Four Liverpool players' contracts up in 2019: Who should be offered new terms?
Liverpool have enjoyed one of their best starts to a league season in history, and much of that is down to the players Jurgen Klopp has signed.
The charismatic manager smashed Liverpool’s transfer record with the acquisition of Virgil Van Dijk, and the Reds’ defence has looked stronger ever since.
The addition of Alisson Becker from Roma for what was at the time a world-record fee for a goalkeeper has also proved to be an astute signing, with the Brazilian opening his domestic career with a record-breaking unbeaten run.
Heading into the New Year, Klopp will only be looking to improve his team. With four players’ contracts expiring come the end of the season, he has decisions to make on who deserves a new contract at Anfield.
The Spaniard has endured a turbulent career at Anfield since his move in 2014. Despite his speed and attacking talent on the overlap, the left-back has been criticised heavily for his defending.
Replaced in defence first by midfielder James Milner and then by £8million signing Andrew Robertson, Moreno has been restricted to few appearances and has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
His time at Anfield has surely come to a close and Jurgen Klopp should be willing to let him go in a bid to replace him with a more consistent backup.
The former England international has become Liverpool’s utility man across the park.
Featuring across the entire midfield as well as at both right and left-back for the Reds, Milner is an indispensable squad member for as long as his legs will carry him.
While he still has the energy to match the grit he shows in his performances, Milner should be kept on the Reds’ books to add class and determination wherever he’s needed.
Serbian winger Markovic, who moved to Liverpool in 2014, hasn’t played for the club since 2015.
Since then, he’s endured four tough loan spells, and blasted the Reds for pricing him out of a move away from Merseyside.
He’s been banished to the under-23s side, and injured in recent weeks. His career at Liverpool should come to a close as quickly as possible.
When Daniel Sturridge moved to West Bromwich Albion on loan last season, most fans would’ve expected the former Chelsea star was set to leave permanently anytime soon.
Instead, he won Player of the Month for Liverpool in September, scoring some vital goals including a late stunner against former club Chelsea to earn a vital point in the league.
Though he’s not best suited to Klopp’s style of high-pressure play, Sturridge offers a different set of skills than his competition and should be kept at the club having proved his fitness.
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