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Liverpool: Klopp must ditch Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita

Liverpool are currently struggling to find consistent form in the Premier League this season as Jurgen Klopp‘s successful squad has turned stale in recent months.

The Reds are ninth in the top-flight table after 19 outings with only 29 points collected out of a possible 57 so far which has left their hopes of a Champions League qualifying spot inside the top four reducing with every poor performance that passes by.

Indeed, the powers at Anfield have spent the last 12 months strengthening their attacking threat with Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz joining the Merseyside outfit upon the departures of Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Sadio Mane.

However, the focus has now moved onto the centre of the pitch with a lack of reinvestment in midfield becoming a cause for concern at the club, especially with a number of players coming to the end of their contracts, whilst captain Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara well into their 30s at this point.

Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano revealed to GIVEMESPORT this weekend that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are now looking unlikely to extend their stay at Anfield:

“As of today, the expectation is for Naby Keïta to leave on a free and that’s the same for Oxlade-Chamberlain as well.”

The looming exit of Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain cannot come soon enough for the Reds who are in desperate need of fresh perspectives in the team, while freeing up the weekly wage budget by £240k-per-week, something that would put the club in a great position to reinvest in quality replacements.

A double swoop for Jude Bellingham and Matheus Nunes has already been mooted for the summer alongside a lot of speculation surrounding the potential signing of England and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.

Both Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been unreliable and inconsistent features in recent years due to a number of injury concerns plaguing both players.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Let's start easy - how many points did Liverpool collect in their 2021/22 Premier League campaign?

Such a fact has seen the pair start just a combined 12 times this term, in which they have lost the ball a whopping 92 times between them. Such unreliability, both in possession and availability, has left Liverpool’s depth in the centre of the pitch weakened with at least one of the pair out for large chunks of the season on numerous occasions.

With that being said, Klopp must finally ditch the two Liverpool midfielders and build a new era in the middle third with players who can offer both talent and quality alongside ample fitness to help the club rise back up the league table and compete on all fronts for trophies once again.