Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that he has too many players currently at his disposal.
Klopp was speaking after Liverpool’s opening pre-season friendly last night – a 1-0 victory against Tranmere at Prenton Park – and he admitted that a number of players would have to leave the club, as the squad has simply become too bloated.
In quotes carried by the Liverpool Echo, the former Dortmund boss said:
“All the players who came back from loans are in the squad for the moment, but we have to see.
“My job is to give them the best training that I can, and at the end we have to make decisions. We have 38 players at the moment, and that is 100% too much!
Klopp added that while the available players were still at Melwood, they would still be subject to the same intensive pre-season training as the rest of the squad – going easy on them in the event of a medical at a new club would not be an option.
“We have to take some decisions, but you can be sure that if a team takes a player from us, they will have had two or three weeks of really hard and intensive training in their legs, and are as fit as they possibly can be.”
Despite the departures of Jerome Sinclair, José Enrique, Kolo Touré, Jordan Rossiter, Joao Teixeira and Samed Yesil, a number of players are still set to leave Anfield in the coming weeks.
Martin Skrtel’s move to Fenerbahce will be completed within the next few days, while Jordon Ibe should seal a £15m move to Bournemouth next week. Sergi Canos is also leaving, while doubts continue to hang over the Liverpool futures of Mario Balotelli, Joe Allen, Ádám Bogdan, Christian Benteke, Lazar Markovic, André Wisdom and Luis Alberto.
Klopp was ruthless in his first pre-season at Dortmund, significantly reducing the number of players in the squad, and he looks to be doing the same at Liverpool.
Even accounting for the arrivals of Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius and Sadio Mané (with more to follow), Liverpool’s squad is set to be far more streamlined next season.