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Jurgen Klopp’s rebuilding of Liverpool is becoming clearer now that a decision has been made on three midfielders



Jurgen Klopp’s rebuilding of Liverpool is becoming clearer now that a decision has been made on three midfielders

Liverpool are set to embark on a massive rebuild of their midfield in the summer transfer window amid a terrible campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s side

Jurgen Klopp looks determined to revamp Liverpool’s midfield in the summer transfer window, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Arthur Melo are ready to go.

The midfield was the Reds’ biggest problem in a disappointing campaign for Klopp’s side. They failed to win the Carabao Cup, have already dropped out of the FA Cup and were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Wednesday.

According to The Athletic, that will start with the departure of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita on a free transfer at the end of their contracts. Oxlade-Chamberlain had played just five minutes since mid-January before Wednesday’s defeat to Real Madrid. The Englishman played at Anfield for six years but has struggled in recent years to secure a regular starting place. He has made just 12 appearances this season, including his cameo as a substitute at the Bernabeu.

It is therefore unsurprising that the 29-year-old will retire when his contract expires at the end of the season. Keita has failed to match his price since joining from RB Leipzig in 2018.

He spent the first half of the season sidelined with a hamstring injury and didn’t make his first Premier League appearance until Boxing Day. He has been left out of the last three top-flight squads and his time at Anfield appears to be over.

Arthur’s move to Anfield, meanwhile, was a disaster as the Juventus star barely played. This loan deal will not turn into a permanent transfer as Liverpool are fully focused on signing Bellingham.

James Milner could join the departures, with the ball to the Englishman if he wants to stay another year. Reds legend Michael Owen believes Liverpool’s plans to buy Bellingham could be dashed by their performance this season. “That’s the worry. That’s the worry at the moment, maybe you’ll hang your hat on one or two additions to freshen things up, let’s say, but the worry is that if Liverpool don’t get into the League champions, it’s not going to be an exciting offer,” he told bt sports.

“If they don’t make it to the Champions League they probably don’t have the money to do it, we all know Liverpool aren’t awash with money so I know there’s a prize pool over there which is probably for a Bellingham will go for £100m, maybe a bit more.

“But if they don’t make it to the Champions League, it will put a bit more pressure on wallets. I don’t think it’s fair to buy a lot of players. I’d try to break the bank for Bellingham and I’m afraid that’s what it will be about.”

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