Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has revealed that club manager Jurgen Klopp will still look to sell three or four players in the summer and will have to make sure he signed better players replace them.
The Merseyside club are trying to tie down key players for the long term, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have both extended their futures at Anfield until 2024.
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Joe Gomez and Alisson Becker have also signed their contracts that will end the same year. And Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri have all signed contracts which will run until 2023.
But Aldridge believes Divock Origi’s future at Anfield is uncertain with James Milner’s contract is due to expire in 2020.
Meanwhile, left-back Alberto Moreno and second-choice striker Daniel Sturridge are both out of contract at the end of the current season.
But Aldridge urges manager Klopp to make other four better signings to replace the outgoing stars.
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Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: “The new contracts for Liverpool duo Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are fully deserved.”
“We have had a lot of deadwood over the years, but now there’s clarity in the squad. There are a number of players on long-term deals, and there are youngsters also coming through.”
“Jurgen Klopp might look to move on three or four in the summer.”
“But otherwise the job has been made a lot easier for the manager because of the work he and the club have put in over recent years.”
“You can go through the team and there are players with a lengthy commitment at Anfield.”
“Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Shaqiri and the three lads up front.”
“Compare that to Everton, who are going through successive managers and have a lot of deadwood.”
“Liverpool have had that in the past. But Klopp has done a fantastic job in trimming the squad.”
“The task now is replacing the ones who will leave with players who are better.”
Liverpool return to action on Wednesday 30 when they take on Leicester City in their Premier League showdown at Anfield.