Jurgen Klopp’s 2016/17 Liverpool squad beginning to take shape

21.02.2016


Jurgen Klopp has already begun making his mark on the Liverpool squad ahead of his first full season in charge.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after his side's 1-0 victory over Stoke City during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As time to prove themselves for the inherited group ticks down, Klopp has started to look towards his first full season in charge.

Moving early to begin assembling a team in his image for the commencing of his Anfield revolution with the long-term signings of Marko Grujic and Joel Matip, the Reds boss has got straight down to business.

The recruits have indicated how Klopp plans to take Liverpool back to prominence, and though more work is required, the German’s ideas are formulating nicely, setting up a much brighter future.

 

Finding Physicality

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

For too long Liverpool’s squad has lacked balance between skill and steel.

There is undoubted quality in the Anfield ranks but the current group lacks metal, are bullied out of games and whimper to defeat too often.

Klopp himself has watched Liverpool’s technical superiority brushed aside when in physical battles against the likes Watford, Newcastle and West Ham – no doubt prompting his work to address the imbalance, adding much needed aerial presence and power to compliment the easily derailed quality.

Making gifted, powerful 6”3 midfielder Grujic his first signing, then adding 6’2″ Steven Caulker temporarily, and securing 6”4 Matip for next year, Klopp clearly sees the weaknesses in the squad he inherited.

This is confirmed by his comments on Matip:

“He’s a real centre-half. He is physically strong, a really tall boy – taller than me! It doesn’t happen too often that I have to [looks upwards].”

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Matip, along with tall and technically sound Grujic could help form a new, hardened spine giving Liverpool toughness and aerial dominance which Klopp highlighted was needed upon Caulker’s arrival.

“We want to play good pressing, we want to press the opponent and so they have to play long balls. If they play long balls, you need people in the last line who can help you with headers.”



Having seen his side struggle to compete at times, Klopp has taken full notice of English football’s relentless physical nature and has wisely started supplementing flair with robustness for the 38-game footballing war that is the Premier League.

 

Returns & Additions

KINGSTON-UPON-HULL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against Hull City during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Before revisiting the transfer market, Klopp already has some ‘new signings’ to introduce.

Out with injury since his appointment, talented Joe Gomez will return – who Klopp will quickly discover boasts huge potential – while Danny Ings, whose work-rate, movement and cool finishing could see him thrive, is also due back to offer a suitable and sorely missed alternative to Daniel Sturridge.

There is also real excitement surrounding the homecoming of Lazar Markovic, who was undervalued by Brendan Rodgers and ridiculously sent to Fenerbahce, and there has always been a sense of frustration from Klopp that he hasn’t been around.

Anticipation is high over what the German can unlock from the 21-year-old’s vast potential and having lacked width, pace and directness in the final third to compliment the intricacy of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and co. Markovic could provide another attacking option.


The returnees add quality but numerous further additions must arrive – despite Klopp dampening expectations of a busy summer – with attracting proven class to Anfield his biggest task

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 24, 2015: FC Barcelona's players line up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. Back row L-R: goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Signing a worthy first choice goalkeeper, one such as Marc Andre Ter Stegen, is vital. A complete midfielder in Granit Xhaka would improve Liverpool’s spine – and provide that physicality that’s too often missing.

Klopp says he doesn’t need another forward but is targeting a winger – “We have enough strikers – five with Roberto (Firmino) – but not too many wingers, just a few young ones with great potential.”

Adding a quality, pacey wide man such as Schalke’s Leroy Sane, plus genuine competition for Alberto Moreno, Liverpool would be perfectly prepared for a strong 2016/17 campaign.

That’s four signings; a keeper, a midfielder, a winger and a left-back.

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Outgoings Needed

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 21, 2015: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Manchester City during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For new players to arrive, exits are needed, and Klopp has a heap of dead wood to shift.

Matip’s arrival should signal an overdue end to Martin Skrtel’s Anfield career, while Lucas should be moved on with the infectious but ageing Kolo Toure – ridding the squad of underperforming high earners in the case of the aforementioned duo.

Perhaps the Reds can convince a Chinese Super League club to invest some of their limitless cash in Mario Balotelli, while other returning loanees like Luis Alberto and Andre Wisdom must prove why they have shouldn’t be sold.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 9, 2016: Liverpool's Christian Benteke looks dejected after missing a chance against West Ham United during the FA Cup 4th Round Replay match at Upton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There’s no better time to sell Christian Benteke despite his £32.5 million move only a year ago with the Belgian not in Klopp’s plans and still likely to fetch a decent sum from a club convinced could maximise his attributes.

Freeing up as much resource as possible for Klopp to continue overhauling a below-par unit is as big a priority as any with it fundamental to quick progression.

 

Catalyst for Progress

30.04.2011, Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, GER, 1.FBL, Borussia Dortmund vs 1. FC Nuernberg, im Bild die Dortmunder Mannschaft feiert Dortmunds Trainer Jurgen / Juergen Klopp (GER) und wirft ihn hoch, er ist na? von einer Bierdusche, EXPA Pictures (C) 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Scholz ****** out of GER / SWE / CRO / BEL ******

Success in English football comes with finding the perfect mix between talent and brute force as all recent successful sides have illustrated.

Arsenal’s invincibles complemented Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg’s flair with an exceptional but dominating spine of Sol Campbell, Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieria through to Thierry Henry.

Chelsea’s rise to something from nothing has been built on reliable powerhouses geared for the toe-to-toe battle assisting skilful game-changers, from Petr Cech to John Terry to Didier Drogba, with the likes of Claude Makalele, Michael Essien and Nemanja Matic in between over time.


And Man City enjoyed their first title for 44 years in 2012, with stalwarts Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Nigel De Jong and a prime Yaya Toure assisting David Silva and Carlos Tevez to win the league.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 22, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the first goal against Rubin Kazan during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have been disproportionate in this regard, which Klopp has taken no time in addressing.

Establishing the balance with more incoming quality will provide Liverpool with the platform to finally improve.

If Klopp can continue to add steel and supplement it with extra class he may just build a side that ensures the good times return.

 

Potential LFC 2016/17 Squad: New GK, Ward, Clyne, Flanagan, Matip, Sakho, Lovren, Gomez, Moreno, new LB, Can, Henderson, Milner, new CM, Grujic, Lallana, Markovic, Ibe, Coutinho, Firmino, Ings, Sturridge, Origi.

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  1. Another anti skrtel article ,well i suppose if every article tries to blame him for lfc,s defensive woes it takes the heat of sakho
    Just one question to all the TIA writers who want skrtel gone but gush like love struck schoolboys over sakho
    When all the centerbacks where fit who was the one that klopp picked every time??

    • Skrtel is a CB who takes risks and people don’t like that but think he has a choice. Rodgers left us a very poor defensive unit that has been holding Skrtel back from being effective. When a person has to cover for other people not doing their damn jobs it can bring the person in the crosshairs when things don’t work out. He has his limitations and is getting old but I’d have him over Sakho any day

      • It’s not that skrtel takes risks, is that he always backs off when someone runs at him with pace. That’s his biggest weakness which holds him back from being a top quality centre back. He helped foster the martial is the next Henry Ford myth and ill never forgive him for that!
        Seriously though, not sure who coached him into that but it’s too late to coach him otherwise

        • He doesn’t have pace anymore. Do you expect him to foul the opponent? Like I said, the defense needs to be an effective unit in which other members help cover the others’ weaknesses. Skrtel is slow and that’s his weakness but his aggression is unmatchable right now with what we have. Lovren has been encouraging this season as well but doesn’t have that raw power Skrtel does

          • He’s always backed off from players running at him though. Its not a pace thing, I don’t think he’s particularly slow for a cb. It’s just the way he defends. It’s why he excells vs Costa and struggles vs lukaku/bolasie/martial etc

          • Yes its partly his style and partly a pace thing. All CBs have their own style and some have to rely on the other CB/Full backs to run into pacy attackers while they go back to provide essential cover. That is a risky move because it can show you in a negative light. I’ve noticed that Skrtel always ends up being disappointed at either the keeper or the other defenders. When he moves back, the others have to help stop the counter attack but too often he ends up looking like the bad guy just because Sakho decided to head the ball but it landed on the opponent’s feet or Lovren decided he was suddenly Cristiano Ronaldo or Moreno thinks he’s a winger. That Skrtel own goal for example (don’t remember the opposing team) shows his mentality- not afraid to take risks. Ended up looking like the bad guy just because he decided to put his body on the line. Not saying Skrtel isn’t error prone but when Sakho does it he’s termed as a beast even though the latter’s one of the most clumsy defenders I’ve seen in an LFC shirt.

