Another 24 hours has passed since Brendan Rodgers was relived of his duties at Liverpool manager and the Merseyside club are reportedly one step closer to appointing their first-choice replacement Jurgen Klopp – with the Reds hoping to confirm the former Dortmund gaffer’s arrival by Friday.
The vast majority of Liverpool fans will welcome the German’s arrival after claiming back-to-back Bundesliga titles and reaching the 2013 Champions League final with the Black-Yellows.
The players, on the other hand, might be a little more concerned. New managers mean new ideas, new selection policies and new signings – inevitably, some current Anfield stars will end up out in the cold.
So with that in mind and the ‘Klopp of the Kop’ headline seemingly only drawing nearer, Football FanCast have taken a look at five players who may become casualties of the regime change at Liverpool.
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Brendan Rodgers seemed determined to prove Simon Mignolet was a shrewd acquisition but Liverpool’s next manager won’t be so convinced.
The Belgium international has certainly had his moments in a Reds jersey yet his proneness to individual mistakes has undoubtedly contributed to Liverpool’s eternal shakiness at the back. They committed 116 defensive errors during Rodgers reign, 36 directly leading to goals, the most of any Premier League side in that time period.
The jury’s still out on whether the 27-year-old has what it takes to be a long-term No.1 at a club as big as Liverpool, so Rodgers’ replacement could decide to source a more experienced and composed option should one become available.
Signing Joe Allen was one of Brendan Rodgers’ first acts as Liverpool boss but the midfielder has never come close to living up to his billing as the Welsh Xavi.
Rodgers always showed faith in the 25-year-old and issued him 99 appearances across all competitions yet his replacement is unlikely to be so patient considering how passive a presence Allen usually is.
The Wales international is already under pressure from the likes of Emre Can, Lucas Levia, Jordan Henderson and James Milner in central midfield so the change in regime could move him away from selection reckoning altogether.
Seemingly only in the starting Xi because of his £20million transfer fee, the Dejan Lovren who dominated and dazzled for Southampton in 2013/14 simply hasn’t turned up at Liverpool.
The Croatian international is a shadow of his former self and although Brendan Rodgers was determined to grant him as many chances as possible, you get the feeling the next Liverpool manager probably won’t be so kind.
Reinforcement at the heart of defence should be a priority for Liverpool in the transfer market anyway, so Rodgers’ replacement may even be allowed his own choice of centre-half.
However, the much-maligned ‘transfer committee’ will be reluctant to let the 26-year-old leave, considering the Reds will be lucky to get back half of their original investment if they sold him in the next few transfer windows.
Jordon Ibe is clearly an immensely talented prospect but the 19-year-old has struggled to transition his potential into captivating form this season, struggling for significant influence during his five Premier League outings.
Whilst Brendan Rodgers understandably wanted the Bermondsey-born winger involved in first team affairs as much as possible, starting the season with him in the starting XI, the northern Irishman’s replacement will have other priorities.
Of course, that doesn’t spell the end of the England U21s Anfield tenure but suggests his development may have to be put on the backburner for now. A loan move to a Premier League club in January certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing.
New signings often become the biggest victims of changes in management and that could well be the case with £29million arrival signing Roberto Firmino.
No doubt, the Brazil international is a talented player, performing to talismanic levels at Hoffenheim and bagging four goals for Selecao since his debut in November 2014.
But the 24-year-old attacker is still acclimatising to the Premier League and indeed still waiting for his first goal or assist in England, so a new manager coming in could really exacerbate the difficulty he’s had settling.
I’m certain Rodgers’ replacement won’t immediately put him on the transfer list, but Firmino may have to accept featuring from the bench until things are a little less chaotic at Anfield.