COMMENT By Coral Barry
Liverpool are on the verge of sealing their first big-money arrival of the summer after Sadio Mane arrived on Merseyside on Monday to undergo a medical with club.
The news has many Liverpool fans excited at the prospect of next season and has prompted speculation about the make-up of the best possible starting eleven in 2016-17.
Incoming midfielder Piotr Zielinski is also close to joining the Jurgen Klopp revolution and has reportedly been given assurances of his position in the side, while the Merseysiders are also working on a deal to sign young Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.
With centre-back Joel Matip and goalkeeper Loris Kariuz already signed, there could be a completely different look to the Liverpool side next season.
A number of regulars in recent seasons are suddenly vulnerable, including captain and vice-captain Jordan Henderson and James Milner, left-back Alberto Moreno, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and attacking midfielder Adam Lallana.
So, who will start and who will miss out when Klopp has his full roster of players to choose from next season?
Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne are sure to keep their place in the first-team, but everywhere else across the pitch a new player could be included.
At Football Insider, we have picked the team we think the best possible starting X1 at Anfield next season.
Winger Mane is expected to come straight into the side, as well as recent goalkeeping recruit Loris Karius.
Mingolet has made enough high profile errors in his three years at the club to finally prompt the search for a viable replacement and Karius should have a simple job dislodging the Belgian from his No.1 spot.
Lallana will have a fight on his hands next season to hold onto his place, although his work ethic and role as one of the best pressers in Klopp’ side stand in his favour.
However, Lallana’s energy might not be enough to to convince Klopp to start him ahead of Mane or Roberto Firmino, both of whom are more regular goalscorers, higher up the field.
Jordan Henderson will be under a similar amount of pressure next campaign after a 2015-16 season wrecked by injury and inconsistency.
With the uncertainty surrounding Mamadou Sakho’s future, the most likely centre-back pairing is Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, with the Croatian impressing in the later half of the season.
Although Liverpool’s deal for Chilwell has hit a snag over the full-back’s price tag, there will almost certainly be a new left-back on Merseyside next season and whoever it is, Moreno is set to be demoted to the bench.
In other Liverpool news, club legend Jamie Carragher gives his verdict on Mane’s transfer to Anfield