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Jurgen Klopp has decision to make on the future of four Liverpool players

Jurgen Klopp has decision to make on the future of four Liverpool players

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Liverpool have four players that are out of contract at the end of the season, and Jurgen Klopp and his management will be trying to work out who they will want to stay on past 2022.

The Reds had a fairly quiet summer and instead opted to prioritise renewing the contracts of key players, Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig was the only new signing.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Alisson Becker, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk all penned new deals at Anfield, whilst talks with Mohamed Salah are continuing.

The other two members of Klopp’s lethal strike force, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are now in the final two years of their contracts.

But some players are already in the final 12 months of their deals, so, do they need to be renewed?

Divock Origi


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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will need to decide whether he wants Divock Origi to stay



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Belgian striker Divock Origi has barely been seen in recent months due to the good form of Firmino and Diogo Jota, but he may well still be a useful asset to keep at Anfield.

The striker is expected to play a major role in January when Salah and Mane depart for the African Cup of Nations, so potentially offering him a contract extension could see his form improve.

In cup competitions, Origi has provided plenty of important goals and could be key in allowing the normal front trio to stay rested for more important league games.

The 26-year-old, however, may not be happy with consistently being a substitute though so it would be no surprise to see him reject a deal in favour of regular first-team football elsewhere.

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James Milner

One of the fittest players in the Premier League, James Milner, is now in the final year of his contract at Liverpool having joined the club in 2015.

The versatile midfielder, who has played in numerous positions since leaving Manchester City, has been a useful asset for Klopp in recent seasons due to their injury problems.

The former England international has plenty of experience under his belt and will most probably be a key figure in the dressing room too.

After the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer and the small remaining transfer budget available to Klopp, a short-term deal could benefit his squad.

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Lorius Karius

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Loris Karius is unlikely to have his contract renewed before next summer
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Earlier this month it was revealed by The Athletic that Lorius Karius refused the opportunity to leave Liverpool for Swiss side Basel – because he wanted to continue being paid his big-money wages.

But, unfortunately for the German shot-stopper, those payments will most probably come to an end in 2022.

The 28-year-old was far from impressive during his time spent at the club and his appearances out on loan at both Beskitas and German side Union Berlin were equally as uninspiring.

Karius’ time at Merseyside will most probably be over next summer and he will have to cope with reduced wages at a lesser side.

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Adrian

At 34-years-old, Adrian is coming into the final few years of his career. Therefore, he will have a choice to make: stay at Liverpool or play week in week out for a less competitive club.

The Spaniard made three appearances last season but appears to have fallen down the pecking order and is now behind young Caoimhin Kelleher.

Beyond that pair and Alisson, Klopp would have to dip into the academy for a goalkeeper and therefore he may choose to keep Adrian at the club for a season or two longer.

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Knowing Liverpool’s luck with injuries over the past year, they will want to be prepared for all circumstances and so keeping a Premier League proven goalkeeper on the books will be well considered, especially if a goalkeeper isn’t on next seasons shopping list or Karius does leave.


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