            Bottomline is I don’t have confidence in any of our defenders except Skrtel and Clyne. They get slack sometimes because they try different approaches. Reminds me of Agger- had his limitations (injuries and sometimes ineffective) but played his heart out and its a shame he was part of such a poor defensive unit. Rodgers left the defence in such a mess that it will take some time for it to clear off.

        • If you notice all our CB have backed off in games not just Skrtel mainly because no one is offering any protection to our CB. Teams on the counter attack run straight through us hence our CB backing off.

          • Well with the way we have conceded goals since Skrtel has been out of the team it makes no difference if anything it’s got worse! Especially from set pieces.

        • Martial is the next Henry claims were going well before that goal. And it was one goal ffs…I know Skrtel has his weaknesses but when compared with Sakho and Lovren’s performances in the red shirt, they seem to have plenty to work on their game as well.

        • Oh come on that happens to everyone at times. I can remember Carra being embarrassed by the real Henry at least twice. Haven’t looked at stats, but would guess Skrtel’s are better than Lovren and Sakho.

        • No idea, mate. But the idea of us having to field a strong side despite a League Cup final on Sunday pi**es me off.

          • for the tv money the club should have told bt to get stuffed ,lots of people will have to finish work early a lot will have to work half a day

          • although it does mean they get home easier. It can be a right pain getting back late if you’re not driving which you don’t want to do if it’s any distance.

            mid week fixtures are always a pain regardless of KO time.

          • Doesn’t mean we’d play a weakened side. Its just that they’d be a lot more relaxed had we won the first leg 2-0 or even 1-0. But as things stand, we’ve far from secured EL round of 16 which means anything can happen on Thursday that may or may not impact our chances of the CO cup

        • I was expecting the away game to be at 6 not the home game. Can’t remember us ever playing at 6 before at home in Europe?

    • Skrtel has been out of the picture for 2 months and our defensive performances have not improved with Sakho leading the defence, if anything Toure has had to be our leading defender since Lovern and Skrtel have been injured.
      Sakho is spoke about being a General, Colossus and a Beast of a defender but when has he given those performances since Skrtel has been injured?

          • More rubbish man city where after skrtel for double more than double what any one thought sakho was worth a few years back
            $9 million was the best bid for sakho even though rodgers would have let him go
            no other club thought he worth much maybe they did not like the fact that he walked out on his club before the derby

          • Shame that when a person is loyal to the club and doesn’t demand more money all the time unlike some mercenaries he is termed not good enough to play for other clubs. Same with Agger who Barca were interested in but decided not to leave due to his love for the club.

          • Skrtel and lucas get a lot of blame from the rodgers brigade its there way of trying to make out rodgers did some good at the club
            Rodgers spent over 100 million on the defence and made it worse than when he took over

          • Skrtel/Lucas would ideally be in a squad role at a top club. Not starters but having essential experience and contribution towards the club’s success. Not their fault that instead of bringing in quality players, Rodgers bought rubbish that’s not worthy of the shirt. Which is why they get so much blame if they underperform. Same with Gerrard. Got a lot of slack for being poor during his last seasons but now everyone’s crying for him to come back. Should have still been at the club and mentored his successor in a limited squad role.

          • what about the keeper and all the fullbacks
            pepe agger and skrtel where better players than we have now
            enrique was decent when rodgers took over he was a scapegoat for rodgers as where most of kenny players

          • +9mil + 24.5mil – still comes to about 78mil. With that being said though don’t you think Clyne and Moreno were necessary additions to the squad? Surely we couldn’t continue with Johnson and Enrique uptil now and they’d have to be considered upgrades.

          • no way was moreno worth the money clynes half decent but not a top full back ok at defending offers little in going forward
            saying that moreno half deceent going forward but clueless when it comes to defending
            i would take the defence rodgers got given over the one now any day

          • Really? So you would take Glen Johnson and Jose “U-21 team stalwart” Enrique over Clyne and Moreno? The part you’re talking about defending with FBs is a slightly different matter…that comes down to a question of playing philosophy..modern game seems to favor the attacking FBs more than the ones who only know how to defend. Put another way, it’s what they can do with the ball and the runs they make that are more valued then their defensive attributes.

          • yes if it meant i had pepe over mingolet agger over lovren and carragher over sakho i am sure a dent manager could have improved the defence with the money rodgers spent

          • GK and CBs are separate issues though. You made the point about the full backs…yes it’s true that Moreno hasn’t been a massive success but to think that Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique could still do the job at LFC at this time is a bit ridiculous. Rodgers has long gone and Klopp is the manager now but Jose still isn’t being picked for any matches or part of the subs bench.

          • Yup…Agger was also the subject of interest from Man City..and that interest was far more genuine than Skrtel’s. I get that Skrtel has his limitations but on current balance of play neither defender at the club have really carried themselves with high standards. Actually Toure is probably the one defender who has on basis of his limited appearances.

    • Klopp picked skrtl and sakho…hmm so there goes your conspiracy!! In fact,klopp said after the crystal palace game when sakho got injured that he’d rather lose 4-1 then losing 2-1 and losing sakho in the process!!which made sense,sakho was the best centre half in the league on form at the moment in the season!

        • See there’s where you’re wrong,just checked the lineups from spurs all the way to the crystal palace game!sakho was in it every single time!you probably don’t have a good memory,so may I just inform you,sakho was the BEST centre half on form from the day klopp arrived to the crystal palace game,it was for about a four week period!!then unfortunately he got injured and was out for two months,since his return he hasn’t been the same since!!

          • just because you say he was the best it does not mean he was
            i checked many match rating from independant sites and skrtel was nearly unanimously voted better than sakho in nearly every game
            and the injury excuse is beyond pathetic now
            a for the palace match he was having a total nightmare till he went off

      • Klopp also said after the Leicester game at home “take a knife and kill me” after Lovern’s and Sakho’s passing into the midfield which was causing counter attacks.

      • in your opinion it does not make it a fact
        we will see where sakho is in the pecking order when they are all fit

    • I think our CB’s in fact all our defensive problems/frailties are down to them having a lack of confidence caused by the useless Mignolet! Until such times as he is replaced we will continue to have shaky CB’s and defences. You can argue the toss all day and night about Sakho, Skrtel and Loveren and Uncle Tom Cobbly as well they need a solid keeper so they are less inclined to c*ck up.

  2. That potential 2016/17 squad looks too similar to this season’s. Ings & Origi aren’t good enough backup, & selling either Lallana, Hendo or Milner would boost the budget too.

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    • If we sign 2 or 3 top notch players, we should be winning the league at a canter.

      I’d be happy with a few players at the level of Klopp’s version of potential, I have faith it’ll be better than the last 3 years.

      • If we do buy 2 or 3 class players, dont forget it’s going to be another transitional season, lots of deadwood will be off and a few other ‘young/potential’ signings will be coming in. Just because we sign world class players, it isnt a given for us to win anything, especially when ever one else will be upgrading. We may go up a few notches, but so will everyone else, especially with next seasons TV money.

