Liverpool expect two Champions League winners to leave the club, according to reports. There will be change at Anfield this summer.
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim that Liverpool expect both Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi to leave the club this summer.
The duo have struggled badly for games over the last two years, partly through injury but mostly through not getting picked. It’s far from ideal for either, given they’re in their prime years.
The big line here, though is that Liverpool ‘expect’ the duo to leave. They’re not simply open to offers – they’re actively working under the impression that both will move on.
That’s the surest sign yet that there will be significant change at Liverpool next season.
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This would be the first significant change in a few years. Only Simon Mignolet after the Champions League win, after all, and only Dejan Lovren left after the Premier League success.
Both were in marginal roles at best, however. Shaqiri and Origi do carry some weight at the club.
While they may not have played much, they are still the two most-likely attacking changes off the bench. Outside of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino being there, of course.
But Origi, in particular, is the only out-and-out striker in the first-team squad. That’s been the case for some time now.
Shaqiri holds the role as the most natural right-winger behind Salah, too. When Klopp turns to his bench for attacking options, these two are his most natural choices.
The fact he rarely picks them shows just how lacking Liverpool are when it comes to attacking depth. But their status as the most natural options means the Reds will surely replace them this summer.
We can’t imagine that Liverpool sell Origi, certainly, without signing a natural striker to take his place. It’s slightly different with Shaqiri – Harvey Elliott may well step up into the role – but he’ll need replacing.
We haven’t really seen change like this in quite some time. Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and Thiago arrived in the summer, of course, but they didn’t replace anyone. They were additions on top of what Liverpool already had.
But in selling Origi and Shaqiri, would be making significant changes to their matchday squads. It’s the first time in years and, in all truth, the right thing to do.