he has time and talent on his side.

Verdict: Keep

Luis Alberto

Value: £4.5m

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is another star who Klopp has not had a good look at yet. Alberto was loaned out to Deportivo last season. He spent the season before that on loan to Malaga meaning, three years after signing, his Premier League experience remains at a minimum.

Klopp is unlikely to give much time to a man who originally cost £6.8m but it is understood he will get the pre-season to try and impress. With Philippe Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum to compete with, his chances aren't looking good.

Verdict: Sell

Andre Wisdom

Value: £3m

The man who was given his Liverpool debut by Rodgers appears to be on the verge of joining him at Celtic. It would bring an end a turbulent spell since breaking into the Red first-team. 

The 2012/13 season threatened to be his breakthrough year with the then-teenager starting 20 games for the Reds across all competitions at full-back. However, he has started a grand total of two in the proceeding three campaigns and none in the last two.

Instead, he has been sent out on loan, enjoying fruitful spells at Derby County and West Brom. However, his most disappointing campaign came in 2015/16, when he played a bit-part role for relegated Norwich.

Wisdom has, unfortunately, not hit the heights originally intended for him and signings like Joe Gomez and the potential Ben Chilwell from Leicester suggest the club have moved on.

Verdict: Sell 

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