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Liverpool set to cut €175m worth of players in ‘brutal reconstruction’



Liverpool are having a miserable season as they are tenth in the Premier League and manager Jurgen Klopp’s response will be emphatic in the summer.

The German is planning huge changes to the Anfield squad, with as many as 10 players set to leave, according to a Mirror report.


Klopp is planning what has been described as a “brutal rebuild” of his squad, which will see a number of players worth over €175m – and not just shirt fillers – leave behind.

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Perhaps the most notable name on the list is Roberto Firmino, who has been a pillar of the club for eight years and trained a third of what was once considered the best striker in world football, alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who has he has since moved to Bayern Munich. His contract expires in 2024 after 244 Premier League appearances for the Reds, in which he scored 78 times.

However, Liverpool fans won’t be surprised to learn that it’s the midfield where the most dramatic changes are likely to occur, with key figures here being Fabinho and James Milner. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also leaving, while Arthur is also allowed to leave after a spell on loan from Juventus due to injury.

Defense will also be subject to change. After his disastrous performance against Wolves last weekend, Joel Matip’s name is on the list, while Nat Phillips is another to be dropped. Eventually, changes are made to the goal, though Alisson is retained. However, his liner will be changed. Both Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher are ready to leave the club.

These 10 players together have an expected transfer value of over €175m according to FootballTransfers’ ratings, with Fabinho being the most important of them with a price tag of over €70m.

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If further confirmation was needed, transfer deadline day proved yet again that Liverpool and Chelsea are currently on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to signings.

On the one hand, Liverpool: waiting patiently (and risky) for the summer while they are in the middle of the standings. On the other side Chelsea: Their deal with Enzo Fernández should have been finalized at the time of this writing – incredibly, their addition on January 8th.

Chelsea’s mid-season spending reached $394m (£320m/€363m) with the $131m (£105m/€120m) signing of Fernández.

They spent around $308m (£250m/€283m) last summer. What exactly happens if some of these deals don’t work out as expected? Mykhailo Mudryk, for example, will prove difficult to move an eight-and-a-half-year contract if it doesn’t become a success.

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And even if most of these transfers work out the way Chelsea clearly think they will, they will need a certain level of performance to justify the outlay.

The contrast with Liverpool, where a little more spending would have been a big boost going into the second half of the season, couldn’t be starker, with their reluctance as much as a gamble.

If further confirmation was needed, transfer deadline day proved yet again that Liverpool and Chelsea are currently on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to signings.

On the one hand Liverpool: waiting patiently (and risky) until the summer while they are in midfield. Chelsea, on the other hand: Their deal for Enzo Fernández is expected to be finalized at the time of writing – incredibly their January 8 signing.

Of course, Liverpool are capable of spending more than they have. Cody Gakpo are off to a good start but they are taking a big risk by not stepping up and hoping their current squad can limp towards the Champions League places. As Jurgen Klopp eluded earlier this month, Liverpool will have to spend a bit more than they currently do to keep up with not just Chelsea but Newcastle and the other big spenders who are unlikely to slow down.

“I don’t see the investment stopping in the future and that means we have to do that too,” Klopp said some days ago on Sky Sports.