Liverpool will have to offload five fringe players this summer, that’s according to club legend Steve Nicol.
Despite their incredible season, Nicol estimates that they need to look to offload a string of back-up players in order to make way for prospective additions.
Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a new forward player, as the manager looks to present a talented deputy and competition for Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Nicol guesses they could look to sell Champions League ace Divock Origi to free up space.
“In Divock Origi’s case, I think he has to go,” Nicol said.
“I think Liverpool have been looking around for a replacement for some time, and I think he’ll go.
“If you’re going to leave a club, leave them something to remember. And did he ever.”
Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge and Dejan Lovren have also been tipped to leave Merseyside.
According to Nicol – as explained on ESPN FC – the four are likely to go as they are surplus to requirements.
“I would think [Lallana will leave],” Nicol continued. “Aside from his injuries, his overall form hasn’t really been great.
“He’s had little spells where he’s shown what he’s capable of, but consistency? Nope, hasn’t been there. Absolutely, Adam Lallana will go.
“Nathaniel Clyne is another one, I think he’ll go.
“He’s not in Jurgen Klopp’s plans, Alexander-Arnold has nailed down that right-back spot, and if need be, you’ve got Gomez who can step in there, even Milner. So no, no chance. He’ll go.”
Nicol, meanwhile, suggests Lovren should seek a way out having sunk down the pecking order behind Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
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