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Watching Luis Diaz this past month has driven home the logic in reshaping this Liverpool squad. With any elite group of players, there simply has to be a moment where peak becomes decline, and strong decisions have to made. In the case of this superb Liverpool group, there are now certain players that could inevitably end up leaving, and this piece will focus on their potential destinations and the likely replacements.

1 – James Milner

There’s a pretty even split as to whether he stays or goes, and it’s fair, given his respect within the changing room. Whereas his on field ability has diminished, if Klopp feels he can offer more to the club as a bit part player, that’s fine. But the feeling is that Milner could leave, and open a move for a new signing.

Potential destination – Leeds (Free)

Likely signing –

Aurélien Tchouaméni (Monaco – £50m)

This young player would be the perfect midfield addition, with his ability to play varying roles in midfield. This is a player that has been mentioned on varying Anfield Index podcasts, and would be the perfect Milner replacement.

Other options –

Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

2 – Neco Williams

This young player has possibly the hardest job in world football, in attempting to dislodge Trent Alexander-Arnold at right back. He currently sits on loan at Fulham, and should see that become permanent.

Likely destination – Fulham (£10m)

Likely signing –

Jayden Bogle (Sheff U – £15m)

Another player that has been mentioned on the AI pods, with a skill set and physicality to play in Liverpools system. It would be a good step for the young full back, with a move to one of Europe’s powerhouses.

Other options –

Conor Bradley (Academy)

3 – Nat Phillips

A popular player, that should be commended for his Liverpool stay. His style simply doesn’t fit with this reds side, and should be moved on in the summer.

Likely destination – Burnley (£8m)

Likely replacement – Rhys Williams (Academy)

4 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

It’s such a shame that the end is closing in for the Ox, after such a promising start to his reds career. A long term injury scuppered his chances in cementing a regular place, and he is simply a player that does not raise his game, with only sporadic appearances available.

Likely destination – Newcastle (£25m)

Likely replacement –

Fabio Carvalho (Fulham – £8m)

This man very nearly signed in the January window, and should be a deal that becomes complete on the coming months. With a long winded tribunal likely to take place, it would be a great signing for the future and the now. As Bogle, he would also benefit the quota.

Other options –

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

5 – Divock Origi

The time is nearly here for this legendary striker to move on, with a contract quickly dwindling away. Divock has had some sensational moments, but the truth is that he simply isn’t of the level to compete with Klopp’s current array of forwards.

Likely destination – Brighton (Free)

Likely signing –

Karim Adeyemi (RB Salzburg – £30m)

The signing of this vastly talented youngster would enable young Kaide Gordan to move away on loan. His ability to play on the right or the middle of the forward line, would offer great back up and rotation options. His supposed move to Bayern is not set in stone, and Liverpool would be signing an elite prospect in securing this young man’s signature.

Other options –

Raphina (Leeds), Athony (Ajax)

6 – Sadio Mane

One of the historic forward three will have to be moved on eventually, and with Sadio’s role being unclear (since Diaz arrived), this summer could offer the perfect opportunity for both player and club to sort ways. With a huge admiration across Europe for Mane, there would be no shortage of takers.

Likely destination – PSG (£50m)

Possible replacement –

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig – £60m)

This would be a sensational signing, and one that would fit like a Klopp shaped glove. His talent and absurd versatility would be a huge plus, and his Leipzig heritage means the style of play would not be far away from Liverpools own model.

Other options –

Ivan Toney (Brentford), Darwin Núñez (Benfica)

In terms of players that should be rewarded with new deals, Naby Keita should have his deal renewed. His upside is still massive, and his talent cannot be ignored. Roberto Firmino should be awarded also, with his role as back up striker the perfect role for him. His bespoke skill set simply suits this Liverpool team, and would remain a valuable squad option.

Mohamed Salah (the world’s greatest player), has to be renewed. His level of play since his signing has been astonishing, and the new look forward line has to include the Egyptian King.

There has to be some finessing of the current squad, and Diaz surely points to that fact. With Julian Ward about to take the helm as Sporting Director, hopefully he will be aggressive and ambitious, in order to maintain what is a glorious Anfield period.

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