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Liverpool fans form a uniquely personal connection to all of their players, from the least used squad player to the week-in-week-out Premier League starter. © PA Images Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates scoring the winning goal against Wolves at Molineux, Wolverhampton. 4th December 2021.
But that makes it even harder to say goodbye to them when they leave and it seems four could depart in the summer due to their contracts expiring.
While Liverpool are not known for extensive spending or squad rebuilds, they will likely need to make some foray into the transfer market to replace the players who depart for free.
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A fair few played for both of these big hitters.Particularly during Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield tenure and Pep Guardiola’s time at Man City, the two teams have possessed a plethora of elite players within their respective ranks.
So here are the four players who have expiring Liverpool contracts, and what their potential future could look like.
It will be a sad day for all Liverpool fans, but the nonchalant genius Origi looks to be leaving Anfield at the end of the season.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that the striker is likely to sign for Serie A side AC Milan, where he’ll get more first-team opportunities.
But what a time he’s had in Merseyside. For a time he was Klopp’s go-to big match-winner, and thanks to his late goal against Everton, the historic “corner taken quickly” moment, and his Champions League final goal, he became a true Kop cult hero.
“Divock Origi is an incredible football player,” Jurgen Klopp said earlier in the 2021-2022 season. “He is great in these moments, he doesn’t need a lot of run-up or time to find into a game.
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“When Div scores the goal it makes it even better, to be honest.”
So here’s to Origi. Enjoy Milan, even if the weather isn’t as good as it is in the North West of England…
Just forget about the 2018 Champions League final for a minute and try to look fairly upon Karius.
For a goalkeeper, he’s still young at just 28 years old and has several seasons of professional football under his belt in various leagues.
Admittedly, he wasn’t able to make a breakthrough on his recent loan at Union Berlin but in the summer someone will likely take a gamble on the German and give him a chance to build confidence.
Just look at how Simon Mingolet was able to become the number one at Club Brugge. Hopefully, Karius can do something similar.
Liverpool will lose two goalkeepers for free in the summer, with Adrian almost certain to leave.
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The old dog still had some bite. The only downside to that first half-season was Fowler missing the club’s famous FA Cup run. Having played a solitary game for City in the competition (scoring a hat-trick against Scunthorpe), he was denied the chance to appear for Liverpool on their route to glory. Year two On the positive side, that late-season scoring run earned Fowler a one-year contract extension, tying him down until the end of the 2006-07 season. “This is fantastic news,” Benitez said. “Robbie has done really well and he deserves this.
Adrian’s departure is more linked to the emergence of Caomhin Kelleher, who has usurped the Spaniard to become Klopp’s second-choice goalkeeper.
Liverpool will probably have to bring in a new third-choice goalkeeper but it’s easy to forget that Adrian had one or two good moments in a Liverpool shirt after they signed him for free in 2020
In particular, it was his heroics in the shootout against Chelsea that won Liverpool the UEFA Super Cup, saving Tammy Abraham’s penalty to give Liverpool the win.
At 35 there’s no indication on his future yet, but he could see retirement as a persuasive option. If not a return to Spain might also be a possibility.
Milner has been an outstanding servant for Liverpool since joining the Reds on a free from Manchester City back in the summer of 2015.
But the 36-year-old has seen his playing time in the first team somewhat diminish, starting just 12 games in all competitions in 2021-22.
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A super goal from a man at the peak of his powers.Barack Obama had just taken office as the 44th President of the United States on the back of a campaign underlined by hope, Pep Guardiola was ending his first season in charge of Barcelona having won the treble at the first time of asking, and Liverpool forward Fernando Torres was in the conversation for being the best striker on the planet.
Unlike the other players on this list, Milner will probably remain at Anfield for 2022-23. But nothing has been signed at the time of writing and his current contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.
“There are talks, but as always, we usually don’t comment further on that. There’s no reason for it,” Klopp told reporters in February. “But of course, I’m in talks, the club is in talks, with Milly. We will see.”
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ROB DRAPER AT WEMBLEY: Something had to give in an epic duel of such relentless intensity that it can even tire out even the observer.Like the prize fighter they are, Liverpool didn’t need asking twice. They battered City all over the ring in an extraordinary first half. Of course, City have their own qualities and a deep reserve of pride, which they summoned to rise from a series of knock downs, to come again, despite the bruising they had incurred.