Five players Liverpool simply must replace this summer

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool revolution keeps rolling on.

The German manager has brought in a host of new talent this summer as he looks to build his Liverpool side in his own image, and as he looks to bring his side back up to the pinnacle of the Premier League.

Some top players have already been signed, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip to name just a few, and the Liverpool first team will no doubt bring a new era of talent and freshness to the Premier League next year.

However, in order to make room for these new players – current Liverpool stars must be sold. Either through lack of form or simply as a result of circumstance; a host of Liverpool players will be facing the Anfield exit door this summer.

With that, here are FIVE players that Liverpool MUST replace this summer.

Alberto Moreno

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This is an easy one.

Last season was a calamitous campaign for Moreno. In a position that demands reliability and solidity; Moreno was about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

Always prone to a mistake, and rarely offering much defensively; Moreno must be replaced by someone that is more adept to solidifying the left hand side of the Liverpool defence.

Simon Mignolet

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A similar story here; Simon Mignolet is simply too error prone to play a role for Liverpool going forward.

New keeper Loris Karius has been brought in, but his quality remains uncertain; and even so it seems unlikely that Mignolet will be happy to play second fiddle to Liverpool’s new number 1.

As a back up keeper you want someone reliable and content to play second fiddle; Mignolet is neither of those things.

Christian Benteke

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Christian Benteke has been linked with a move abroad for months; and it is imperative that Liverpool make it happen.

£32million was paid for his services, alongside a healthy wage packet; and Benteke has done very little to prove his worth. He has been inconsistent and injury prone during his spell, and Liverpool need to cut their losses and move on.

Liverpool’s strike force is easily the weakest part of the first team, and with Daniel Sturbridge often prone to injuries; the club need someone reliable to back him up. Benteke is not that guy.

Mario Balotelli

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A similar situation with Mario Balotelli.

Jurgen Klopp has already told the Italian forward that he has no future at Anfield, and that he will be sold as soon as possible.

It is important that Liverpool look to replace the forgotten forward, with the team in desperate need of attacking firepower.

Both Balotelli and Benteke are risks that haven’t paid off; the club need to replace them both and invest in reliable firepower.

Lucas Leiva

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Lucas Leiva has been an excellent servant for Liverpool over the last few years; but his time at the club must come to an end soon.

In recent years he has found himself playing less than less, and though he did well playing out of position towards the end of last year; Liverpool’s new arrivals likely mean there will be no space in the first team going forward.

He should look to finish his career at a stable club where he will feel valued as a first team performer.

Liverpool should look to bulk out their midfield in place of Leiva.

 


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