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5 Liverpool players set for surprising squad roles this season

Certain Liverpool players appear set for surprising squad roles this season. We have a look at five of them.

Football isn’t always an easy game to predict – even when you follow a team religiously. Managers and transfers can surprise you every season with their setups or plans.

Liverpool are no different and here are five players set for surprising squad roles this season.

Neco Williams

This one is something of a surprise because it really, really looked as though Neco Williams would leave this summer. That’s certainly the impression reports gave.

The Athletic claimed back in June that Williams wanted out. Liverpool were ready to sell him at his request, lining up Conor Bradley as his replacement.

A £10m for a young international full-back with Champions League experience seems like a bargain to us. Instead, it now appears Williams will remain with the club this season.

Divock Origi

Similar to Neco, we really thought Divock Origi was off this summer. It’s been reported since at least April that the Belgian was available to buy.

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We’ve barely seen Origi play over the last two years, making his sale seem quite inevitable. Instead, he remains at the club and there haven’t been any strong links away.

Origi might stay after all, then. Another year as a backup striker awaits.

Harvey Elliott

A change of pace here. We definitely didn’t believe Liverpool would sell Harvey Elliott this summer.

It seems inevitable that he’d play a role in the squad after his success with Blackburn Rovers last season. We just assumed it would be on the right-wing, where he’s played up to now.

But it seems Elliott is now a centre-midfielder. Jurgen Klopp appeared to confirm as much last week.

We think it’s a smart move that could bring the best out of the teenager. But it’s not one we saw coming.

Rhys Williams & Nat Phillips

Two players in one here and for good reason. We knew it was possible that Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips might stick around this season.

But we definitely didn’t expect both to.

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The duo sit behind four centre-backs now, all of whom are far more experienced than last season’s heroes. Injuries may put one in contention for places but both? That seems very unlikely.

We thought loans and sales would be on the table after their efforts in 2021. Instead, both remain at the club as the clock ticks away. Surely at least one needs to move for first-team football?

Kaide Gordon

We’re guessing a little here but it certainly seems as though Kaide Gordon might have a role to play this season. The kid is incredibly talented and featured heavily throughout pre-season.

But he’s still only 16 and hasn’t even been with Liverpool for a year. The first-team shouldn’t really be in his sights.

But as Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to leave and Elliott moves into midfield, the path appears to be clearing for Gordon to play games this season.

It would be way ahead of schedule but we really might see Gordon take up a place in the squad this season.

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