Sunday 21 January 2018

Three players Jurgen Klopp needs to replace for Liverpool to finally end their Premier League title drought

Jurgen Klopp Photo: PA
Jurgen Klopp Photo: PA

David Smith

Liverpool have made an impressive start to the season, but Jurgen Klopp still has a lot of work to do to turn his squad into title challengers.

Although his summer signings have looked like quality additions thus far, there are a few other players in the squad who could be set for the chop.

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Here are three players that the German needs to replace if Liverpool want to win the Premier League.

Alberto Moreno

This one needs no explanation. Expectations were high at Anfield when the Reds signed the Spaniard from Sevilla in August 2014.

However, it immediately became clear that the 24 year old was prone to defensive errors, despite his strengths going forward Unfortunately for Moreno, his form has steadily deteriorated since his move.

He was at fault for Sevilla's equaliser in last season's Europa League final, and the less said about his performance at the Emirates on the opening day of the season the better.

James Milner - a right-footed midfielder - is now preferred to the erratic Moreno at left back.

Don't be surprised to see him move back to Spain in January if a suitable replacement can be found.


Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho is a fine player, but there doesn't seem to be a way back for him under Jurgen Klopp.

There have been question marks over the Frenchman's attitude, and his ill-discipline resulted in him being sent home from the Reds' pre-season tour of America this summer.

Sakho hasn't played for Liverpool since being banned (wrongly, as it turns out) for using a prohibited substance, and he has been relegated to the u23s since his recent return from injury.

The former PSG captain produced an outburst on Snapchat, which won't have impressed his German manager.

Joel Matip has settled well, and it's unlikely that the out of favour Sakho will dislodge his partnership with Dejan Lovren.

Ragnar Klavan has looked inconsistent thus far, but Klopp seems to rate the Estonian captain ahead of Sakho.

Klopp will look to sell the apparent troublemaker if he can sign cover.


Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva has always been a divisive figure, but the Brazilian has been a great servant to the club. Lucas has been at Anfield for 10 years, and has suffered many highs and lows.

He is only 29, but the midfielder's best years are already behind him.

The former Brazil international made a slow start to life on Merseyside, but enjoyed a few excellent years in the heart of the Liverpool midfield.

However, his injuries seem to have caught up with him, and he has been a squad player for several years.

He no longer has the legs to press as Klopp wants, and his lack of pace will be exploited against better teams.

It's no surprise that Liverpool are being linked with several defensive midfielders, and Emre Can can also fulfil this role if needed.

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