  3. Potential Squad looks a little underwhelming to be honest. We will have to see who they bring into finally judge the situation.
    But personally I think if you sell benteke then we need a quality striker.
    Also our midfield doesn’t look too good to me. Milner Lallana Henderson can under-perform every other game, same goes for Ibe and Can.
    Markovic and Grujic have not been tested well on english turf.
    hopefully if we can get a good strong player with leadership qualities which can drive others along. We really need a strong leader and sadly hendo is not the answer.

  4. Smith and Stewart could well be part of the first team squad, plus another winger and another striker are also needed. No way can we go into another season relying on Sturridge being fit. Ings and Origi are good players but aren’t first choice quality.

  5. I would definitely say we need a GK, LB, CM and quality Winger, and maybe if the right deal comes up a striker. With Klopp in charge I can’t see anything but him trying to make the right deals happen, he’ll be cautious in who he tries to bring to Anfield since he can sense weak mentalities from s mile away. The biggest issue with this squad is definitely mentality and “steel”, add some much needed power amongst the flair players such as Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge etc, then you have a good mix. I’m excited for the summer because it’ll be interesting to see who comes in and goes out!

    • We don’t need a lb,unless we somehow can get a Ricardo Rodriguez,which will never happen!!let Smith and Moreno challenge for that spot!!we have enough strikers on the books,we need to get rid instead of signing more!!I’d rather let us get s top notch winger and cm,and if we get a seller for lallana,a creative number 10,like ozil…max Meyer seems perfect,bit would cost us a fortune!

      • We do need a lb Smith and Moreno aren’t consistent enough, we need at least one other consistent stiker for when Sturridge gets injured again, we need a quality winger regardless, and personally I think CAM is the position we’re strongest in with Coutinho Firmini, I would sell Lallana no matter what, get whatever we can for him he’s disgustingly average.

        • Firmino is a striker from now on!!with him we have 5 strikers on the books!!if we sign another one it will be six,it’s not good to have so much strikers on the books,things will get toxic,ask city!!what lb are you proposing?considering he needs to perform good on a consistent bases,it sounds like he will be expensive!! There’s not alot of good lb’s in Europe,so when ever someone appears that seems decent like luke Shaw a couple of years back,the price goes up to 25-30 mil!!and frankly,that’s what we need to pay to get a consistent performer!

  6. I don’t agree that LFC will be perfectly prepared as long as there’s no natural born leader and skillful captain on the pitch. I have no doubt that Hendo is a good man and probably a great guy outside the pitch, but IMO he seems like having more than enough focusing on his own play. Also the captaincy gives him an unfair license to play all the time, as he is only an ok squad player for a top team in my eyes.
    When you have a look at all the great captains in the great history, and the impact they’ve had for this club, this is a difficult situation and must be a dilemma for Klopp.
    Hard to think that any top signing will go straight into captaincy as well. I don’t know if Matip is a leader. Big, big dilemma this one.

          • Rates him above Coutinho/Firmino? Then the 3rd position behind the striker would be rotated between Ibe/Markovic/Lallana/a new winger.

            See the problem?

          • No to which?
            If you don’t rate him higher than Firmino or Coutinho then he can’t have the armband if he’s not starting most games.

            If you don’t see the problem then there’s a totally different issue.

            You don’t give the captaincy to a guy that will be a “squad player” and not start most games.

            So Klopp needs to get his players in the summer and then decide what his ideal starting 11 is and pick the captain from there.

          • No I don’t see a problem clown-face. He will start most games. When available with no nicks he’s started most games under Klopp. Proper teams need a proper pool of players. Lallana is a proper player who makes any top team stronger. Like I said, Spurs would integrate him in a heart beat. Why am I surrounded with such folly and stupidity. I don’t like always being right but it’s hard not to be in such company!

          • WOA Queen Elizabeth i did’nt know you were a Liverpool Supporter and used TIA to comment this posts

      • I would to he can tackle head gets stuck in when we lost 6. 1 to stoke he lost the ball and stood still Gerrard ran from thirty yards behind him to tackle the stoke player who took the ball he’s needs to go at the end of the season we’ve had twenty years of players like him

    • Good to see someone with open eyes that can see Henderson is not worthy of the captaincy, or being first name on the team sheet due to it. Ordinary at best IMO.

          • But it does tie into the captaincy argument. You say he’s not good enough candidate for it, most would agree, but at the moment do you see a better one? As for booted out of the team, most would disagree on that bit. Depending on his performances and the consistency of his performances it’s toss up between starting XI and squad player at the moment.

          • He has been under-performing since he came back from injury but I wouldn’t write him off just yet.

          • All 3 good choices but neither are standout players in the team either. Toure doesn’t play regularly.

          • Woah there buddy – you’re now looking for “standout players”? Where have you been, we don’t have any.

          • Exactly my point…Henderson was awarded captaincy on basis of his performances last season. Then he got injured and is now struggling to come to full fitness and form. Since there are no standout players, hence there are no standout options for captaincy.

          • Agree on Toure. Skrtel is my first choice. Also, captain dont need to be standout players. Just need to have passion and challenge refs

          • I’d pick Milner over Hendo for captaincy though I think Hendo is the bettter player. Only good thing abt Hendo being captain was he used to play everytime. Now its not a given anymore.

          • Well based on TIA all 3 are likely to be out the door so if you want to believe that there go all of your suggestions :)

          • Yeah, i dont get it. Hope to see all 3 of them nxt year. But Toure leaving wont surprise too much

  7. Good potential squad for a start though I do think Jurgen will still keep Skrtel for his experiences. There’s always fans that would prefer klopp to sell everyone and buy their team from championship manager but this team still need time to develop together with the right budget. In kloppo we trust.

  8. inaki williams (can play RW and ST)
    LB – ? long as he’s cheap and experienced
    GK – ? should pay over 20mil cause we need a world class keeper
    CM – Xhaka.
    From sales we should easily make 60mil.
    We’ll probably end up spending around 70mil.

    • Is the midfield full? Allen looks like he’ll be moved on, Milner is not particularly good in there, Henderson is struggling, Can is still quite raw and Lucas is fairly limited in what he can offer.

  9. We need a goalkeeper and a left winger. Two top quality players. And after that I wouldn’t get anyone else unless we are absolutely sure they are a huge upgrade on the previous player. Have to stop buying in bulk.

    • Agree,sign a top quality keeper and winger,and a ball playing midfielder,which in my opinion is crucial!you can’t expect to score goals with with two runners in your midfield like can and hendo,you need Pjanic and gundogan to deliver those killer passes!!get these three players,then I think we can challenge!!

        • Well we don’t have an out an out left winger either. I thought your post was about players we need to bring in….? Don’t quite get your reponse

          • My point was, if we had to sign one winger I’d rather a left side winger. At least we have two right wingers, they may not set the world alight but they’ll do over having zero on the left.

          • For me it’s right winger. I think Coutinho is best on the left cutting in and then a direct, pace right sided man to compliment this. He was brilliant in that position against Villa and on many other occasions. Only problem with a fit Studge is he might look a bit isolated with him drifting from side to side, leaving the box empty. With Firmino more of a presence in behind him, I feel, along with Klopp, that that is the ideal roles for them to play. I also believe that Markovic prefers left midfield and he would be a great option for either side.

      • We have Lallana and Markovic to cover the left, whereas Milner and Ibe on our right.

        It is the right side for me that requires attention, Ibe’s lack of direct running and dribbling/wing wizardry is concerning me.

    • Agreed. We can’t afford to have yet another season where the new signings take their time to “settle in”.

      • but we also cant afford another season of 6-10 average squad players. Klopp did exactly the same in his first summer with Dortmund too.

