By Harvey Byrne
Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva are set to be shown the exit doors at Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp looks to prune his squad, according to a report.
Merseyside publication The Liverpool Echo claims that the Anfield club are well stocked with central midfielders for next season, when there will be less game time available due to the absence of European football.
The senior squad currently contains Lucas, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Joe Allen and Emre Can for the central midfield spots.
As reported by Football Insider, Wales midfielder Allen is likely to be sold if the club’s £10million asking price is met, while Lucas has also cast doubt on his future by admitting he is unsure what lies ahead at the Merseyside club.
“There have been some changes last season, with the coaching change,” said Leiva speaking to Radio Joven Pan. “I still do not know what exactly will be my role within the group, but I am returning (to England) on Thursday to start the pre-season.
“It is the first transfer window in which Klopp will participate more actively in Liverpool, so I’ll just get a better idea when I return.
“Whatever happens, the idea, as always, is to stay in Europe, especially in England, which has a very strong and good league to play.”
Lucas is the club’s current longest-serving player after arriving from Gremio in 2007 and if he stays is poised to begin his 10th season with the Reds.
However, he started just eight Premier League games since the turn of the year and was an unused substitute in the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla last month.
Both Allen and Leiva have just a year left on their current deals and if they stay at the club for next season then it looks very doubtful they will be handed an extension on these deals.
Klopp has already moved to bring in a midfielder this summer with the signature of 20-year-old Serbian Marko Grujic and he is also rumoured to be chasing Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud.
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