The Anfield exit: Players likely to leave Liverpool in January

Jurgen Klopp has been able to build a formidable squad at Liverpool and seeing some of them leave will be painful for the German. But just like injuries, transfers are inevitable in football. Players have dreams and aspirations and will follow them wherever they can.

Liverpool is in a good place right now, being the defending champions of the Champions League and also top of the Premier League, leading with 34 points, eight points ahead of Leicester City and Chelsea who are in second and third respectively and nine points ahead of Manchester City who are in fourth.

This does not mean some of the players won’t want a new adventure and they will find that out when the transfer window opens in January. Three players are likely to leave in January and as much as that might affect the club a bit, it leaves the chance for to re-invest in the squad.

Rhian Brewster

If not for anything at all, the 19-year-old academy graduate needs first-team football to continue his development. He had been expected to break out this year but so far, he has failed to make an impact. This will make any role he gets in the current Liverpool squad minimal and not enough to help him develop to the point needed.

Jurgen Klopp blocked a potential loan move for him in the summer but now that he has failed to make as much of an impact as perhaps expected, the German may be willing to rethink his decision and let him go.

With his talent, Brewster will have clubs waiting to snatch him for a loan deal for the rest of the season.

Xherdan Shaqiri

The 28-year-old has admitted he is dissatisfied with his lack of playing time at Liverpool. After having impressed initially with his performances, he has now been frozen out of the squad.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could be interested in taking on Shaqiri if he does decide to leave.

With his age, he should be at the peak of his career and not moping away on the bench. If anyone will leave at all during the winter window, Shaqiri is perhaps the most likely.

Adam Lallana

His performances has been hindered by several injuries, but Adam Lallana has been struggling to re-establish his place in the Liverpool squad. With the current performance of the players in Liverpool’s first-team, it will be hard for him to claw his way back up and his contract ends next summer. He looks unlikely to renew his deal with the Reds.

If we are to guess the next destination for the 31-year-old, it’s easy to say he might move to MLS or China as he has attracted interest from clubs there. French giants, Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be interested in him and could make a move for him in January.

Should these clubs reach out, it might be hard to stop Lallana from making his last major move.

Conclusion

Liverpool will definitely make money by allowing these players to leave, as this will offer them the chance to bring in new players in January to beef up the already strong squad.