        Cleared out the deadwood and brought in potential,ready made quality and strong players. We have to trust him. Not his fault that most of our squad isn’t good enough.

    • We need a world class goalkeeper. I can’t help but feel that a WC goalie is as important to the team as a WC striker.

      • Pre christmas I was in the Mignolet is a good goalkeeper he’s just having a few wobbles look at his shot stopping. Then he stopped stopping shots.

        We need a WC goalie.

    • Klopp agrees with you. He recently said that signing 7 players in a single season is excessive in his opinion!

      • Mahrez is better than Gotze.. I’d go all in for Reus, Wenger wants to bring him to Emirates, wants a Sanchez-Ozil-Reus combo behind a striker, we can’t allow that..

      • If Leicester win the League and stay in top four next year.If Mahrez performs well and he achieves similar assist and goals Liverpool won’t be able to compete for him.

          • Lallana has no passion. I don’t see goals or assists. Same goes for Milner all he did was stop texiri and Stewart from using this season to get experience. I really can’t see how getting a player from Man City reserves on such high weekly pay was a good idea. I feel Mahrez will only get better. .. just my opinion.

          • You have to think past what they’ve done for us & hope they can replicate the form they’ve previously shown at other clubs soon. Maybe after a good pre-season with the right manager, they can.

  10. I’m done With this season. Hoping we can pick up a trophy next week. The squad is over rated and unbalanced. I have little faith this squad can get particularly far in the Europa League ormuch higher up the table

    I like the look of Matip and Gruchic. Hopefully another keeper and one more midfielder.Sounds like Klopp knows what he needs. The last few seasons there appears to have been a FIFA esque tactic of hoovering up expensive players who may or may not work out.

    Clear our the crap and onwards and upwards for next season

  11. I don’t know if Caulker stands any chance of staying or not, but he does look comfortable on the ball, maybe he could be played in DM and see how he gets on, if he does really well then he could move permanently to LFC, he’d certainly add height to the side.
    A winger is a must buy for me, a player who can really stretch a defence, pulling defenders out of position and so creating chances for himself and others to score goals.
    One thing’s for sure regardless we HAVE to score more and on a consistent basis too, it’s no good scoring 6 against one team then none against the next, that’ll get you no more than 4 points from a possible 6 at best.

    • So the entire squad it is then!!ffs,people like you are id*ot!!you can’t get rid of the entire squad and sign another squad in just one window,especially three players who is regular in our back four!!unfortunately,this is not fifa,this is the real world!

      • So I am an idiot for suggesting LFC offload proven inadequate footballers? The fact Rodgers bought plently of them is irrelevant.

      • As a concept I believe that you are wrong. If we bought Messi, Naymar, Suarez etc – you see where I’m going then this would surely work. The problem is money (obviously) not the amount of players. What’s happened in the past is that Liverpool have tried to buy lots of players but without enough money behind them which means that the incoming players are cheap / poor.
        So a boat load of top players would work, a boat load of dross would not.

        • Do you think liverpool is in the position to spend 200 million on 6-8 good players?no!!so my point is,this guy above wants to get rid of alot of players,which frankly can’t happen!!

  12. Unless we can get a genuinely good lb,like Ricardo Rodriguez,which seems really unlikely considering the price good left backs go for these days,I don’t see the reason why we need to sign another lb with potential!!! Save millions and keep Smith as backup!

  13. The only senior players we should definately keep are: Clyne,Flanagan,Can,Henderson, Firminho,Sturridge and Couthinho. Ibe,Origi,Ings,Gomez,Smith and Llori should also stay as developing squad players. The rest should go.

    • So we need to sign 3 cbs, goalkeeper , a whole midfield ? We need stability. Not a new team. Sign 2-3 top quality players not wholesale changes

        • No, I’m saying build on the foundations. Signing a whole new team doesn’t help. We’re not going to buy 7 top quality players, if we sign 7 players they’ll be average/potentially good . We’ll be worse of than we are this year.

          • The 7 seniors and 6 developing players I said we should keep are the foundations you mention. We would then need 1 new Keeper, 1 CB, 1 LB, 1 CM, 1 Winger and 1 Striker, all top class. That’s 6 new signings which could make a world of difference.

  14. 70% say new keeper. … quite damming i’d say….. also i do think we need another striker,… benteke needs to be sold, cant rely on sturridge and personally i dont think origi is good enough (atm) ive high hopes of ings and he will prove to be a good signing .

    • Sturridge is so good he is just about worth the risk. Origi is young and developing.
      As for Mings, I’ve yet to meet a Liverpool fan who thinks that he is a good, nevermind top goalkeeper. Still mystified by that new contract.

    • I would say that is because he has got to watch a few of our youth players and feels that they can step up the next season. We will be playing in four competitions so we do need a good squad.

      • fair enough, but i thing we still need senior DMF, i dont wanna imagine the defense handle by hendo, can, and milner.

    • I’d like to see Emre Can settle into the DM role, playing him along intelligent partners who know that he will occasionally bomb his way towards goal. If Allen stays, and I hope he does, I would play him as a CM where he has been so effective lately. I think the whole squad would benefit from knowing where Can will fit into the picture and we can start developing a rapport.

      I know Klopp favors a 4-2-3-1, but I’d like to see a 4-3-3 for the rest of the season more or less like this (fitness permitting):

      Coutinho-Sturridge-Firmino
      Allen-Can-Henderson
      Moreno-Sakho-Lovren-Clyne

  15. I feel like TIA’s pushing the Skrtel out narrative every chance they get recently. I don’t think our CB issue is a particularly simple one at the moment. A case could be made for and against every CB we have in the team at this moment. Sakho and Lovren have had their share of car-crash moments over this season and the last and their injury records aren’t the greatest either. Some fans keep saying Skrtel is limited, but there are so many times he’s stepped up to the plate last season and been a reliable figure with his performances. Toure seems to be the easy option to pick out but based on his performances of late, even he can make a case for himself.

    One thing all of us can agree on though is that we need a new GK. Could do with an upgrade in CM and add a winger as well. Whether Grujic is up to that task already we don’t know at this moment.

    I would agree with the article that we could do with upgrading/more options in 4 positions – GK, LB, winger and CM.

    • Yes, I believe there is a different problem in our defense and not all of it is because of lack of quality. They have been playing in that position for most of their professional years and they possibly could not have all forgotten how to defend set pieces. Could be a lack of communication with the goal keeper or even a tactical approach which doesn’t suit them.

    • Yeah I was about to post the same thing. Skrtel is a great defender, although sometimes yes he has been turned inside-out but it’s not entirely his fault, every defender can be made to look silly if there isn’t sufficient cover.

    • Skrtel is 31, one of the highest earners at the club, past his prime years and very unlikely to be a starting CB next season as Sakho-Matip looks almost certain under Klopp.

      It makes more than just sense to sell him now while he retains some value.

      That’s not an agenda, that’s logic.

      • Skrtel will benefit greatly with additional help from Matip in defence but I don’t see Sakho improving a great deal. This is his 3rd year and he’s far from being convincing despite being younger. Has he shown any improvement during this time? Perhaps he has but no way near what he should be showing. His passing has improved but he still gives the ball away easily. He is clumsy and even when he doesn’t make apparent mistakes he ends up costing goals indirectly. Apart from an occasional good performance that you lads blow out of proportion each time, he does nothing to suggest he’s capable of being here long term.

        Your bias is apparent. Yet again you say Matip-Sakho is the way to go without backing this up with reasonable argument. Where’s the logic in that? So what if Skrtel is 31? That tells me he is way more experienced. Error prone sometimes and slow? Yes. Worse than Sakho? Hell no. Ideally we’d have Matip with another top CB with Skrtel and Gomez on the bench with either one of Sakho or Lovren. Skrtel’s a much better squad option than the latter two.

