Anfield Exodus: A Potential LFC Exit XI

Dominic Chandler
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By: Dom Chandle

The Premier League champions have already wrapped up the signing of Greek left back Kostas Tsimikas this month. However, it could be the case that the Reds will have to oversee a few more departures before welcoming any further arrivals this summer.

With that in mind, here’s an in-depth look at a squad consisting of the potential players who could be leaving Liverpool this window.

Goalkeeper

Goalkeeper: Loris Karius

After spending two seasons on loan in with Besiktas, the Turkish club have opted against making the German’s deal a permanent one.

Instead, the ex-Mainz keeper has been linked with French side Montpellier, with the Reds looking to recoup at least the £4.7m they spent in 2016. It seems highly unlikely that the 27-year-old will be part of Liverpool’s squad going into next season.

Defenders

Left Back: Yasser Larouci

With another left back signed and the Algerian in the final year of his contract, the teenager is poised for a summer departure. Larouci, who made his Liverpool debut last season, has recently been linked with moves to Norwich City and Leeds United.

Centre Back: Nathaniel Phillips

The English defender made his first senior appearance for the club last season but spent most of the year on loan with Stuttgart.

Despite Liverpool in need of defensive reinforcements, it’s doubtful that the academy graduate will be the solution.

Now aged 23, Phillips will surely depart this summer in search of first team football.

Centre Back: Dejan Lovren

The Croatian international ended his six-year stint at the club last month, signing for Zenit St Petersburg for just under £11m.

The 31-year-old won three trophies as a Red and has already claimed his first with his new employers – winning the Russian Super Cup on his debut.

Used sparingly during his final season in England, Lovren will still need to be replaced by Liverpool.

Right Back: Nathaniel Clyne

Another former Southampton defender, Clyne ended a five year stay at Anfield in June.

The England international had reached the end of his contract, having not made a competitive appearance since 2019 (during his loan spell at Bournemouth).

The 29-year-old has a ready-made replacement in teenager Neco Williams.

Midfielders

Midfield: Pedro Chirivella

The Spaniard thoroughly impressed in the domestic cups last season, but still found himself someway down the midfield pecking-order at Liverpool.

Aged 23, Chirivella had made just one league appearance for the Reds (in 2016) and the time was ripe for the player to move on.

The former Spanish youth international signed for French club Nantes on a free transfer in June.

Midfield: Marko Grujić

Klopp’s first permanent signing for the club; the Serbian was tipped for big things as a teenager.

Four years on, Grujić has made just 14 outings for the Reds, but has produced some eye-catching displays on loan with Hertha Berlin.

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Now 24, this could be a decisive summer for the player. If he isn’t deemed sufficiently equipped to break into the first team, then the club could be tempted to cash in.

However, given the shift in the market, such offers may not be as abundant as they were a year ago. Hertha Berlin are said to be keen to retain his services.

Midfield: Adam Lallana

The third long-serving ex-Saint to leave Anfield this summer, Lallana left the club with a Premier League winner’s medal in July.

Not short of suitors, the former England Player of the Year chose to sign for Brighton on a free transfer a few weeks ago.

An admirable servant for half a dozen seasons at Liverpool, the 32-year-old has an instant replacement in the form of the talented Curtis Jones.

Forwards

Forward: Xherdan Shaqiri

Brought in to provide attacking variation, the Swiss star did just that in his debut campaign.

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After playing a limited but influential part in Liverpool’s road to European glory, Shaqiri became more of a peripheral figure last season.

At 28, he may be seeking more first team minutes going forward, and he’d arguably be a starter for many Premier League outfits.

The attacker’s been linked with the likes of Roma and Newcastle over the past six months.

Forward: Divock Origi

Perhaps the least likely inclusion to leave this summer, his exit isn’t completely out of the question.

After etching his name into Kop folklore in 2019, the Belgian didn’t quite kick on in the following campaign.

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The Reds are said to be keen to bolster their attacking options this summer, which could throw Origi’s future into question.

With loose links to Lazio in recent days, it’ll be intriguing to see how Liverpool react if a tempting offer comes their way.

Forward: Harry Wilson

The Welshman’s showings with Derby during the 2018-2019 season sparked a scramble for his signature last summer.

With Bournemouth winning the transfer tussle, he initially impressed with the Cherries. However, as Bournemouth’s form slumped, so did Wilson’s.

Nonetheless, there’s seemingly still plenty of interest this window, with Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton among the rumoured suitors. Now 23, another loan seems unlikely, but his club are said to value the player at least £20m.

Substitutes

Kamil Grabara

The Polish U21 international could be sent out on loan again next season, after spending the previous campaign with Huddersfield Town in the Championship.

Adam Lewis

With the Reds having signed Tsimikas this summer, the academy graduate would have found first team minutes hard to come by in the coming campaign.

The young left back has just completed a loan switch to French second division side Amiens.

Herbie Kane

The 21-year-old impressed during loan spells in the lower divisions with Doncaster and Hull over the past two years.

Kane made two appearances in the League Cup for the Reds last season but is some way down the midfield pecking-order. Another loan seems likely when possible.

Ben Woodburn

Becoming Liverpool’s youngest ever scorer in 2016, the Welshman’s explosive start to his Reds career quickly fizzled out.

He’s since had two unconvincing spells in the lower leagues, but the club are not ready to give on the 20-year-old just yet. Another loan is on the cards this summer.

Sheyi Ojo

The winger has been out on loan at five different clubs in as many years; it’s difficult to see him having a long-term future with Liverpool.

Now 23, the former England U21 international could finally depart on a permanent basis this summer, unless a further loan spell can be arranged.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Another 23-year-old attacker who has spent much of the past five years away from Anfield.

After some excellent showings in Belgium, his spell in Germany with Mainz last term proved less fruitful. The Nigerian could be another name heading for the exit door this window.

Rhian Brewster

A fantastic loan spell with Swansea this year has only boosted the youngster’s long-term hopes of making the grade at Liverpool.

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The Reds have a big decision to make this pre-season. Klopp must evaluate whether the striker is ready to break into the first team, or if a further loan would be beneficial.

There’s rumoured to be plenty of interest in the youngster.

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