Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly plots summer revolution at Anfield, with five first-team players expected to leave, reports in England suggest
Although they are on the brink of landing their first-ever Premier League title, the Reds succumbed 4-2 to Atletico Madrid on aggregate, exiting the UEFA Champions League already in the round of 16.
Indeed, the Wednesday 3-2 home loss to Atletico showed that Klopp lacks depth and additional quality at the bench to keep his side in contention on multiple fronts.
As reported by the Daily Express, the German manager intends to offload five of his first-team members to raise funds for a summer spending spree, with Liverpool expecting to have a busy market.
Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Clyne, Loris Karius and Andy Lonergan have all been deemed surplus to requirements and will have to find a new challenge elsewhere, at the end of the season.
In addition to those five names, Dejan Lovren could also be escorted through the exit doors after falling behind Joe Gomez in the pecking order.
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Lallana’s departure is a near-certainty, as his contract at Anfield runs out at the end of the season, with the Reds showing no interest in renewing it.
His former Southampton teammate, Clyne, is also expected to leave the club in the summer after failing to register a single top-flight appearance this term.
As for Shaqiri, he is currently sidelined by a calf injury but will hardly break into Klopp’s starting XI once he is fully fit, with several European outfits, including Roma and Sevilla looking to taking away from the Merseyside.
A mass clearout sanctioned by the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach will also see runaway Premier League leaders return to spend big in the summer to balance their squad and become protagonists in the Champions League again next season.