Liverpool squad assessment: Who should they keep and whose time is up?
Liverpool have been the most in-form team in world football since the turn of the year, having lost just once (1-0 in the Champions League to Inter Milan) in 2022.
While they will not win the quadruple, pipped to the Premier League on the final day of the season by Manchester City, this is a squad in its prime that could still pick up a cup treble with a Champions League final win over Real Madrid in Paris.
But what about beyond that? How does the squad evolve? 101 took a look at every member of Jurgen Klopp’s side and took a look at who should stay, and whose time at Anfield may be up.
A no-brainer. Sharing the golden glove with Ederson this season, Alisson is set to be in goal for the foreseeable future.
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A brilliant understudy as he showed in the Carabao Cup final. If he is happy to stay then he should do just that.
One year left on his contract and not going to get any gametime at Anfield. Time to move him on.
His Liverpool time has been over for some time, and he will leave on a free this summer.
Trent Alexander Arnold
A truly generational talent going forwards, and still just 23 years-old. Unless he chooses to move on in the future, he is expected to remain at the club.
Could still fetch a hefty price should he be sold in the Premier League, but seems to have fallen into backup right back at Liverpool. May be worth looking to move him on.
Seems surplus to requirements and his stock is high after a good loan spell. Could be another chance to generate additional funds.
Another who spent last season on loan, and seems to be well off the calibre needed at Anfield. May be best to part ways.
Virgil Van Dijk
One of several untouchable pieces in the Liverpool puzzle.
Had a brilliant season and is a great option to partner Van Dijk.
Can’t get a look in and is likely to leave this summer.
Enjoyed a great debut season and is sure to improve. A long term leader of the defence.
Has proved a brilliant backup for Andy Robertson and the ‘Greek scouser’ has become a cult hero.
A key performer on the left-hand side in the prime of his career. Definitely staying.
Minutes played in the Premier League this season:
◉ 1775 – Reece James
◉ 2451 – Andy Robertson
◉ 2763 – Trent Alexander-Arnold
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The only recognised defensive midfielder in the squad, and one of the best in the world at what he does.
Has come into his own this season and offers skills that no one else in the midfield can.
Has had a mixed season and is out of contract next summer. May be worth exploring what they could get for the 27-year-old, even if it would be a massive loss.
A leader on and off the pitch even as his role in games may continue to diminish.
The ultimate professional, Milner would not be worth selling for the value he offers on the pitch when needed.
Needs to continue to work but could be a successor to Milner in an ageing midfield.
Has never really shone consistently in a Liverpool shirt, and is out of contract in 12 months. A move to the likes of West Ham or Southampton could suit all parties.
A leg break robbed him from continuing to impress in a Liverpool shirt this season. Will be handed plenty of chances next season.
With one year left on his contract, Mane is perhaps in his best Liverpool form. However, on Liverpool’s self-sufficient model, should they need to raise funds it may be hard to turn down a significant bid.
Like Mane, has just one year left on his contract. The same thinking applies.
Mo Salah has already confirmed he will be at Liverpool next season even as contract negotiations roll on.
Has been a revelation since arriving in January. Certain to stay this summer and likely many more to come.
The Liverpool cult hero is joining AC Milan as a free agent.
A very useful squad player who has proven his worth in the cups. One to keep.
Had a very good season overshadowed by Luis Diaz, but still remains a top option for Klopp.