Potential Ins and Outs at Liverpool

Liverpool had a dream run into the Finals of the Champions League last season. Nobody could have predicted that they were a side capable of getting a berth to compete for the most coveted trophy in club football. Klopp has developed a devastating offensive system that is free flowing and lethal. They lacked in defensive fortitude despite the midseason signing of Virgil van Dijk. Now armed with one of the best center backs in the world – the mighty Dejan Lovren – Liverpool look to compete for silverware once again. With Alisson and Naby Keita reinforcing and replensishing this roster; this looks to be the most talented side the Reds will field since the infamous 2013-14 team. All things considered, this is a very deep side though there are still some area that Liverpool need to strengthen while players might look to leave in search for a greater role.

Daniel Sturridge: He spent the first half of 2018 on loan with West Bromwich Albion. Aside from experiencing what it was like to live in the Midlands, his short spell at the club did not help his case for a bigger role. Klopp will still view him as an injury-prone and inelastic player who cannot fit within his dynamic and harmonious attacking system. He blossomed under Brendan Rogers who know coaches Scottish side Celtic. He formed a deadly partnership with Luis Suarez as they two found success together as they nearly led Liverpool to a maiden Premier League title. Since that season, Suarez and Sturridge’s luck has left. He’s struggled to play back to back games as one by one, his different parts of his body begin to fail him. Roberto Firmino’s reliability and his willingness to play a deeper role have rendered Sturridge as an unwanted surplus. While he does maintain a proficient goal scoring record, his health will always be of concern for Liverpool and any other interest club. He should leave the Merseyside for another club though his suitors are few if any.

Danny Ings: He joins a whole host of Liverpool forwards who have been plagued with injuries. In his three seasons with Liverpool he’s managed only 25 appearance and has scored four goals. Ings has shown that he can be a competent striker in the lower divisions of English football during his spell at Burnley. Still only 25, his best years are still ahead of him. Klopp has assembled a squad that is simply overflowing with attacking players of a higher quality. He is resourceful – showing that he can be a goal scoring threat both in and around the box while also playing with his back to the goal. All of this is well and good though he simply lacks the killer instinct of being a center forward at a top 4 club. He can be a handy player for other Premier League side as he will simply be too low in the pecking order to gain any meaningful minutes for the Reds. He could be a player of the future for Liverpool but right now, it is best for his career if he were to leave on loan or be sold to another club.

Divock Origi: Klopp simply cannot get rid of every striker they have not named Bobby Firmino. At this point in time, Origi is the striker with the least injury concern who can be a reliable backup for the Brazil forward.  He has not been able to show his best under Klopp and is yet to pull a string of games together where he has started at the out-and-out striker. He has shown that he is dependable when called upon as either a substitute or when needed to start to odd game. Origi is a tall and powerful player who is an aerial threat. He is known for irritating defenders and forcing them out into leaving their defensive lines. He is two-footed player who can poach goals from the 6 yard box though he does not offer much from outside the box. He will stay for at least the 12 months unless he receives a better contract from another club or if Liverpool buy another quality forward.  

Adam Lallana: He’s staying. No discussion required. He had a torrid spell under Brendan Rodgers and now under Klopp, Lallana has established himself as a vital cog in a well oil machine. He missed much of last season with and was unavailable for all but 13 games. Versatility is his strong suit as he can play on either wing though he has most featured as part of a midfield three. He has a long-term future at Liverpool though the idea of him going out on loan so he can rehabilitate and get some meaningful minutes under his legs is not ludicrous. 

Loris Karius: He’s definitely going. A few months ago he had established himself Liverpool’s number one despite a multitude of nervy performances. Now, it is hard to imagine that even be Klopp’s third option in between the posts. Regardless if his performance was affected at all by a Sergio Ramos elbow to the head, he’s categorically diabolic during the Champions League Final. Even before than ill-famed night in Ukraine, Karius did not inspire much confidence of being a goalkeeper for a top tier team. Liverpool needed a starting goalkeeper before, and with Alisson arriving, Karius is all but packed his bags. Fans, players, and Karius himself will all have the events of Kiev in their minds. Everyone will question the assurance that he can be a reliable backup to Alisson. He has to go for his own good.

Simon Mignolet: The Belgian keeper will remain on with the Reds. He his technical ability and confidence is not much better than Karius’ though he’s much more collected and poised when in goal. He’s the default to choice whenever Alisson is unavailable. He’s competent is what he is. By no means is he a starter for any of the top four Premier League sides who he should find it fairly east to be the number one for most of the other teams in the England. 

Alberto Moreno: Andrew Robertson is a fantastic young fullback with the sky being the limit for how he can get. Composure and assurance is an under talked about quality and Robertson brings both qualities to the field; day in and day out. He brings in hard work and dedication to improve his craft and he has shown to be amongst the best young fullbacks in the world. He’s already a good defender and he shown strides at improving in his attacking game – particularly with the quality of his crosses and passes. No question that he will be the left back that Liverpool will feature for the next decade. With Alberto Moreno, nobody has any idea what he can bring on a game to game basis. He just about makes it into the Liverpool squad as a benchwarmer who gets brought on if Klopp as no other options. He play a game or two. He stays in this Liverpool squad until they are able to sign another left back or his contract runs out.  

 

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