LFC’s Stayings and Goings for 2017

As with every summer that comes around, every team will split their squads into staying and goings. What do the lucky ones have to do to remain at the club come the end of next season? And why are the ones slated to leave leaving?

Stays

Simon Mignolet

The Belgian is still on a tight rope, with two young quality goalkeepers pushing for his spot. Mignolet simply has to build on his form from the second half of last season if he is to stand any chance of cement his long-term future as Jurgen Klopp’s no.1.

Loris Karius

With a year of settling behind him, the German will almost certainly be the cup goalie for Klopp, possibly even in Europe. He would do well to learn from Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s first year at Barcelona, when he bided his time as their cup goalie before finally displacing City flop Claudio Bravo the following year.

Nathaniel Clyne

The England right-back is very solid and reliable in defence, and is the complete opposite of former Red Glen Johnson. Clyne, though, needs to work on his abilities going forward or risk losing his place – to a young pretender – just as he is reaching his peak years.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

TAA’s first league start could not have come at a tougher venue, Old Trafford, and he held his own despite going up against an overpriced French winger. The youngster needs to continue his development as Clyne’s understudy, and if he impresses on Liverpool’s cup run, he could see more league action than he first envisioned.

Joel Matip

With no African Cup of Nations this January, Matip can solely focus on Liverpool, and hopefully, focus on staying fit and injury-free. Regardless of who his defensive partner is, the Cameroonian will need to appear more commanding to complement his already composed demeanour.

Dejan Lovren

Likely the third pick by the end of the summer window, the Croatian defender must learn to cut out his silly mistakes and know when to back off and hold his position, instead of always trying to be on the front foot only to be caught out by a swift turn.

Joe Gomez

With much experience ahead of him in the pecking order, the young Englishman must use this season to stay fit, push on and impress whenever he gets his opportunities, especially in the cups. With Matip and Lovren’s injury record, Gomez will certainly be given some league action, which will give him the opportunity to finally build on his impressive start in 2015/16.

James Milner

Somehow, Liverpool’s English midfielder will likely line-up as the Reds’ first choice left-back. Milner was solid last season and chipped in with his goals from the spot, but he will need to work on the deliveries from his left peg and avoid always coming infield and squeezing Liverpool’s play.

Jordan Henderson

A season disrupted with injury, the skipper will have to get over his niggling injury troubles if he is to retain his armband. If he can do that and carry his form from last season into next, Henderson has every chance of developing into one of the league’s best midfielders.

Emre Can

After getting over his own injury issues and thriving in the second half of the season, the German international has to maintain some consistent form throughout the year. He needs to learn how to drive play from midfield effectively and increase his own goal tally.

Giorgino Wijnaldum

A good first year at Anfield, Wijnaldum must develop his industriousness into more dominant midfield displays – both at Anfield and more importantly away from Merseyside. He also needs to start scoring goals away from home.

Adam Lallana

Probably the best player under Klopp last season, Lallana is one or two steps away from being a great, if not world class, Premier League player. Improving upon his already-decent goal and assist tallies is achievable, if Lallana can stay injury-free for most of the season.

Marko Grujic

A stop-start year for the Serb as he settled down to life in England, this new season will be Grujic’s time to show why he was so highly-rated. His ability to get into the opposition’s box, combined with his height and aerial threat, will be a very useful tool for Klopp to turn to off the bench.

Sadio Mané

Last summer’s best signing, the Senegalese would do well to hit the heights of last season. He would be expected to do even better. With better support from midfield and a specialist striker acting as a larger distraction, Mané will look to cause even more damage – whichever flank he is on.

Phillippe Coutinho

Left forward or as a no.8, the Brazilian magician is so close to being a world class talent. His form and ability to stay fit will determine how far the Reds go to achieving their dreams of silverware and Champions League qualification next season.

Sheyi Ojo

After an injury-ravaged season, Ojo will look to pick up from where he left off at the tail end of 2015/16 and regularly challenge for a place in the match day squad. He needs to improve on his decision-making if he is to fully maximise his searing pace.

Roberto Firmino

Whether as Klopp’s premier striker or in a supporting role, Firmino’s talents and work-rate are vital to Liverpool, especially in Europe. The Brazilian only has to work on one thing, scoring more goals. 15 in the league is the bare minimum.

Divock Origi

Despite having an impressive goals to minutes ratio in the league, Origi has much to improve on for the other aspects of his game. He needs to work on his ability to hold off opposition defenders and learn how to run in-behind more often than he comes deep to receive the ball. The Belgian striker will need to maximise his opportunities in the cups and hit some consistency in the league.

Danny Ings

After two nightmare seasons at Anfield, Ings only has one thing on his mind – stay fit for the majority (not all) of the new season. Only then will chances come, and only then, will he find the back of the net and finally repay Klopp’s faith and patience.

Ben Woodburn

With a year’s experience being around the first-team, the Welsh international needs to kick on and impress in the cup games he’ll be handed. He also needs to use this season to find the position he is most comfortable with. Will it be on the wings, up front or as a no.8?

Dominic Solanke

The U20 World Cup and Golden Boot winner will need to settle in quickly and challenge for a spot in the match day squad.

Goings

Danny Ward

Only on loan to a Premier League club, specifically Huddersfield, to gain the necessary experience of being a no.1 in the topflight.

Jon Flanagan

Didn’t get a chance at Burnley, seems like his Anfield career is over. Championship beckons.

Ragnar Klavan

Likely won’t be needed once Klopp signs a new first choice centre-back – however could be kept as a fifth pick for emergencies and especially if Lucas Leiva leaves.

Alberto Moreno

A midfielder replaced him at his best position. Italy or a return to Spain awaits.

Kevin Stewart

Has really reached his ceiling in terms of his development at Anfield. He’ll do well at a mid-table Premier League club.

Lucas Leiva

After being found out as a central defender, the Kop veteran will have little playing time in an already congested midfield.

Harry Wilson

A loan to a promotion-pushing Championship club or bottom half Premier League team will be crucial for the Welshman’s development.

Daniel Sturridge

Simply cannot be relied upon to stay fit even for 70% of a season. Reinforcements in forward areas will likely push Sturridge out of the club – unless he is okay with being fourth fiddle at best.

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