And 10 players who may leave the club
After the departure of Luis Suarez for Barcelona in 2014, Liverpool’s coffers were flush with cash generated from the Uruguayan’s transfer. The club then went on a major spending spree and one of the players which arrived at Liverpool, as a result, was the English midfielder Adam Lallana.
While his arrival at Liverpool was preceded by great expectations – since he had fared brilliantly for Southampton – Lallana’s Liverpool career has been a major disappointment. During his 5-year stay at the club, the now 30-year-old has managed only 17 goals in 108 appearances.
The arrival of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain from Arsenal last season and Naby Keita from Germany this season has further diminished Lallana’s position at Liverpool, since he now finds himself way down the club’s pecking order.
Add to this Lallana’s well-documented troubles with injuries – as the Englishman has had 11 spells on the sidelines since joining Liverpool – and nobody should be surprised should Liverpool decide to show Lallana the door in the summer transfer window of 2019.
Unlike Lallana, whose arrival at Liverpool was preceded by great expectations, Daniel Sturridge wasn’t on the wish list of most Liverpool fans upon his arrival at the club £12m move from Chelsea in January 2013. Sturridge’s Chelsea career was punctuated by loans to low lying Premier League clubs, hence the reason why most Liverpool fans had doubts about the player’s caliber.
Therefore, even before he had kicked a ball for Liverpool, Sturridge faced an uphill battle to prove his worth. Fortunately for Liverpool, the striker did that with poise as, after scoring 22 goals in his first two seasons for Liverpool, Sturridge managed a career-best 21 goals in the 2013/14 season to take Liverpool to a 2nd placed finish.
Unfortunately, from then on, Sturridge’s career has gone downhill. Rocked by repeated injuries, the Englishman has spent more than a year on the sidelines during his 5-year stay at the club. His injury troubles have grown so much of late that even Divock Origi now ranks above Sturridge in the Liverpool pecking order.
What’s more, Sturridge’s current contract at Liverpool – which he signed during his heyday at the club in 2014 – also runs out in the summer. That means it is only a matter of time before Sturridge waves goodbye to his Liverpool teammates.
Despite having a dream start to his Liverpool career – as he saved a penalty on his debut to win Liverpool the game – Mignolet has never been a fan favorite among the club faithful. The former Sunderland player is too prone to making mistakes and his presence in the goal never fills Liverpool fans with confidence.
Jurgen Klopp was aware of the limitations of his goalkeeper, hence the reason why he signed Lloris Karius on a free transfer. Still, the real replacement for Mignolet came in summer 2018 as Liverpool signed Alisson Becker for a world record fee from Roma.
Alisson has been in superb form for Liverpool this season and is leading the Premier League when it comes to clean sheets. His form has restricted Mignolet to making appearances only in cup competitions this season.
It seems likely, then, that in search for more game time, the Belgian shot-stopper would switch clubs in the coming transfer window.
Even before the meteoric rise of Andrew Robertson for Liverpool – who has exceeded expectations since coming from the relegated Hull side in 2017 – Alberto Moreno was never in the good books of Liverpool fans.
The Spanish full-back, though great when going forward, is always a calamity waiting to happen when on his back foot. It is the indifferent form of Moreno which forced Jurgen Klopp to experiment with his options at the left full-back department.
In addition to fielding the likes of James Milner, Klopp has gone for Alexander Arnold and Joe Gomez in the same position on the few occasions when Robertson isn’t available for selection.
Add to this the contractual situation of Moreno – with his current contract with Liverpool expiring in the summer – and the Spaniard might be the first player off Liverpool’s pay list once the transfer window officially opens.
Known as Mr. Dependable among Liverpool fans, James Milner has been a loyal servant for the club ever since moving to the Merseyside in 2015. The two-time Premier League winner has featured in various positions for Liverpool and has come across as a utility player for the manager.
Still, despite all his usefulness for the club, the 2018/19 season has been an underwhelming one for Milner. While his performances make easy to forget that he is 33, Milner’s presence in the Liverpool squad slows down the pace of the whole team.
Also, during the few times that he has featured in the right-back department for Liverpool, Milner has simply been unable to make that darting runs which are required of any full back these days.
And with his contract running up in the summer – and Liverpool showing no signs of renewing it – Milner might also be bidding farewell to his teammates.