        • Sakho is a weird one. He looks world class at times so that a game later he can look like some of my sunday league mates.

        • Sahko AND Lovren biggest issue is consistency. Sahko takes a while to get back form injury, looks great but then gets injured again and back to square 0.

          Unfortunately you can’t build a defense around injury prone CBs. Ferdinand and Vidic were rarely ever injured same for Terry and Cahil.

      • No, in the case of TIA Skrtel OUT is the agenda. There is no logic there. Unless if someone believes the club desperately needs to sale, which I believe is not the case. Feel free to admit its TIA’s agenda… Similar agendas were pushed against Pepe…

      • If the issue really were as simple as one about age, then sure, we should just get rid of Toure and Skrtel no questions asked. But plenty of defenders show a greater level of maturity as center backs in their 30s. You talk about retaining value, how much money are we really going to get from selling Skrtel? My guess is best case scenario it’ll be 4-5mil if that even.(unless he’s going to China).

        And to the best of my knowledge, both him and Sakho earn nearly the same amount of money. Skrtel was said to be getting offered 90kpw based on number of appearances. I agree that Sakho and Lovren do seem like better options to continue on paper but the reality is their performances haven’t exactly been stellar either. Especially Sakho since coming back from injury.

        Which leads me to the point that you also seem to be overlooking the fitness issue with Sakho and Lovren.

        • I agree one could argue to keep/or get rid of any of our CBs based on what you mentioned :performance, age, fitness. But I think what is missing is Klopp. Can these CBs do what Klopp will require of them? I don’t know but if Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Toure cant play in the style that Klopp wants he should get rid of a few of them (within reason – unless he has more CBs lined up to replace).

          • And that’s ultimately what it should come down to really. Good point made..maybe I was missing that POV. If you go on that basis of that high intensity pressing then I doubt a case could be made for Kolo. But Klopp keeps mentioning that that is not how he expects his teams to play all the time. They seem to be more highlight reel moments.

        • No matter how hard you try to put forward your opinion, its “Skrtl OUT and Sakho a definite starter” for TIA……
          Save your energy bro

      • And then who do we have that’s a backup? I doubt any 24-27 yr old quality defender will want to sit on the bench,Why not Skrtel? Him,Lovren, Matip, Sakho is not bad 4 cd’s for Klopp…unless Klopp wants to sell him. That’s all that matters.

      • How older is Skrtel compared to Koscielny or Mertesacker?

        And if that is the logic, why is Milner in your lineup? He is also past 30 and earns even higher wages…

      • Would be unfair to dismiss him on the basis of being 31 and one of the highest earners at the club. We have called for experience and in Skrtel, we have all the experience required. Assuming that Skrtel, Toure and Lucas leave, who will remain to provide the much-needed experience?

      • Oh…The Sakho love-in continues. What makes you think that Sakho is a certain starter? Have you been watching our games lately?
        Also, what makes you think Klopp won’t go into market for another CB?

    • Agendas aside I agree it’s difficult to choose between our centre backs. It ought to be easy to choose Lovren/Sakho over Skrtel/Toure, but that’s purely going by age. Neither Sakho or Lovren have been consistently good enough and are injury prone. Lovren was the worst defender in ligue 1 before having a good year at Southampton.
      I’m almost inclined to say keep Skrtel and Toure as back up and bring in another centre back to partner Matip as first choice.

    • Agreed no one would be sorry to see Lovren sakko skrtel leave they are all piss poor I’d keep ilori Gomez and the new lad to partner. Either one of them the other three have had their chances

    • Well whatever u say Skrtle is getting on and we all know there are better out there surely. Mings,God knows I’m his biggest fan but he’s let me down this season. We need to get better. A keeper with a presence. Lucas, allen Jao alot of players need to move on. For different reasons ofc but what we do need is at least another goal threat In the team. Alex tex was a great option( we should try again in the summer if we can). We also watched Tottenham sign erikson and then Son, not to mention alderwierld. Players we tracked for ages but never took a chance on them. Since they joined spurs look how they’ve improved. But no use crying about it. We need another goal threat in the team possibly from the wing and a complete midfielder like xhaka and an improvement on allen and lucas. I suggest aurier too ( if u forget how daft he is) he’s a very good footballer.

  16. From my perspective here in Germany there would be a good goalie available in summer. Ron-Robert Zieler. If Hannover relegates from the Bundesliga he will be available for around 2 Mill pound. According to german “Kicker” he is Top 5 Player by notes.
    But I think Jürgen won’t buy another Goalie.
    Other players here in Bundesliga: Ilkay Gündogan, Sebastian Rode and maybe Götze (if Ancelotti doesn’t count on him). Good available wingers I dont see in the Bundesliga itm.

  17. Midfield looks pretty one-dimensional at the moment. Lack of creativity and slow build-up bores me to death! Not convinced Markovic is the answer and we should be looking for a dynamic, creative type such as Kante or Payette.

    • Markovic won’t be the answer in midfield, since he doesn’t play there !!

      Can’s inexperience & Hendo’s injury aren’t helping.

      Xhaka could be the answer but I wouldn’t mind seeing how Grujic, Braanagan & Rossiter do next season.

  18. Ill be giving Adam Lallana the marching orders. Almost 30million (ok he is english) but if this is the peak for him he is sorely under performing for an attacking midfielder.

  19. Can someone point me to a justification that Markovic is “undervalued”? The only place I saw him play at all decent was as a wingback. Having another winger with pace would be useful to add to Ibe and Ojo, I suppose, but I don’t see this “next Ronaldo” thing happening.

    • You don’t buy a promising youth player for 20mil and then loan him out the next season. Just not a done thing.

      • Absolutely agreed. I find it very hard to imagine that there was not something going on behind closed doors on that one, because it is completely nonsensical on paper. And why the Turkish league? How does that develop him?

        • Not a fan of his attitude tbh, seemed to throw his toys out of the pram. Fine, you’re not picked, but knuckle down and you may be.

          His comments when he’s been in turkey haven’t filled me with confidence either.

          I’m willing to accept him back with open arms as long as he attempts to prove me wrong.

  20. Well mass exodus is necessary. But no mass influx unless an until we bring players that improve us since day one.

    • This is how I operate playing Fifa. Get rid of underperformers with low ratings, build up my cash, and buy CL level players to go on and win the league. Not sure if reality works in the same way.

      The time for this would have been summer 2014. But after bringing in so many players for two seasons, I think we need to stabilize a bit. If we were going to bring in a host of Galacticos, which some people think will happen simply because Klopp is here, I’d say fine. But I think we will – and should – keep most players and add 1-2 top level players.

  21. Klopp tried to sign Tiexiera, so you know for certain he will bring in a new Striker.
    He has all but made an official approach for Ter Steggen, so that problem will be addressed.
    There has clearly been contact with Granit Xaka, so take it that a dominant CM will come in. Klopp has bemoaned the wing situation, so one of them will be a priority.
    He has already signed a CB, so what does that tell you about what he thinks of the 4 senior one’s he currently has?
    You can see him have a heart attack every time Moreno is out of position and he doesn’t normally like short players in his defence, so it would be a surprise if he didn’t sort that.

  22. A midfield of Henderson, Can and Milner is just not good enough. How many of the teams above us would want ANY of them – and we’ve got ALL of them.
    The article asks for a new left back, not too sure why, Moreno very hit and miss but Brad Smith is looking good and Joe Gomez did well there before his injury.

    • Joe Gomez did good? While he was strictly decent in defending (a few faults, but that’s a given because of his age), he absolutely offered nothing in attack, due to he being right footed. No effective crosses or shots! He’s a CB. Period.

    • Joe Gomez is a center back; what we saw early this season was Brendan playing yet another player out of position. It can be argued that he did do well there, but he’s not a natural LB. With Smith, perhaps, the thinking is that he’s a bit young to immediately offer stiff competition to Moreno. That being said, LB shouldn’t be the no. 1 priority.

