With the new Premier League season set to return on September 12th, is this the last chance for certain players to impress Jurgen Klopp?
It is a known feeling that trying to retain a title is much harder than winning the first one.
With a Premier League season starting 34 days later than the 19/20 season, the league campaign may feel more congested. Also, the Reds will again be participating in the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League.
With all that in mind, there should be plenty of playing time for fringe players to get a chance to impress.
Now more than ever, especially during the continuing pandemic, Klopp will need every player in the squad to step up.
However, at the end of the 2020/21 season, Klopp will have decisions to make or players futures. With that in mind, I have drawn up a list of the players who Anfield career is most in doubt.
Now this one may seem slightly harsh, but with less than 12 months left on his contract time could be running out. There have been rumours of talks between the two parties over a new deal. However, the clubs’ interest in Bayern Munich’s Thiago could ruin those negotiations.
The reality is, if Gini fails to start the season well especially in the big games, this could very well be his last season at Anfield.
It was been an injury-hit 2019/20 at Anfield for the Swiss winger. With only seven league appearances to his name last season, his fitness issues could bring his time at Liverpool to an end.
Rumours have already circulated that Shaqiri is one of the players the club could look to sell to make room for new signings. It is a hard one for Shaqiri as he has been brilliant when fit, showing real quality.
There was a time during the 2018/19 season when Oxlade-Chamberlain was a sure starter for Liverpool. His energy in midfield and his ability to score in and around the box made the £30 million signing look a bargain.
However, a serious knee injury against Roma has seen the midfielder’s career stagnate.
Still being only 26 his age could buy him more time but this is a big season for the Ox.
The final player on the list is the hero behind the 2018/19 Champions League-winning campaign. The Belgian has shown quality at times and has become a cult hero for his late and important goals. However, the reality is the drop off of quality between himself and the front free is visible for everyone to see.
The striker has admitted that he’s happy to play second fiddle to the front three, but this could be his last season to do that. With the Liverpool hierarchy seeing no certainty around the club’s revenue, the Belgian has bought himself more time but only just.