Liverpool travel to Newcastle United on Sunday for their final game of the Premier League season. Here are four title-winners we may say goodbye to.
We’ll start with the most obvious one. Lallana’s contract expires at the end of the season and he’ll leave the club after six years. It’s been a pretty decent six years, too, it’s safe to say.
Lallana arrived on the back of the 13/14 season where a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool nearly won the title. But Lallana’s first season was quite disastrous as the Reds failed miserably to kick on.
The arrival of Jurgen Klopp saw Lallana thrive for the first few years, though. Injuries curtailed his Liverpool career over the last two seasons but he was once a very important player.
Whether he gets on to the pitch when Liverpool face Newcastle is another question, though. He’s reportedly set to join Brighton and may not want to risk the injury.
Lovren joined at the same time as Lallana and while his contract still has a year to run, the expectation is that he’ll leave this summer. Zenit St Petersburg supposedly want him and that seems like a decent move for the Croatian.
Lovren was another who joined in 2014 and needed Klopp’s arrival to jumpstart his Liverpool career. And, again like Lallana, he was a first-team player for the first few years.
Injuries and the emergence of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez pushed him to the back of the line, however. After just 23 Premier League appearances in two seasons, the time is right to move on.
Shaqiri has always played pretty well for Liverpool. There have been times where he’s looked fantastic. But, in truth, he’s never had a regular role and is usually out of favour.
He’s scored some important goals and created memorable moments – setting up Gini Wijnaldum’s second against Barcelona probably tops that list. But last season’s Champions League-winning season saw Shaqiri feature in just 28 games, starting a mere 13. He played under 180 minutes in Europe last year.
And yet, those figures are far beyond this campaign. Shaqiri has started just twice and played a total of eight games. His grand total of minutes comes to 185.
Injuries have played a huge part but Shaqiri has never had extended periods in the team. Reports suggest Fenerbache want him and that Liverpool won’t stand in his way.
Origi has had a very poor season and all signs suggest Liverpool wanted to replace him. The Reds hoped to bring in Timo Werner but the timing, combined with the economic climate, halted the move.
That failure offered Origi a reprieve but it isn’t one he’s capitalised on. Origi hasn’t provided a goal or assist since he set up Curtis Jones against Everton in the FA Cup. That came in January and, if we’re being honest, Jones did 99% of the work with that one.
You have to go back to December 14th to find an assist in the Premier League. December 4th if you want Origi’s last goal for the club – he’s featured in 23 games since then.
Rhian Brewster’s emergence offers a solid alternative to Origi for next season. Seeing as Liverpool seemed to want to replace him anyway, we won’t be at all surprised if they look for a buyer after the Newcastle match.