Six reported senior Liverpool players axed, Klopp tells them they won't play
By Tom Blackburn
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Christian Benteke and five other players that if they stay at the club they will not play, according to a report.
In addition to Benteke, Klopp wants to see Lucas, Adam Bogdan, Tiago Ilori, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic all leave Anfield.
The Mirror claims that Klopp wants to reduce the size of his squad after 39 players were used across 63 matches last season.
The Liverpool boss has advised the six senior men to leave.
“A few things will happen, I’m pretty sure,” said the German, as quoted by the Mirror. “I don’t know exactly what but on both sides.
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“It makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don’t have a real opportunity to play.
“When there’s no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense.
“We have a few players, maybe, who want to leave us and I’m pretty sure that will happen. And one or two more players will join us from other clubs.
“It’s a long time until the 31st of August and we have to work a little bit.”
Liverpool ended last season finishing eighth in the Premier League, which means they will not be competing in the European competitions that was the focus of their efforts in the final months of last season.
Liverpool are in advanced talks with Crystal Palace for the sale of Benteke but are holding out to recoup the £32million fee they spent last summer on the Belgian striker.
Klopp is looking to improve his squad this summer, and on Sunday evening closed in on his fifth signing of the window in the form of Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg.
Prior to that signing Klopp has already signed goalkeeper Loris Karius, centre-back Joel Matip, forward Sadio Mane and midfielder Marko Grujic.
In other Liverpool news, they are closing in on a transfer for a 28-year-old.