If you offered all Reds the option, you suspect most would be happy to call the season now and move straight to the summer window. Every game that Liverpool play seems to serve as a stark reminder of the rebuild that’s needed before next season. Jurgen Klopp has changed tack slightly and spoke publicly in his press conference embargo about the obvious need to do business when this season finishes. For all the talk over incomings, we look at possible Anfield departures that could raise valuable and needed funds.
This seems the most obvious and natural departure for all concerned. At 24, Kelleher will no longer see himself as a younger back-up and will be looking to move on to become a starter. With Gavin Bazunu, his rival as Ireland’s number one moving to Southampton and becoming their first-choice, he’ll know the odd Carabao or FA Cup appearance won’t help him increase the number of caps he holds. Kelleher’s contract runs until 2026 and as he qualifies as a home-grown player, Liverpool will be able to demand a fee likely over £20m. It would be more of a surprise if Kelleher is still at the club come next season
If social media is to be believed then Gomez should be high on the departure list for Jurgen Klopp. Too often the former Charlton man has been at the scene of the crime this season and a starring performance against Manchester City has looked every bit the exception. Most won’t want to see the 25 year-old playing at centre half again, but qualifying as homegrown player, a history of playing both full-back positions and having just extended his contract last summer, it’s difficult to see a departure. Based on his current form though, it definitely not impossible. Gomez would also fetch a decent fee should his future lie elsewhere.
It seems crazy to imagine a year ago that so many felt Matip was unlucky not to start the Champions League final. This season it seems to have gone from bad to worse with ever passing game for the 31 year-old. The former Schalke defender has a chequered injury history and by this summer, he’ll only have a year left to go on his deal. Whilst Matip did arrive on a free and with enough players leaving Anfield that way, this is the final chance for Liverpool to obtain any type of fee for the former Cameroon international. His standards have dropped that far this season, that the clamour for a new centre-half has become as loud as the midfield talk. It won’t be a huge fee for the reasons mentioned above, but it’d be surprising if he doesn’t depart.
One that many would be disappointed to see but it could well be possible. Since his winning penalty against Chelsea at Wembley, Tsimikas has reaffirmed his position as a cult-hero amongst many reds and with his closing ability and having immersed himself in the club’s culture, it’s understandable as to why. The former Olympiakos is 26 now and set to enter his peak, whilst he wouldn’t be short of offers if he was to seek pastures new. Having played only 49 minutes in the league since the turn of the year and with two years remaining on his deal and no suggestions any renewal talks have been held, even journalists like David Lynch have said this is one to keep an eye on.
The one whose form has fallen off the steepest cliff compared to any other. From having been arguably the best holding midfielder in the world, there’s an unease with many reds when the 29 year-old is named starting line-up nowadays. Fabinho only signed an extension until 2026 before the start of last season and the suggestion was he’s moved into the bracket of top earners at Anfield. Aside from his wive’s recent Twitter outbursts at suggestions the Brazilian could be set to move on, it’s hard to know how exactly the player himself sees his future right now. It wouldn’t be the huge surprise it would have once been to see him leave Anfield this summer.
Having proclaimed before the start of the season that he was looking to score and assist ten each this campaign, the Toxeth-born youngster would likely be happy with any minutes at this rate. The 22 year-old is no longer a talented youngster and Jurgen Klopp has previously confirmed that he’s talked to the player about what’s needed from him. It’s been an injury ravaged year and there is a train of thought that the only way the former youth team star fulfils his potential is with first-team football somewhere. The fact he counts as home-grown, recently signed a new deal and with so many other midfield departures may well work in his favour of his Anfield future. David Maddock talked about him being given one last chance. If he does, he’ll really need to take it.
The Lord Lucan of Liverpool’s current attackers. Carvalho has seen little action since his move from Fulham this summer, despite notable strikes against Bournemouth, Newcastle and Manchester City in the Carabao. Jurgen Klopp has understandably been asked about the 20 year-old in his recent press conferences as he hasn’t even made the squad on occasions. With the purchase of Cody Gakpo and returns of Diogo Jota, Bobby Firmino and eventually Luis Fiaz, it’s hard to see when he’ll actually get his opportunity. For all his talent, there’s a suspicion with many reds that we’ll never play the system that best suits his ability. Suspicion is it could even be a loan, but something may need to give in his Anfield future.