By Coral Barry
Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could replace his entire squad in the summer transfer window – bar four players.
The former England international identified the only players worth persisting with to be star duo Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, skipper Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne.
Speaking before Liverpool hosted Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday night, which the Merseysiders comprehensively won 3-0, Ferdinand observed that the teamsheet held no fear for visiting sides.
“I would have loved to come here and play that Liverpool team,” said Ferdinand speaking on BT Sport. “This Liverpool team doesn’t put you on the back foot at all and that’s the worrying thing.
“If I’m Jurgen Klopp I’d be a worried man, thinking, ‘roll on to this next transfer window’.”
Klopp took over from sacked manager Brendan Rodgers in October but did not make any major singings in January, merely bringing in Steven Caulker on loan from QPR.
Asked who Klopp could look to push out once the window officially reopens again in July, Ferdinand believes Liverpool’s entire squad is at risk.
“The whole lot, potentially, if he [Klopp] wanted to” said Ferdinand.
The Manchester United legend agreed with fellow BT pundits Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman that stars Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge should stay, and believes two others are worth keeping.
“Nathaniel Clyne has been pretty consistent and Jordan Henderson is the captain, so he won’t go anywhere,” added Ferdinand.
Liverpool’s win over City lifted Klopp’s team to eighth in the Premier League and to within six points of their Wednesday opponents, who are fourth.