Deadwood, loanees and youngsters: 21 players who will leave Liverpool this summer

This summer promises to be a fascinating one for Liverpool in the transfer market and we take a look at a long list of Reds players who look set to move on in the coming months.

While much of the focus will understandably be on Liverpool’s incoming signings, there is plenty of deadwood to be disposed of.

Whether it be young players or experienced faces, there are a host of squad players and reserves whose futures lie away from Merseyside, and they will join Jose Enrique, Jerome Sinclair and Jordan Rossiter on the exit list.

We have taken a look through the Reds squad and found 21 players who are highly likely to leave, whether on loan or permanent deals this summer.

High-Profile Names

Martin Skrtel

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 15, 2016: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel waves to the supporters after the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion during the final Premier League match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Skrtel fell well and truly out of favour in 2015/16, with Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure all ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order by the end of the campaign.

The 31-year-old is a certainty to leave Liverpool this summer, following over eight years at the club, and Joel Matip‘s arrival adds further competition at the heart of the defence.

Skrtel has been linked with moves abroad and to fellow English clubs, and a new challenge will benefit both him and Liverpool.

Kolo Toure (out of contract)

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Liverpool's Kolo Toure in action against Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although Toure’s Liverpool future doesn’t look quite as bleak as Skrtel’s, is still seems hard to see him in a Reds shirt next season.

At 35, his best days are behind him, and Klopp should not be relying on someone his age to be playing at the top level fairly regularly.

With his contract up and no new deal forthcoming, Kolo looks set to depart Anfield.

Joe Allen

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 8, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Watford during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Allen came of age this season, following a few years of below-par performances and plenty of criticism, and many supporters are now desperate to see him sign a new deal at Liverpool.

The 26-year-old wants regular first-team football, however, and Klopp will struggle to guarantee him that next season, especially with no European football on offer.

With Marko Grujic officially joining next month there will be even more competition in midfield and Allen will likely feel that a move elsewhere makes sense.

Christian Benteke

SWANSEA, WALES - Sunday, May 1, 2016: Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal against Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having joined for a whopping £32.5million from Aston Villa last summer, Benteke proved to be a disappointment on Merseyside last season.

The big Belgian never looked a good fit under both Brendan Rodgers and Klopp, with his style of play suited to a more direct team.

With Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings all preferred to him in attack, and potential new faces coming in too, Benteke is a dead cert to be plying his trade elsewhere in 2016/17.

Mario Balotelli

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When Balotelli arrived under Rodgers in August 2014, it felt like a panic buy, and he never looked the part at Liverpool.

The controversial Italian spent last season on loan at AC Milan, where he again flattered to deceive, and he is set to return to Anfield this summer.

That stay will be short-lived, though, with Klopp clearly seeing him as no part of his future plans. He’ll leave again – whether anyone will take him permanently or the club will be forced to accept another loan move is the only question.

Fringe Players

Adam Bogdan

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 20, 2015: Liverpool's goalkeeper Adam Bogdan warms up before the Premier League match against Watford at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fans weren’t exactly delighted by the arrival of Bogdan last summer, and he showed that he wasn’t good enough for Liverpool, making high-profile errors against both Watford and Exeter.

The Hungarian was deemed surplus to requirements by Klopp by the end of the season, with Danny Ward second-choice behind Simon Mignolet, and the signing of Loris Karius means he definitely has no future at the club.

Brad Smith

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Liverpool's Brad Smith in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although Smith put in some eye-catching performances at left-back when deputising for Alberto Moreno, an upgrade was always needed in that area.

With the likes of Ben Chilwell and Jonas Hector linked with moves to Liverpool, Smith is highly likely to leave the club this summer, whether on loan or a permanent deal.

The 22-year-old needs to be playing regularly and has already said he’s open to a loan move away, perhaps David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town would be a possible destination.

Andre Wisdom

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 20, 2012: Liverpool's Andre Wisdom in action against Reading during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers sent Wisdom on loan to Norwich last season, but he only managed 14 appearances in a forgettable spell at Carrow Road.

The full-back is unlikely to make the grade under Klopp and his time as a Liverpool player will come to an end in the next few months.

Would make a decent signing for a Championship side pushing for promotion.

Tiago Ilori

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

We finally got to see Ilori in action for Liverpool this season during the FA Cup run but his lack of playing time thereafter indicates Klopp doesn’t see a future for him at Anfield.

At 23, he needs to be playing football. A permanent move or season loan will be best for club and player.

