Liverpool longest-serving players as Jürgen Klopp stalwart linked with surprise transfer exit

Joe Gomez is being linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer.

Liverpool is set to look very different by the beginning of next season. Although still not official, Arne Slot looks to be the person to replace Jürgen Klopp following the German's decision to walk away from the club after nine years at the helm.

Michael Edwards has returned to the club after walking away two years ago, and Richard Hughes will become the Reds' new sporting director. This whole new-look team will guide Liverpool in the post-Klopp era and look to continue the winning formula that has served Klopp so well in the past nine years.

There will also be major players leaving and arriving this summer, as Slot may wants to bring in a few players capable of playing the brand of football he likes. It isn't much different to Klopp's, but there might be some adjustments required.

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Some players are also out of contract this summer, such as Joël Matip and Thiago Alcântara, and likely won't be offered extensions. Other players could be offloaded to balance the books, and one of those, supposedly, is Joe Gomez. The defender has been a jack-of-all-trades for Liverpool this season, operating in various different roles as and when needed by Klopp.

Anfield Watch reports that Gomez is open to the idea of leaving Liverpool, but isn't necessarily forcing the issue. Gomez, the report states, has asked Liverpool that should any reasonable offers arrive for the 26-year-old, it should at least listen to them.

Gomez is now the longest-serving player at the club, having been one of the players Klopp inherited in 2015 when the German took over. Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and James Milner had all been inherited along with Gomez by Klopp, but with that trio all leaving last summer, Gomez was the last man standing and the only one to survive the entire Klopp era.

So as we enter the dying days of the Klopp reign at Liverpool, which other players are his longest-serving? Joël Matip is next in line after Gomez, with the Cameroonian signing for the club from German side Schalke in the summer of 2016 — Klopp's first. Trent Alexander-Arnold follows Matip, having broken through from the youth academy in the 2016/17 season.

Mohamed Salah is fourth on the list, having signed from Roma in the summer of 2017. Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk round out the top six, having been signed in July 2017 and January 2018 respectively.

Liverpool's current longest-serving players:

1. Joe Gomez — June 2015.

2. Joël Matip — July 2016.

3. Trent Alexander-Arnold — October 2016.

4. Mohamed Salah — June 2017.

5. Andy Robertson — July 2017.

6. Virgil van Dijk — January 2018. says: Most of the players Klopp inherited have now since left the club, with Gomez the only holdout. Whether or not he leaves this summer, he will have been the only player to have lasted the entirety of Klopp's nine-year reign. Most Liverpool fans wouldn't begrudge Gomez a move should it happen, as he's been an excellent servant for the club, but keeping him would make a lot more sense from a club perspective given how useful he has been this year.