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The players are preparing to leave Liverpool this summer, with the reds reshaping the squad



Liverpool are not anticipating wholesale changes during the summer transfer window, no matter how the rest of the season unfolds.

After a campaign that can still yield 97 points in the Premier League – and potentially still a league title if Manchester City lose points – as well as a possible second final of the Champions League, there is simply no need to make major changes.

As always there will be some moves in terms of ins and outs, as Jurgen Klopp seeks to refresh the team before his fourth full season, but extensive changes are not yet to come.

If no new contract negotiations are made, however, there will be several Reds men facing a way out this summer, with their current agreements expiring – including some stars who have made significant contributions throughout the season.

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge reacts to a missed shot during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Huddersfield in Anfield
Daniel Sturridge reacts to a missed shot during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Huddersfield in Anfield

For a long time, it seemed that the former striker of Manchester City and Chelsea would be considered an excess of demands last summer, only to force the way back to Klopp's thinking before the 2018/19 season.

Sturridge managed to reinvent himself as a player capable of playing more deeply during the preseason, and had his moments in this campaign, no less important than the spectacular last minute draw at Stamford Bridge. That superb goal, however, was one of only two in the Premier League this season – the other against West Ham United on opening day in August – and he made just 17 league appearances.

Divock Origi is apparently ahead of him in the current hierarchy and next season is expected to show Rhian Brewster, 19, after recovering from a prolonged injury, which makes the minutes even more difficult.

Sturridge has a significant salary, but several Premier League teams are sure to get him – he still has a lot of quality, even if he does not have a good pace right now.

Alberto Moreno

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action against FK Crvena Zvezda at Anfield in 2018

The Spanish side has made only two appearances in the Premier League this season (against Cardiff City in Anfield and Burnley in Turf Moor) with Andy Robertson making his own slot, and James Milner preferred it there when needed.

Still at only 26 years old, he had a spell last season where he looked fit and firing, but once Robertson stepped aside, the Scotsman did not look back. His lack of action this season suggests that Moreno will be transferred; this summer is certainly the summer in which he will depart.

Links with Barcelona persist – where he would be backing up for Jordi Alba and also joining again with Philippe Coutinho – while other clubs in Spain are likely to be interested in him as well.

Youth

Bobby Adekanye celebrates his goal against Napoli

Bobby Adekanye, 20, who joined Liverpool from Barcelona's famous La Masia academy in 2015, allowed his contract to be suspended and transferred free of charge. It is believed that Lazio is the favorite of its signature. The young extreme came with a great reputation, but ultimately he will have to prove his first team worth elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Adam Bogdan, still only 31 and currently on loan to Hibernian in Scotland, will try to find suitors while Connor Randall, now 23, has been a part of the U23 Reds team under Neil Critchley – intriguingly, many times in the midfield, rather than his previous right-back role – is also likely to depart.

Other young players whose contracts are set to expire include Juanma Garcia, another Barcelona snatch when he was very well rated, but now he's 22 years old and no closer to Melwood and the first team.

Edvard Tagseth of Liverpool and Bali Mumba of Sunderland in action during

Corey Whelan, who will turn 22 in December, and Conor Masterson, the central defender who made the first team against Manchester City last season in the Champions League, are also poised to see their contracts falling. Norwich City, which is on the verge of being promoted to the Premier League again, is connected to the second.

Edvard Tageth, who has struggled with injury problems since his arrival in 2017, is another who may be ready to leave. The top-ranked 18-year-old Norwegian midfielder Steven Gerrard was a big fan during his time as coach at the club, he was part of Barry Lewtas U18s this season but did not recover from the team, he could not recreate the form that he showed before his injury at the end of the season, sustained in March 2018.

There is still time for any of the players to agree on cool terms and stay on Merseyside, but the closer the end of the season comes up without news of an extension, the more likely they are to leave.

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