    • The media is afraid to say it, so the focus is always away from the CMF. Moreno, Mignolet, Sturridge injuries, etc……….but you sir are 110% correct. That trio will never get us more than a EL place.

  23. Somehow I still think that with a good preseason we might not need more than 2-3 new players. We’ve seen glimpses of what this squad is capable of and at the same time we’ve seen frustrating displays in different areas that need to be addressed. Injuries seem to be the major problem this season and with a fully fit squad with a full preseason under its belt this should no longer be an issue. A good preseason should also contribute to the fluidity of our game, pressing, passing, running etc. A GK, a winger and maybe LB, that’s it. Sell some dead weight and fill in the gaps with the youngsters.

  24. Kolo had a huge carreer and he’s 178 cm tall,just as Puyol… Cannavarro and Baresi 176 cm.Height alone means nothing if you lack positional sense.

  25. I’m not convinced about Markovic as the wide option to provide enough assists or goals therefore we’ll need a better wide attacker.

    Expecting the 18 yr old Grujic to hit the ground running is a bit optimistic therefore we need a high quality Midfielder who can control games e.g. Gundogan.

    New GK is a must.

    New LB? Means you have to sell or loan either Smith or Moreno. Not sure if that will happen unless Klopp really doesn’t rate Moreno.

    Possibly a striker.

  26. I dream of us getting Suarez back in 2 years. I would shed a tear if that happened and Stevie as the assistant to Klopp.

  27. Add Lallana & Milner on the exit list w/replacements & I’m in agreement. Ibe gets another go – but would be headed out the door and replaced by Ojo w/o any immediate improvement. Henderson and Can also need to show immediate improvement or they to can be cut.

  28. Everyone saying Sakho is no better than Skrtel clearly doesn’t know what Sakho brings to the defence. In the air he’s way better than Skrtel. Doesn’t get bullied as often by the likes of Andy Carroll. Sakho also starts off a lot of our attacks as he’s ALWAYS trying to play incisive balls that got through a midflied that is forever passing the ball backwards to him. That’s why he it appears like he gives the ball away often, cause he’s looking for the more difficult pass rather than just passing sidesway and backwards like Skrtel. How often does make important blocks and last ditch tackles as well. Skrtel is too limited. No passing range, gives away the ball as often as Sakho just not hightlighted. Pretty overrated in the air and gives a lot of needless fouls away. The only thing in his favour apart from his longevity at the club is the fact that prior to this season he wasn’t particularly injury prone but at 31 how many injury free seasons can we expect. I wanted us to keep Agger over Skrtel but he survived. He shouldn’t survive Matip. If we can get a top GK or if we give Ward a chance to be that top GK, a Matip Sakho combination will thrive. Lovren and Gomez backing them up. It would be great if we could get a DM like Xhaka. He’d come deep and receive the ball from the CBs relieving them occasionally as well as being able to cover ground, make tackles, make long range passes and challenge effectively in the air. If we could get someone like him, push Can to a box-to-box position (which i think is more natural to him), we’ll have a balanced midfield.

    • Skrtel hasn’t played in the last 2 months and the defence has got worse when plenty were saying Skrtel was the problem!
      West Ham beat us 2-0 Carroll scored, Klopp doesn’t want the CB playing dangerous balls into the midfield because the defence can’t handle the counter attacks, Sakho has been found wanting with high balls even allowing the ball to bounce which has led to goals!
      Sakho has made more mistakes in these last 2 months then Skrtel does in a season.

      • What about the season when Skrtel was fully fit and breaking own goal records? You want to blame Sakho for our poor defence when most people know that the first culprit should probably be Mignolet and looking at the time of season when our admittedly poor defence was at its best was when we had a partnership of Lovren and Sakho for e.g the Leicester game at when we kept a clean sheet even when Vardy was rampant. I admit Sakho takes a while to find form after his injuries but I will definitely dispute your claim that Sakho makes more errors than Skrtel. It appears him being out has all of a sudden Skrtel a better defender. When we had Agger and Carragher we were better at the back. We’ve had many injuries at the back, a pretty lackadaisical goalkeeper and a midfield that often provides no support to our ragged defence so I don’t think it’s fair to lay this at the feet of Sakho. Also, you say Klopp doesn’t want those passes but tell me, who’s supposed to play them cause you’ve witnessed even against Augsburg, our midfielders only want to pass sideways and backwards. Or are we supposed to knock it around at the back until we lose it and get countered? Sakho is not in good form now, but he certainly is better than Skrtel. And he provides leadership which is something our team currently lacks. As evident by the fact that PSG made him captain at 21

        • Because Skrtel was scoring the og on purpose? OG are mostly bad luck!
          Sakho has shown next to no leadership in the last 2 months and it was the home game against Leicester where Klopp said he didn’t want CB playing into the midfield. Skrtel captain’s his country.
          Personally I don’t want to see any of our present CB or goal keeper with Matip next season.

          • OGs are as a result of poor positioning or one being unable to read the play. Both are not qualities of a top CB. Skrtel scores goals I’ll give that to him too, but let’s also not forget that Sakho plays on the side with Moreno so not only does he have to defend his side, he also has to cover for our marauding left back.

            I would respond to your top CB comment by saying that top defences are built on top partnerships rather than individual good defenders. Skrtel, in my opinion, is an individual good defender. I actually thought he had his best performances when we had back 3. Wes Morgan and Robert Huth aren’t individually great defenders but collectively they form a solid unit. I believe Sakho and Matip can form a solid unit for us. Of course I could be wrong, and I’m willing to hold my hands up if I am. But put a good DM in front of them with a good GK behind them and I’m certain we’ll see a good thing. We all want the same thing here!

            To be honest regardless of who is at the back, i’m sure we can agree that they’re not being helped out by Mignolet.

          • OG are bad luck Skrtel has put his foot in and the ball has deflected in if he hadn’t attempted the block a forward would most probably have knocked it in anyway.
            Sakho has scored 1 goal since he joined us must be one of the poorest defenders we have ever had for attacking set pieces in the oppositions area can’t ever remember him getting his head on anything and I can’t even remember the goal he has scored for us.
            Sakho also picks up to many injuries. I thought he was looking laboured in his running back on Thursday.
            Klopp needs to start afresh in the middle of the defence.

        • The question I have for you is this: Would you say that Sakho is one of the top ten centre backs in the Prem? He isn’t- so why should LFC build the future around him when the likes of Robert Hoof can outperform him.

  29. I’m surprised grujic is getting hyped so, actually no I’m not. We’ll have to wait and see, same with Matip.

    So bearing in mind the mess BR made changing an entire starting 11 over 2 seasons, how about just 3 more transfers from now until the start of next season?

    My 3 outgoings would be:

    1. Mignolet
    2. Allen
    3. Ibe

    – Straight swap for better players in respective positions

    What would your top 3 outgoings (and in comings) be?

  30. So the captain of Liverpool is ok? Well i think differently. I think this is a key position and Henderson is far away from what means Liverpool captain.

  31. Just going to ignore the fact Migs signed a new deal in Jan?! Like it or not, he will be in our squad next year at the least

    • This would not be a problem. The problem is that Klopp said he is good and his position is not in danger. This is something. I would not have said anything about him, but for sure not that he is so good.

  32. I am nearly sure ter Stegen will stay with Barca. But it is a good Italian keeper and good Germans too, so we can buy if we want. In my oppinion the new kkeper will have an oppinion about Skrtel, Matip, Sakho or Lovren. And pity that Texteira did not come, he is a Suarez type of player. The Chinese will enjoy his goals for sure.

    • Teixeira is not a Suarez type player, Suarez is unique and the best striker in the world that’s why he can’t be compared with a 27 years old uncapped brazilian.

