13 Aug Ought to the champions promote captain Henderson?
The outdated sports activities trope whereby staying on the high is harder than attending to the highest won’t apply to football the way in which it as soon as did, but it surely’s clear that after successful the Premier League and Champions League in successive seasons, Liverpool will need to consider carefully about how one can keep their edge. That is very true in a panorama shaken by the financial results of the pandemic — which is affecting all golf equipment — and at a membership the place chemistry has been so central to latest success.
With that in thoughts, here is some unsolicited recommendation from me and Mark Ogden: a player-by-player evaluation of the squad, what would possibly make sense and underneath what circumstances. The place you see a easy “Maintain,” you may assume we agreed and there wasn’t a lot to speak about. In any other case, we weighed in with our feedback.
It is not nearly efficiency, both. It is about age, wages, character match and contract size (we went with Transfermarkt for contract expiry dates for consistency). And there can be shifting elements, too: departures or arrivals that trigger chain reactions, generally sudden.
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Alisson (27 years outdated, contract expires in 2024)
Adrian (33, 2021)
MARCOTTI: “He is been a stable back-up, however there isn’t any rush to increase. The membership have all of the leverage. He could need to be a No. 1 elsewhere when his deal expires. Wait and see.”
VERDICT: Maintain, don’t lengthen
Loris Karius (27, 2022)
OGDEN: “He did not price quite a bit, he is nonetheless comparatively younger and he was a starter for 2 seasons at Besiktas on mortgage, so you will get one thing for him now. He has rehabilitated his popularity in Turkey and he isn’t on enormous wages.”
MARCOTTI: “He fell out with Besiktas over unpaid wages, which is a disgrace as a result of that might have been a possible vacation spot. However I agree, it should not be exhausting to discover a taker, maybe in Germany.”
VERDICT: Promote (Estimated payment: £5m-£10m)
Caoimhin Kelleher (21, 2022)
OGDEN: “They like him, however clearly he must play. Ship him on mortgage after which determine what to do.”
Andy Lonergan (36, 2020)
MARCOTTI: “He was an emergency signing, he is tremendous as a 3rd keeper who by no means performs. Launch him after which, as soon as you’ve got positioned Karius and Kelleher, determine whether or not you need to carry him again.”
VERDICT: Launch, then re-evaluate
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Virgil van Dijk (29, 2023)
Joe Gomez (23, 2024)
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Joel Matip (28, 2024)
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Trent Alexander-Arnold (21, 2024)
Neco Williams (19, 2021)
OGDEN: “They like him and are hoping to increase his deal. I believe it is the precise selection.”
MARCOTTI: “You need to hold him round and, except his calls for are extreme, lock him down for a number of years and see what he can do.”
VERDICT: Maintain and lengthen
Konstantinos Tsimikas (24, 2025)
MARCOTTI: “They moved rapidly to fill the Robertson back-up position.”
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Fabinho (26, 2023)
Georginio Wijnaldum (29, 2021)
OGDEN: “He is an influential voice within the dressing room, he is essential to the team, it is essential to increase his contract.”
MARCOTTI: “I believe he is been nice, however it is advisable begin getting youthful. Until the membership get a sweetheart deal, I would look to promote whereas he nonetheless has some worth available in the market. I admire although that Jurgen Klopp could really feel totally different.”
VERDICT: Cut up: Lengthen/Promote (estimated payment: £20-30m)
Naby Keita (25, 2023)
OGDEN: “If Liverpool hadn’t been so profitable the final couple years, individuals can be questioning him extra.”
MARCOTTI: “I agree, he hasn’t lived as much as his payment, however he is locked in to a long-term deal and it is smart to provide him one other yr.”
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Jordan Henderson (30, 2023)
OGDEN: “I agree it is advisable clean up, however out of Henderson and Wijnaldum, Henderson is the one I would transfer. He is been on the high stage for 12 years — that is quite a lot of miles on the clock, and given the place he performs, you want to have the ability to get across the pitch. Proper now he can nonetheless do it, however for the way for much longer? You will discover an English membership panicked sufficient to provide you £20m for him, both this yr or subsequent yr.”
MARCOTTI: “It is one or the opposite, almost certainly. Possibly I am not as ruthless as you, however I am unable to see off-loading your title-winning captain like that. Until he desires to depart, he stays.”
VERDICT: Cut up: Look to promote (estimated payment: £15m-£20m) / Maintain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (26, 2023)
Marko Grujic (24, 2023)
MARCOTTI: “He is been a stable starter for Hertha Berlin the final two seasons on mortgage. They’ve cash to spend, so I would promote him if he is comfortable there. And I do not suppose Klopp desires him again.”
VERDICT: Promote (estimated payment: £10m-£15m)
James Milner (34, 2022)
OGDEN: “He is an amazing man to maintain round, however he hasn’t performed a lot and his minutes are solely going to go down. You retain him except he decides he desires to depart, which he would possibly need to do if he finds he is enjoying much less and fewer. And if he asks to depart, you will not get a lot again for him given his age and large wages.”
VERDICT: Maintain, except he strikes
Curtis Jones (19, 2025)
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Ben Woodburn (20, 2022)
OGDEN: “He was the following massive factor, wasn’t he? However he hasn’t actually carried out it. He is had sufficient alternatives. I would promote him.”
