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4 Liverpool stars may have played final Champions League games

Four Liverpool players may have played their final Champions League games for Liverpool. The Reds crashed out of the competition to Real Madrid last night.

Liverpool couldn’t get the job done at Anfield. Facing a two-goal deficit, they failed to score against Real Madrid despite being the better team on the night.

It means they’re out of the competition until next year – assuming they finish top four. That’s certainly not a given.

So with that in mind, many more players may not play Champions League games for Liverpool. But qualification next year or not, there are four who may not get another chance.

Gini Wijnaldum

The obvious one. Wijnaldum’s contract expires in June and it doesn’t look like he’s signing a new one.

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There’s still time for that to change, of course, but it certainly feels unlikely at this point. He’d be a big miss, too.

Wijnaldum has played two Champions League finals for Liverpool, winning one. He played an enormous part in qualifying for the second, too, with two goals against Barcelona.

Ozan Kabak

We don’t yet know if Kabak will be at Liverpool beyond this season. He’s currently here on loan, though the Reds can make it permanent for £18m.

They have until the end of May to make that decision, per Fussball Transfers.

Kabak does look like a very promising talent but Liverpool have a big decision to make. It’s him or someone else, effectively – we do expect the Reds to sign someone.

But it could be a case of one-and-done for Kabak.

Nat Phillips

Phillips was great against Real Madrid. He earned praise from both fans and teammate James Milner, in fact.

But it’s hard to see how he’s playing Champions League football next season. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will all be ahead of him in the pecking order, as will who Liverpool sign.

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That’s a tough spot to be in. It may well be best for everyone that Phillips finds first-team football elsewhere – he’s certainly earned it.

Mohamed Salah

An interesting one, to say the least. Per the Athletic, Liverpool plan on having Salah next season but that isn’t a given.

It appears teams will circle – Telefoot claim Paris Saint-Germain want the Egyptian. Liverpool could decide to cash-in ahead of a summer where they’ll want to bounce back from this season.

We do expect Salah to remain at Anfield but he is the only other member of last night’s XI where there’s some doubt. If PSG do truly want him, we can expect a high-profile summer.

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