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Liverpool Fc Players: Keep Or Dump 2020

The reigning English, World and European Champions – Liverpool Fc (The Reds) would not have to make too many changes as most of the Reds squad looks set ahead of the 2020-21 Season.

Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren were the notable ones that have departed the Reds during the Summer Transfer Window 2021.

Captain Jordan Henderson and Vice-Captain James Milner are already in the wrong side of 30’s.

Also in a few years, the fearsome front three: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah will also be in the wrong side of 30’s.

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Centre Back Virgil Van Dijk are undoubtedly World Class Players. Yet, nothing lasts forever and no Players are indispensable.

 

Without causing disruptions to the Team harmony; Jürgen Klopp, Michael Edwards and Fenway Sports Group (FSG) would be planning ahead to slowly transition the squad by bringing in promising young Players and slowly phase out the older ones.

Having already bought Konstantinos Tsimikas, the Reds has strengthened a key position – Left Back as a Backup for Andrew Robertson.

Still; there are Players who are in the final year of their contract, Players linked with loan moves and Players that will just be sold.

 

Keeping in mind the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Reds revenue; the following assessments have been made.

Goalkeepers

  • Alisson Becker (27 Years Old)

Currently, the best Goalkeeper in the world

Assessment: Keep (and provide Contract Extension)

  • Adrián (33 Years Old)

Has done a decent job being a Backup Goalkeeper but his performances notably against Atletico Madrid (Champions League 2019-20 Knockout Stage) has further raise doubts about his ability

Assessment: Keep (but with no contract extension and wait for better alternative becomes available)

Returned after terminating a 2 Year Loan Deal with Beşiktaş JK

Assessment: Dump (Sell (and it’s a no brainer!))

  • Caoimhín Kelleher (21 Years Old)

Young and promising but needs Game Time

Assessment: Keep (and provide Contract Extension)

 

Defenders

  • Virgil Van Dijk (29 Years Old)

Currently, the best Defender in the world

Assessment: Keep (and provide Contract Extension)

  • Joël Matip (29 Years Old)

Reliable Defender but due to his untimely injuries, had to contend with watching from the bench on part of his untimely injuries

Assessment: Keep (and reassess on January 2021)

  • Joe Gomez (23 Years Old)

Established a formidable defensive partnership with Van Dijk and will be one of the many players with long-term future

Assessment: Keep

  • Ki-Jana Hoever (18 Years Old)

Young and promising but needs Game Time

Assessment: Loan

  • Sepp van den Berg (18 Years Old)

Young and talented but needs Game Time

Assessment: Loan

  • Neco Williams (19 Years Old)

Young and promising but needs Game Time

Assessment: Loan

  • Andrew Robertson (26 Years Old)

Currently, one of the best Left Back in the world

Assessment: Keep

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (21 Years Old)

Currently, one of the best Right Back in the world

Assessment: Keep

 

Midfielders

  • Fabinho (26 Years Old)

Reliable and skilled but temporarily struggled for form after returning from the injury

Assessment: Keep

  • Naby Keïta (25 Years Old)

Despite the indifferences in form (partly due to injuries), still young and can only better with the club is willing to show patience

Assessment: Keep

  • Jordan Henderson (30 Years Old)

Still, plenty of years left in the tank but the Reds will have to slowly consider grooming the next Club Captain and introduce Alexander-Arnold into Midfield role

Assessment: Keep

  • Curtis Jones (19 Years Old)

Young with plenty of potential but unlikely break into the Midfield and better play elsewhere to get more Game Time

Assessment: Loan

  • Marko Grujić (24 Years Old)

Returned after completing a 2 Years Loan with Hertha BSC. There is no future for the young talented Serbian given the Midfield options Klopp has at his disposal

Assessment: Dump (Sell)

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (27 Years Old)

Energetic and lively when called upon but has been a let-down defensively

Assessment: Keep (and reassess on January 2021)

  • James Milner (34 Years Old)

Wonderful servant to the Reds and always kept the club ahead of himself. The club would honour whatever the decision he makes for his future

Assessment: Keep

  • Georginio Wijnaldum (29 Years Old)

Dependable and hard working but will turn 30 before end of this year and already in the final year of his contract.

Assessment: Keep (and see out the contract)

 

Forwards

  • Roberto Firmino (29 Years Old)

Being the epitome of hard work and reliableness, he is the focal point of Klopp’s attack

Assessment: Keep

  • Sadio Mané (28 Years Old)

Currently, one of the best Left Winger in the world (and even performed better than Mohamed Salah)

Assessment: Keep

  • Mohamed Salah (28 Years Old)

Scores plenty of goals and misses plenty as well. After Lionel Messi, Salah is the best Right Winger in the world

Assessment: Keep

  • Takumi Minamino (25 Years Old)

Shown glimpses what he is capable of and reliable whenever called upon but needs time to settle

Assessment: Keep

  • Xherdan Shaqiri (28 Years Old)

Undoubtedly skilled but too often injured

Assessment: Keep (and reassess on January 2021)

  • Divock Origi (25 Years Old)

Fan Favourite and scored goals in big games but lacked consistency

Assessment: Dump (Sell)

  • Ben Woodburn (20 Years Old)

Young and talented but never going to break into the side

Assessment: Dump (Sell)

  • Harvey Elliott (17 Years Old)

Young with loads of potential but unlikely break into the side in the near future and better play elsewhere to get more Game Time

Assessment: Loan

  • Sheyi Ojo (23 Years Old)

Young and talented but never going to break into the side

Assessment: Dump (Sell)

  • Harry Wilson (23 Years Old)

Young and talented but never going to break into the side

Assessment: Dump (Sell)

  • Rhian Brewster (20 Years Old)

Young with plenty of potential but unlikely break into the side in the near future and better play elsewhere to get more game Time

Assessment: Loan

 

Verdict: Unlike their main rivals (Manchester City Fc, Manchester United Fc and Chelsea Fc), the Reds are in an enviable position as they have to make just minor tweaks in the current line-up (but this is not an immediate necessity).

Furthermore, the current Reds squad are primed for a strong Premier League Title defence.

No one can predict the future, but Klopp’s contract extension until 2024 has given sufficient time for the German and FSG to plan ahead for the future.

 

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