Liverpool's season was exciting. Champions of the Premier after 30 years and with signings like Thiago and Diogo Jota that completed a fearsome squad. Nevertheless, injuries in defense (Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez) clouded the horizon. At first, using Fabinho or Henderson as a patch worked, but the battery was draining and not having them in midfield ended up having an effect. Result? Seventh in the league, at the moment, five points behind the Champions League. Klopp said the restructuring would not be massive in the summer, but there will be moves.
In January Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak arrived, the latter on loan, with an option to buy, given the impossibility of incorporating Konaté. The one from Leipzig is very close to landing as soon as the summer window opens wide (the medical examination has already passed), but it will not be the only one. Kabak himself could be next, since he is experiencing a baptism of fire at 21 years of age in the absence of troops in defense. The economic injection received (625 million euros), investment by LeBron James and his company through, surely helps to make those “small adjustments” to which the German technician alluded to few dates. But as always, to enter you have to let out.
In this way, without counting a Wijnaldum that is already considered lost, up to seven are the footballers who put on the starting ramp the Mirrorsome with a key role in the recent successes of the Reds. Adrián San Miguel, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri are the three most prominent names. The Spanish goalkeeper, who started in the absence of Alison in the final of the 2019-20 European Super Cup, will not be renewed and will have to find a new destination in June, at which time his current contract expires, according to the English newspaper.
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The cases of Origi and Shaqiri are similar. The first has seen how Diogo Jota snatches the role of revulsive and One of the heroes of the 2019 Champions League will have to take the starting door if he does not want, at 25, to win his progression. While the Swiss winger will lose importance when Harvey Elliot and Takumi Minamino return from their respective assignments at Blackburn and Sunderland, as they will be given a chance to show they have a gap in preseason. What's more, it is presented as the last chance to get a good amount for the sale of the Swiss.
The other four are Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo, Marko Grujic, and Ben Woodburn. Of the four, the first, international with Wales, is the one with the best poster. Wilson is on loan at Cardiff Championship, but at 24 the winger still has interesting potential. Thus, an offer of about 25 million euros would make him leave definitely Anfield. Something similar to Grujic, who has impressed in his loan to Porto. The 24-year-old Serbian midfielder has earned a spot with the Dragoons and Liverpool hope it will see Sergio Conceiçao's men go for him permanently in the summer. Ojo (23-year-old winger), also on loan in Cardiff, will leave if a moderately interesting offer arrives.
By last, Woodburn, the youngest scorer in Liverpool history. In 2016, at 17 years and 45 days, he entered the club's history books and Steven Gerrard, his U-18 coach at the time, called him an “excellent” player. He spent the first part of the current season on loan at Blackpool, but returned to Liverpool in January and is now finishing the season in the reserve team. His star has been fading and from the local media they point out that the door will be opened if something suggestive for the future of the 21-year-old midfielder appears.