  33. Should we ship out Lovren, Lallana, Allen and Sakho? We could probably raise quite a lot of money and I feel they represent the failures of the previous regime.
    I don’t feel any of these players have contributed enough and we’ve been able to sign similar quality or better on free transfers and sub 10m deals.

    • Exactly…that would be the other way of looking at it won’t it? I don’t get the deal with TIA’s logic about getting money from selling off Skrtel. At 31 years of age, we’d be lucky to get 4-5mil off of him.

      However, let’s assume we do end up selling all the 4 players you mentioned – it seems like we could end up getting around 45-50mil for them. I wouldn’t be in favor of such an extreme measure here. Letting go of 2 from those 4 players seems realistic.

      • It does sound drastic doesn’t it? However if we kept Lucas, Skrtel and Toure, plus sign another centre back a proper winger and a decent midfielder, it suddenly seems plausible. I think when you turn the argument on its head, it’s hard to argue what any of these players have contributed to the club or to have much hope they can contribute in the future.

        • Lallana and Allen sure – you could say they haven’t been influential enough but on the flip side, they are good support players and know how to play the game tactically. Sakho and Lovren, well that would be a bit more drastic though..like I’ve already mentioned in an earlier post, you can make a case for and against all our central defenders at the moment, all have their plus and negative points. Still think Sakho’s considered the most talented of the lot and perhaps rightly so…before this slump, the kind of passes he initiated from the back I haven’t seen in any other. There’s a reason the Anfield crowd has warmed up to him and sing his name. That doesn’t happen by itself.

          • I’m not arguing that strongly that all should go, but I think they should be considered, as I feel they haven’t done enough and all have had time and opportunity to do so. We can’t expect them to suddenly do other than what they’ve done until now.
            I’m not sure about the Sakho singing. That seemed to happen after a few good games at the beginning of the season and sure he’s capable of passing well at times. However has he done that consistently in his time at the club?
            I remember watching us take apart Dortmund in a pre season friendly and thinking Lovren was another Hyypia!
            With Lallana my main concern is that Milner looks like a better version of him. With Allen he doesn’t seem to have anything outstanding about him compared to our other midfielders.

          • The flipside to this argument though is that many people don’t want to see another major overhaul in the squad since this means lesser stability. The general consensus seems to be that almost every player in the squad is expendable. Barring say Coutinho, Sturridge(although his issue is one of injury), Firmino, Gomez, Ings, Origi, Clyne and Milner,Hendo,Can(not a consensus this to keep but IMO all three should be kept) you could make a case for getting rid of any player just as you can to keep.

            I do agree that Milner is now coming out as a more useful and versatile option compared to Lallana. He does the dirty work, but he also offers so much more and can play multiple positions and I suspect Klopp, like all managers, likes him a lot.

            Btw Sakho chants was not just a one-off. Kop doesn’t sing your name unless you perform on a continual basis. His first season he got injured a fair bit but showed a lot of what he’s all about. Second season at the start, he did have some terrible performances but then went on to finish the season very strongly and was always pulling off the more difficult passes from the back. That is a skill should not be underestimated IMO since he wasn’t just passing to his neighboring players, but in many occasions split past one line of opposition – some very difficult angles but he never seemed to get those passes wrong. I would say he’s experiencing his poorest spell at the moment but even before this injury, he was bossing it.

            Like I said, center back is a tough tough decision to make and one that Klopp will have to think about a lot of factors when making it. I doubt another CB is coming in this season or the next. Gomez definitely looks quality and one for the future…Ilori looked decent in those 2-3 matches he played but I’m guessing he’s not LFC or Premier League material, even though he looks quite talented. In other words, I doubt he’s going to be 4th choice CB next season. So many decisions to make there!

  34. We have so much dead wood! I just hope we can sell most of it in the summer. There is clearly no future for at least ten players at the club.

  35. I don’t think we will see much of the current squad in two years thankfully the Chinese league is open we can get rid of nearly all of them

  36. The problem there is to give Lallana captaincy he needs to be on the pitch regularly.

    With Ibe, Coutinho, Firmino, Markovic next season plus anyone else Klopp may want as he said he wants a winger Lallana will be a squad player so he’s unlikely to get captaincy.

    I sense he’ll stick with Hendo pending injuries/fitness but there’s also a chance one of the new guys get the armband instead.

    • He’ll be on the pitch regularly – not saying he will be captain but he’d be one of my choices for that position. A healthy and regularly available Hendo should remain as captain but if not Lovren, Sakho and Lallana strike me as the only other realistic candidates.

      • I’m just not seeing it, If Klopp prefers Phil and Firmino and gets a winger as he’s been saying he wants, or Markovic comes back and steps up, Lallana will be making mainly sub appearances.

        • Love the way Markovic, a guy most of you were slating a year ago, is now our saviour. Don’t get me wrong, I rate him and hate the knee-jerk intolerance of young and new players, but on what basis can we be so certain Klopp rates Markovic over Lallana?

          • I never said saviour but he is faster and more direct than Lallana is. That guy frustrates the hell outta me with his million Cruyff turns and little to none end product.

            One thing we do miss up top too is guys willing to put their bodies on the line to score. Our front 4 are for the most part too nice and soft, they won’t stick a boot in.

            Too many times have we done simple passing and no end product. I’m not saying it’s all Lallana’s fault but I’m just throwing in an example of Markovic sounding like he’s the kind of player Klopp would prefer.

            Heck for all we know he will buy a winger anyway which puts Lallana further down the pecking order.

          • Don’t disagree with some of that but, as per point about him being a winger, see my comments above addressed to that clown Anibal. Also not sure you can draw such conclusions about what Klopp “prefers” as he’s played him pretty regularly.

          • Lallana shouldn’t be used as an out and out winger – never was his game. He’s taken one for the team and not complained as others have about playing out of position at times.

      • ”Hendo should remain as captain but if not Lovren, Sakho and Lallana strike me as the only other realistic candidates.” Our most incosistent players for captaincy listen to this guy XD

  37. he is planning to win with ibe, moreno, no new wingers apart markovic who doesnt score either + no smith. Cool

  38. Lallana isnt even going to get on the team sheet now,with coutinho,firmino and sturridge as our front three,yet you want to make him captain!!

      • Nah,he’s got nothing to offer,ain’t saying milner is any better,that open spot should definitely get a proper replacement,and that replacement should have peace and lots of it!!lallana is slow adds nothing in the final third and regularly p#ss#s the ball away or slow down our attack with his 1 million extra touches!!

        • He will learn and come good. He can be more efficient with the ball but I’m confident he has it within him to develop and be a star.

          • He is not an 18 yr old kid.. He is what? like 27 or so…

            If he hasn’t learned by now, rather have him learn all that elsewhere….

          • Why don’t you fukc right off. Are you stalking me you freak??replying to a post of two months ago??fukc me !!are you that desperate??you lost the argument that day,and now that klopp (million times the manager of rodgers) have improved what was initially shyte players thanks to rodgers,you’re replying to try and prove point??are you on drugs or something. Or are you just sick in the head??if so,make sure you check yourself in correctional facility…what a m*ron. Where’s you’re mate rodgers now anyway??haven’t seen any job offers coming his way… you sure he is as good as you say he is??

          • Dude, easy. You’ve misunderstood me. Peace brother. You’re one of my favourite posters!!

          • You still angry? Anyway, the world is a happy place today – glorious May weather, a final to look forward to…how things down there? Fans excited about the final?

          • I’ve returned to south Africa yesterday. It tbh,its quite cold here . Much colder then previous years. But it’s the start of the winter here so that’s why.?

          • Spent on lot of time in your lovely country – particularly down around Plett in Keurboomstrand. Achingly cold water but stunningly beautiful. And always a Red’s fan around to watch a game. Hoping Big Ben nets a couple today!!

