Liverpool may have to replace players worth up to £79m in a year’s time. The Reds are approaching a big rebuild of their champion squad.
Liverpool look set for a rebuild this time next season – and you can read more about that here. And if that is the case, who will the Reds need to replace?
We pick out three players worth £79m who Liverpool may need to replace in one year.
Let’s start off with the most obvious one. We wrote about it in the article linked above if you want a more detailed explanation. In short, though, Wijnaldum has one year left on his contract.
Sky Sports claim that Liverpool are content with entering the final year without extending it. Jurgen Klopp trusts the player to give his all and whatever happens, happens. That could easily be Wijnaldum leaving in a year, given clubs can talk to him in January.
We’d expect the Dutchman to disappear if Liverpool don’t agree a new deal – and that doesn’t look likely right now. It’s been four years since his £25m move and this one could well be his last.
This would be a huge one for two reasons but let’s explain why we think the captain could need replacing.
Henderson is 30 and has a history of injury problems, to put it succinctly. Now, we’re not saying that Liverpool will consider selling the captain and we think he’ll be here for a long time to come.
But this could be Henderson’s final year as a first-team regular. Beyond this season, there’s little guarantee that he can play week-in, week-out.
And so if Liverpool want to add new blood to the first XI, their £20m captain’s spot will be under threat.
As we say, this would be huge. It’s not just replacing the captain but combined with Wijnaldum, it would mean Liverpool have a very different midfield going forward. That could completely change how Liverpool play, given you don’t get too many elite box-to-box midfielders any more.
Liverpool may need to change strategy.
Mohamed Salah/Sadio Mane
There’s next to no chance that both players leave in a year. One? There’s a chance. We could see either push to leave, after all, as they come towards the end of their elite careers.
Both will be 29 in a year, meaning that if they want to move, it’s their last realistic chance to secure a great one. And Liverpool may just agree to it.
They’d each command a massive fee that would allow for a rebuild. They’d also free-up valuable space for a new signing. The current issue is that the entire front-three is 28 – you either replace them incrementally or all at once. The former is far easier.
Roberto Firmino is too valuable to the style of play. Of all the players in the front-three, he’s the one worth the most to Liverpool. Not that he’d necessary command the highest fee, however.
Salah and Mane would, though. Selling one and bringing in some youth on the wing would help bridge the gap to the next great side. If the rebuild is happening next year, it’s likely the time to move one of them on.