Players Liverpool need to offload

5 Players Liverpool Need to Offload in the Summer

Having started the season in top gear, Liverpool are currently running out of gas, and their lack of squad depth and individual quality are mainly to blame for that.

The Merseyside outfit went through a dismal sequence at the turn of the year, but they’ve managed to find some stability going into the final months of the campaign.

The past few seasons have seen the Reds struggle to break into the bracket of elite teams in the top tier of English football. Whilst the dawn of Jurgen Klopp served as an indicator of progress a couple of seasons ago; things don’t seem to have changed in the Red half of Merseyside.

The battle for a spot in the top four is far from over as there are still nine games left to play before the season comes to an end.

Should Liverpool secure a top four finish, they’re likely to spend big in the summer in a bid to bolster their squad ahead of next season’s Premier League campaign as well as their European commitments.

Whilst there’s apparent need to introduce fresher legs to the team, here are five players Liverpool need to offload in the summer:

Simon Mingolet

simon mignolet

Mingolet’s stay at Anfield has been riddled with goalkeeping errors. He’s struggled to find form at Liverpool and has shown a tendency to let his side down in crucial moments.

The 29-year-old arrived at Liverpool in 2013 off the back of a decent three-year spell at Sunderland, but he’s failed to truly prove his worth to the Reds.

In the 19 appearances Mingolet has made for Liverpool this season, the Belgium international has kept just four clean sheets and conceded 24 goals.

Despite being one of the most entertaining sides in the League, the porousness of Liverpool’s defensive set-up has cost them some valuable points this term.

Mingolet leaving Liverpool would be good for both the club and the player as he’d get a chance to revitalise his career in different surroundings and Liverpool would finally be able to acquire a world-class goalkeeper.

Daniel Sturridge

Whenever Sturridge’s name comes to mind, so does the 2012/13 Premier League season as that remains the England international’s best season in a Liverpool shirt.

Sturridge has struggled to reach the heights he once attained playing alongside Luis Suarez, and whilst injuries have played a part in restricting Sturridge’s resurgence, he doesn’t seem to fit in Jurgen Klopp’s current system.

He’s shown glimpses of his past self on some occasions this season, but Klopp appears to have lost faith in him which has been highlighted by Roberto Firmino’s many berths as a false nine.

Sturridge is unlikely to rekindle his career at Liverpool, hence the club would do well to offload him.

Alberto Moreno

Alberto Moreno

Alberto Moreno is one player Liverpool must definitely let go in the summer. Since signing for Sevilla, Moreno has struggled to find form at Liverpool mainly due to his adventurous nature on the pitch which sees him neglect his defensive duties.

The fact that James Milner (who is naturally a midfielder) currently plies his trade as a left-back for Liverpool speaks volumes of how far Moreno has fallen down the pecking order.

Should Liverpool secure a fourth place finish, they’re likely to sign a new full-back, so there’s no reason for Moreno to remain at Anfield beyond this season.

Ragnar Klavan

klavan

Jurgen Klopp signed Klavan with the view of utilising him as a bit-part player this term, but rather than deploy him sparingly, Klavan has featured on 16 occasions in the league this season due to Liverpool’s lack of centre-backs.

The 31-year-old has not been particularly bad this term, but he evidently lacks the ability to thwart incoming attacks on a consistent basis for Liverpool.

It’s fair to say that Joel Matip is Liverpool’s only reliable centre-back, and with a move for a summer overhaul on the cards, you can expect Matip to be one of the first ones out of the club.

Lucas Leiva

Lucas

Lucas Leiva has been a great servant for Liverpool throughout his 10-year stay at the club, but it’s time for the 30-year-old to move elsewhere.

Lucas’ contract runs out in the summer, but Klopp would be wise not to opt for renewal with the Brazil international already heading into the twilight of his career.

He’s played a bit-part role for Liverpool this term, but the club won’t need him beyond this season with new players poised to arrive before the start of next season.

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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