Three Liverpool players that need to move on to fulfil their potential

Jurgen Klopp has done a lot for Liverpool in the last year and after guiding the Reds to the top of the Premier League with a 6-1 drubbing of Watford last weekend, there is a real sense of optimism around Merseyside that this could finally be their year.

Amidst a squad with such an abundance of talent, though, it’s always difficult to find a spot for everyone and for a number of players at Anfield the time has come to seek pastures new. However, it’s difficult to find the balance because the Reds’ squad isn’t huge and rotation will be necessary next year upon their likely return to European football.

That’s when having a character like Klopp as a manager helps, as he seems like the sort of person who can keep you happy even if the football opportunities aren’t regular. On the flip side, there are some players within the squad who are certainly destined for bigger and better things or in need of a change.

Here, we look at THREE who need to move on for the better of their career!

Daniel Sturridge

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At 27-years-old, Daniel Sturridge should be entering the prime years of his career and settling down into a role as a leading striker with his side. Instead, the English forward continues to struggle to find his feet and earn regular football.

With Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool already on his CV, Sturridge would benefit from a slight drop down to a side where he’ll be the biggest name in the side. His injury record is always going to be a sticking point, which is why another top side won’t come calling, but the right move could be the making of him now.

Mamadou Sakho

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Not quite kicking it off with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, it’s worth noting that the French international is still just 26-years-old. A switch at this stage of his career could be the making of him and it’s crucial that he makes the right move swiftly if he wants to keep his spot in the Les Bleus side.

With the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti to contend with for a spot in France’s defence at the World Cup in two years’ time, Sakho is already facing an uphill battle after missing out on the EUROs this summer after a mis-hap in a drugs test.

Although he has been scrutinised for his defensive performances at times, Sakho still has the ability to be a leading defender.

Philippe Coutinho

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Starring for the Reds since moving to Anfield from Inter Milan, Liverpool fans will be well aware that Coutinho’s future could be away from Merseyside in the future. 24-years-old, Coutinho is destined to be one of the best players in the world in a few years’ time.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, that means he will likely leave the club at some point. The big question though is how many years the Reds can get out of him before that happens, with the big boys in La Liga licking their lips at the prospect of obtaining his signature.

Liverpool have their ambitions but Coutinho will have his own and unless something remarkable happens, the two paths may not be parallel.