Luis Alberto

OSLO, NORWAY - Wednesday, August 7, 2013: Liverpool's Luis Alberto celebrates scoring the third goal against Valerenga during a preseason friendly match at the Ullevaal Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alberto was another who was not seen as part of Rodgers’ plans last summer. He enjoyed a productive loan spell at Deportivo this season which will boost his value.

At 23, the Spaniard needs to playing first-team football somewhere and that simply won’t happen at Liverpool.

Joao Carlos Teixeira (out of contract)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Liverpool's Joao Carlos Teixeira in action against Fulham during the Premiership match at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Teixeira is in a very similar position to Alberto, and at 23 years of age as well, he should not be sitting on the substitutes’ bench, or not even being part of a matchday squad.

The Portuguese has shown that he is a talented footballer, but he is not close to reaching the level of the Reds’ rich array of current attacking midfielders.


Danny Ward

SWANSEA, WALES - Sunday, May 1, 2016: Liverpool's goalkeeper Danny Ward in action against Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having impressed on loan at Aberdeen in 2015/16, Ward returned to Liverpool in January, with Klopp an admirer of the Wales international.

The 22-year-old has bags of potential, but with Mignolet and Karius both at Anfield next season, his playing time will be extremely limited.

He’s already been linked with a season at Huddersfield, which would be beneficial for him.

Jordon Ibe

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 15, 2016: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against West Bromwich Albion during the final Premier League match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Many supporters had high hopes for Ibe at the start of the season following some decent performances in pre-season.

The youngster has gone backwards in the last six months, however, and there are now genuine doubts over just how good he is.

It would be a potential error to simply sell Ibe this summer, but sending him out on loan could give him a new lease of life.

Sergi Canos

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 15, 2016: Liverpool's Sergi Canos in action against West Bromwich Albion during the final Premier League match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 19-year-old is highly thought of at the club, and he was adored by Brentford fans during a successful loan spell at the Championship club last season.

Admittedly, Canos may end up never quite making the grade at Liverpool, but it would be an error to sell him permanently this summer.


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Big things are expected of the 19-year-old Brazilian, but he is still very raw and needs to get more first-team football under his belt.

A season away from Merseyside, as was the case in 2015/16 – he spent time with Finnish side Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho and Belgian team Sint-Truiden – is also needed in order to aid his work permit application.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Taiwo Awoniyi

The Reds’ highly-rated young striker was at Frankfurt last season but featured very little. More top level action elsewhere makes sense in 2016/17.


Lawrence Vigouroux

Lawrence Vigouroux

Vigouroux did well on loan at Swindon Town last season and a permanent move to Wiltshire has been mooted. Liverpool will sell while he retains some value, with his contract up next summer.

Ryan McLaughlin

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's Ryan McLaughlin during the Under-21 Friendly match against Morecambe at the Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

McLaughlin turns 22 later this year and there is no chance of him ever breaking into the Reds’ first-team squad.

The Northern Irishman would benefit from leaving the club he has been at since 2011, in order to further his career. He recently posted on social media about leaving his city centre apartment and a new home beckons for him next season.

Jordan Williams

ANFIELD, ENGLAND - Friday, August 22, 2014: Liverpool's Jordan Williams before the Under 21 FA Premier League match against Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The versatile 20-year-old had a season-long loan at Swindon last season but missed most of the campaign due to injury. He needs some football next season and a loan or permanent move away will happen.

Jack Dunn

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Liverpool's Jack Dunn in action against Shamrock Rovers during a postseason friendly match at Lansdowne Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dunn is one of many U21 players who needs to move on this summer in order for his career not to grow stagnant.

He has spent past loan spells at Cheltenham and Burton, and a permanent move to a similar club seems like the best bet.

Samed Yesil (out of contract)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, April 17, 2015: Liverpool's Samid Yesil celebrates scoring the third goal, his second, against Tottenham Hotspur during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Cruel luck with injuries have dogged Yesil’s time at Liverpool and the 22-year-old will leave on a free transfer this summer.


Of all those 21, it’s hard to see any being at the club come September, whether they’ve left on permanent deals or loans.

With Enrique, Sinclair and Rossiter already gone, that’s 24 departures this summer.

There could be more if you add in potential moves away for Simon Mignolet, Lazar Markovic, Lucas Leiva and other youngsters who could benefit from loan deals, such as Ryan Kent, Connor Randall, Ryan Fulton and Joe Maguire.

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