Ibe on loan, Markovic to stay, Karius as No. 1 – Liverpool supporters discuss summer plans

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As Jurgen Klopp builds his squad for 2016/17, supporters have had their say on who should and should not feature.

The German has already made big changes on Merseyside this summer, with Marko Grujic, Joel Matip and Loris Karius coming in and Jose Enrique, Jordan Rossiter and Daniel Trickett-Smith among those to leave.

The likes of Martin Skrtel and Christian Benteke are likely to depart during the transfer window, as Klopp moulds his squad for his first full campaign as Reds manager.

As ever, supporters have been debating the big issues ahead of a busy summer, with the futures of Jordon Ibe and Lazar Markovic among recent topics broached.

 

Don’t Sell Ibe, Loan Him Out

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe celebrates scoring the first goal against Stoke City during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ibe’s standing under Klopp diminished as the 2015/16 campaign went on, with the winger’s 18-year-old team-mate Sheyi Ojo often adopting his role as impact substitute in the closing months.

This has led to reports that the Reds could look to sell Ibe this summer, with Watford and Southampton among the clubs interested in signing the former Wycombe Wanderers man.

But when asked whether Liverpool should sell Ibe, keep him in the squad or loan him out for further experience, supporters called for a temporary move, with 56 percent of the vote.

Only 11 percent voted to keep Ibe in the squad for next season, however, with the remaining 33 percent happy to see the youngster leave on a permanent deal.

 

Markovic to Stay After Fener Loan

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 27, 2014: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against Everton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Markovic did not enjoy the most fruitful of campaigns on loan with Fenerbahce in 2015/16, spending much of the season on the treatment table as hamstring injuries recurred.

The 22-year-old is believed to have been offered the chance to remain with the Turkish Super Lig side for another season, but with Klopp in need of quality on the flanks a return to Merseyside is on the cards.

Liverpool’s failed bid to sign Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich could see Markovic’s fortunes improve, and when asked whether the former Benfica star has a future with the club, 83 percent of supporters backed him to secure a long-term role.

Markovic was forced to pull out of the Serbia squad for this summer’s friendly fixtures due to injury, however, suggesting that a summer in the company of Klopp’s medical staff may be required.

 

Karius to be Klopp’s First Choice

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Karius’ arrival from Mainz saw the 22-year-old German cut a confident figure, taking the No. 1 shirt and proclaiming that he was looking to take Simon Mignolet‘s role as Klopp’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Klopp’s move to add another goalkeeper to his ranks suggests that he is not totally convinced of Mignolet’s ability, and Karius could well find himself between the sticks at the start of the season.

A remarkable 74 percent of supporters voted for Karius to take up the role of Klopp’s first choice, with only three percent opting for Mignolet.

Karius may need to prove his worth during pre-season, however, and 23 percent took a measured approach, waiting to assess the shot-stopper’s credentials over the summer.

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