  39. Taking shape ? this article jumps the gun.

    no significant move has been made Matip signing is good but far from the highlight of whats really needed. the other guy can be a hit or miss nothing signals that he will walk in.

    No confirmed departures of targets just pure speculation….@thisisanfield:disqus you can do better than this article.

  40. I agree with most of this except Skrtel. He has been a warrior for us from day one and his good performances have far outweighed the bad. The big issue here is the back four have no confidence in the man behind them so are under more pressure to perform. We must replace Mignolet with a decent no. 1. and give our backline confidence to play. Also Smith should start ahead of Moreno.

  41. hope im not the only one that think this squad is nowhere near good enough? so you have the same team as we have now but recalled markovic and added two youngstars in grujic and matip? with an additional midfielder and a keeper? not even a top 4 worthy squad, need atleast 4 world class players, a striker, a winger, a CDM and a TOP keeper

  42. Not convinced we need to ditch too many players to be honest, at most, we should be looking at maybe Balo if we can get a good price for him and one of Bogdan and Mings.

    It’s very very important we don’t bring in too many players too fast. We need to stick with what we’ve got with some careful additions and ensure our playing style is bedded into the team.

    Next summer is when the max exodus should happen, not this one.

  43. we should throw all the overpaid and chronically injured players and collect money to bring in 2 or 3 world class proven players..looking at the transfer gossips we can build a young and energetic team under Klopp who’ll save lots of the club’s money by improvising and implementing more of the academy (kirkby) graduates. If I was Klopp, I’d just be bold as him and not fear the nagging british media and create a team of competence as following players with lotsa returning loanees as well:-
    Strikers: Firmino, Ings, Origi, Awoniyi
    Wingers: Sane, Markovic, Gotze, Ibe, Ojo, Kent
    Attacking mid: Coutinho, Luis Alberto, Allan Rodreguez
    Central mid: Xhaka, Can, Grujic, Rossiter, Branaghan, Stewart
    Fullbacks: Clyne, Moreno, Smith, Flannaghan, Wisdom
    Centrebacks: Matip, Sakho, Subotic, Ilori, Gomez
    Goalkeepers: der Stegen, Ward, Bogdan

    Its essential to have kirkby graudates around most preferably liverpool locals who will give 110% in every game and help maintain the spirit!!

  44. Thanks for reminding me about Luis Alberto. He seems to be doing well in Spain, playing regularly for Deportivo la Coruna. He’s featured in ten games so far in 2016, scoring three goals (five in 19 league games overall this season – not a bad record for a midfielder). At 182cm he’s not that small either. Question is, would he get in the way of the development of such as Brannagan and Rossiter? Would like to see the young lads get more game time next season, Klopp’s good at that.

  45. A goal keeper and a defensive mid – both proven quality. No more kids, starlets or whatever you want to call them. Get a bus and load it up with those whose time has come. Bring back Lazar, Alberto and a couple of the young blokes. Give Benteke one more season. Two new signings. Invest big. No scrimping.

  46. …………………….stegen……….
    clyne….mantip……….shako………moreno
    …………………..emre can……
    ……henderson…………….cautinho
    …………………….gotze
    ………….firminho……hernandez

    sub

    mignolet
    subotic
    lovren
    flanagan
    markovic
    grujic
    steward
    origi
    ings
    sturridge

  47. My squad for next season –
    New 1st choice keeper, Ward, Fulton
    Clyne, Flanno, Randall
    Moreno, Smith
    Matip, Sakho, Lovren, Gomez, Ilori, Jones
    New Def mid, Can, Hendo, Milner, Grujic, Rossiter, Brannagan, Stewart, Allan de Sousa, Chirvella,
    New Winger, Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Ibe, Markovic, Ojo, Kent
    New Striker, Sturridge, Origi, Ings
    Selling Migs -10m, Bogdan – 1.5m, Vigouroux – 0.5m, McLaughlin – free, Enrique – free, Skrtel – 7.5m, Wisdom – 4m, Toure – free, Polgar – free, Lucas – 8m, Allen – 10m, Williams – 0.5m, Luis Alberto – 5m, Teixeira – free, Trickett smith – free, Benteke – 15/20m, Balotelli – 12m, Yesil – free, Dunn – free, Sinclair – Tribunal
    Gets rid of a lot of dead wood and gives Jurgen a lot of resale value, plus whatever FSG hands him in the Summer as well. Just my opinion though!

  48. So basically we need to offload 21 players, expect those coming back from loan/injury to prove themselves capable of being first team regulars and that our new signings are world class and require no settling in time. Sounds like we are perfectly set up for the year ahead.

  49. Everyone is dreaming if they think there will be a major clear out. Firstly that would be a disaster. Klopp will build slowly, upgrading all positions. With Matip and Grujic he will only bring in 3 max 4 other players. Markovic, Gomas and Ings will be like new signings. Toure, Enrigue, Allen, Bogdan, Migs (more in hope than expectation) and Balo and some of the youngsters and players out on loan will be the only ones to go. Players like Lallana, Lovren (not so much) and Benteke will have to gel next year. Milner is an interesting one, high wages for a work horse with experience, will he keep him on the wages and not an automatic first choice? Lucas will play with the kids in the cup comps and be solid back up unless we get a good offer.

  50. Christ almighty can anybody not state their opinion on a certain player without everyone and their dog screaming “BIAS” and “AGENDA”. Has It occurred to those claiming TIA have an anti skrtel pro sakho ‘agenda’, that perhaps you have an anti sakho pro skrtel agenda? Or that no one has any agendas, only differing opinions? You know, opinions? Those things that are essential to opinion articles like this one and their ensuing comment sections?

  51. Close, but no cigar, I’d say no to a new left-back and central midfielder considering we’ve got Brad Smith, Kevin Stewart, Chirivella, Cam Bran, and Ross the Boss coming up through the ranks. There’s a case to be made for keeping Skrtel, if only as an experienced head in the dressing room who can put in a solid shift when needed like the role Kolo plays at the moment (our first-choice partnership should either be Matip and Lovren or Sakho and Matip, though there really needs to be someone in there to really give the orders and marshal the defense, which Sakho hasn’t really shown he can do, though we’ve seen Lovren play that role very well sometimes). A new goalkeeper is an absolute must but I’m really worried that Mignolet will stay for whatever reason Klopp likes him, I’m banging the drum for Loris Karius or Bernd Leno but who knows if it’ll actually happen. I’m going to take a guess and say Alex Teixeira won’t have the best of times in China, and I wouldn’t rule out another try at signing him. I’d personally sell Benteke, but I’m not sure if Klopp will actually do it. At the very least, he’s done better than Balotelli and Caroll did in the same situation.

  52. Klopp said he’s not going to bring in a ton of players so maybe 4 signings and LB is not a priority at all . GK I like ter segen DM xhaka winger Lucas moura or yarmelenko

  53. This is a speculative article which lays the way for a good discussion over a few pints. I think we do need more steel and height in the squad, definitely a new proven goalkeeper is the most needed acquisition. Can see a few of the youngsters being off loaded more so than the likes of Lucas, Milner or even Allen. Two or three more to come in with six or seven departing, those departing will do so in the main because they will want regular first team football and Klopp probably won’t stand in their way.

  54. As we love to make lists and all that. Here’s my hope for the next campaign:

    Ter stegen
    Clyne Matip Lovren Moreno
    Hendo Gundogan
    Yarmolenko Firmino Gotze
    Sturridge

    And as a backup:
    Forster
    Flanno Caulker Sakho Smith
    Can Strootman
    Markovic Coutinho Origi
    Ings

    And the U21-team:
    Ward
    Randall Jones Cleary Maguire
    Rossiter Chirivella
    Ojo Brannagan Ibe
    Benteke (not a U21, but our 4th striker, or 5th if you want Firmino there)

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