Klopp urged to axe Fabinho, Matip, Milner and more as need for Liverpool squad revamp clear
In the wake of an embarrassing 5-2 defeat to Real Madrid at Anfield, Danny Murphy has urged Jurgen Klopp to overhaul Liverpool’s squad next season.
With the Reds now out of both domestic cup competitions, struggling in the Premier League and barring anything miraculous, out of the Champions League, they are currently a shadow of what they were 12 months ago.
Murphy still maintains that Klopp is the man to guide Liverpool back to the top-tier of European football, but fears the club is in need of a reset – naming several players that need to be axed this summer.
Indeed, with the Merseyside giants currently in eighth place in the league table – seven points adrift from the top four, they look dramatically worse than the team that almost won the quadruple last season.
There is a clear need for new recruits for next season, but first, they need to get some of their current players off the books to make room for fresh talent.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Murphy said: “I think it’s time for a big reset, I think there’s going to be five or six gone in the summer.
“I think Klopp knows, Klopp will get the opportunity to fix this and he deserves that opportunity, a hundred per cent.
“I think most fans are with me on that. Is it easy getting players out the door? Some who will be on big money? We will have to wait and see.
“But I think you’re looking at least half a dozen, maybe four of five at least – probably half a dozen coming in, in the summer.”
Murphy was then pressed on which players, in particular, Klopp should get rid of, to which he replied: “Well, I think there are some obvious ones who are nearing the end of their contracts or career.
“When you’ve got Keita, Ox, Milner is near the end, that’s three in midfield, that leaves space then. You could probably throw Fabinho in there maybe, depending on how much you could get for him to get someone younger in that role with more energy.
“That would be three or four spaces in midfield that would give you carte blanche then to bring in new players and entice them in.
“Because it’s hard enticing players into a club, a big club, unless they’re the best in the world, who see so many players in your position, and think, ‘Where am I going to play?’
Indeed, Liverpool have been heavily linked with several centre-midfielders recently, with the most high profile being Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jude Bellingham. With that in mind, Klopp is clearly aware that he needs to improve that area of the pitch.
Murphy continued: “So some of them are definitely going to go, maybe a new centre-half, Matip has been there seven or eight years. Matip has been great by the way, it’s not a criticism of him, but there’s a time where the squad has to evolve.
“We’ve got an abundance of talent in forward areas, Liverpool are a bit top-heavy when you look at the options in midfield, they’re nowhere near as good as the six forwards we’ve got.
“Six forwards for three positions, unless he changes his tactics. We’ve got [Cody] Gakpo, [Luis] Diaz, [Diogo] Jota, Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah and [Darwin] Nunez.
“We don’t need six, so one of them might go as well, but he’s got to free up some space to bring in some new energy.”
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