MARCOTTI: “He is been on mortgage within the Championship [Sheffield United] and League One [Oxford United], however suffered critical accidents in each seasons. I am undecided you get a lot for him now. Higher to mortgage and see if he can no less than enhance his worth.”
VERDICT: Cut up: Promote/Mortgage
Harvey Elliott (17, 2025)
OGDEN: “You need him to realize expertise, however 17 is just too younger to mortgage him out I believe. He’ll study extra by being across the squad for a season.”
Takumi Minamino (25, 2024)
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Sadio Mane (28, 2023)
MARCOTTI: “He is essentially the most saleable of the entrance three — the opposite two are a bit unorthodox, however Mane’s plug-and-play — as you may drop him in any system and he’ll make a team higher. You do not need to break up the entrance three, however you additionally don’t need all of them getting older on the similar time. I believe if a sufficiently big supply is available in — and I am undecided that may occur — you need to think about shifting him now and search for a youthful substitute.”
VERDICT: Maintain, but when an enormous supply is available in, think about promoting (estimated worth: greater than £80m)
Mohamed Salah (28, 2023)
OGDEN: “I believe we agree that Liverpool sooner or later have to switch a number of of the entrance three. However I really feel about Salah the way in which you’re feeling about Mane. Mane could also be extra oven-ready, however Salah has extra of that star high quality that might enchantment to different golf equipment for box-office causes. I am considering of, say, a team like PSG. His market worth might be increased than his precise worth.”
VERDICT: Maintain, but when an enormous supply is available in, think about promoting (estimated worth: greater than £80m)
Xherdan Shaqiri (28, 2023)
OGDEN: “He barely performs, he would not actually slot in; I believe yow will discover a purchaser for him. Possibly you will get £15m for him.”
MARCOTTI: “I agree about promoting him — he has popularity and he isn’t that outdated. However I believe even when it is half that, you let him go at this level. Within the present local weather and together with his wages, I am undecided you may get rather more than that.”
VERDICT: Promote (estimated worth: £8m-£15m)
Sheyi Ojo (23, 2024)
MARCOTTI: “He is been on mortgage at Rangers with Steven Gerrard, however failed to actually set up himself. He is 23 now — I believe you progress him on should you discover a purchaser.”
VERDICT: Promote (estimated worth: £3m-£5m)
Roberto Firmino (28, 2023)
Divock Origi (25, 2024)
OGDEN: “I believe you let him go should you discover a purchaser on the proper worth. When you’re coping with a panicking membership, you would possibly get as a lot as £30m. He has scored massive objectives in massive video games and folks worth that.”
MARCOTTI: “He contributes off the bench, however he isn’t a super-sub and I do not see him ever turning into a starter. I believe £30m is optimistic; I would let him go for £20m and clear the trail for another person.”
VERDICT: Promote (estimated worth: £20m-£30m)
Harry Wilson (23, 2023)
OGDEN: “He is at that age the place you need to decide. He was nice on mortgage at Derby County, much less so at Bournemouth. Maintain him and decide in January.”
MARCOTTI: “He began 20 video games in a relegated team and scored seven objectives, all of them from open play. I believe that is price a protracted, exhausting look. Carry him again for Klopp to evaluate. Then, if it would not work out, you may all the time mortgage him in January.”
Rhian Brewster (20, 2023)
MARCOTTI: “He performed half a season on mortgage at Swansea and scored 11 objectives. That is fairly good for a man who turned solely 20 in April. And he is a striker. Let Klopp assess his progress, you may all the time mortgage him out later.”
There clearly aren’t going to be any vital weaknesses to deal with in a team that gained 196 of a doable 228 factors over the previous two seasons. Nevertheless, the truth that Firmino, Mane, Salah, Van Dijk, Henderson and Wijnaldum are all 28 or older is one thing the membership must take care of.
Klopp has dedicated himself by means of 2024 and that is encouraging as a result of he will not simply be considering short-term; he will not desire a squad that will get outdated unexpectedly. They do not essentially want to interrupt up the entrance three of Firmino, Mane and Salah that has carried out so nicely for them immediately, but when a giant supply is available in (nevertheless unlikely on this COVID-19 affected transfer window) Liverpool will need to think about it. If they do not, a ahead with sufficient high quality to share enjoying time and finally change one in every of them is perhaps a extra practical objective this summer season.
Klopp additionally wanted a reserve left-back and moved rapidly to safe Tsimikas at an affordable worth (round £12m). He’ll probably want one other central defender, however when you think about Liverpool ought to have the ability to elevate no less than £40m from gross sales and issue of their transfer finances, it should not be exhausting to deal with that. There is a powerful selection forward on Wijnaldum’s contract and, in the event that they choose to maneuver him on — or transfer Henderson as a substitute — they’re going to additionally need to make a significant signing in midfield.
As tough as it might be to think about this membership with out gamers like Mane or Salah, Henderson or Wijnaldum, it is price remembering how they have been unafraid to make daring strikes and sacrifice stars like Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez in latest seasons … and benefited in the long term. Past that, you count on Liverpool to proceed to be on the lookout for younger expertise no matter place.