Jurgen Klopp showed last summer that he certainly can be ruthless when he needs to be, in order to keep his squad in the best possible shape for a challenge to win the Premier League title and other major honours.
After watching Loris Karius fluff his lines in the final of the 2018 Champions League against Real Madrid in Kyiv, the Liverpool boss wasted no time in signing Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson from AS Roma.
Following his memorable triumph in the Champions League this season, Klopp will not be expected to change his approach regarding when or how to get rid of players.
Thus, the Reds have confirmed on the club’s official website that Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge will be leaving this summer, after the decision to not offer the duo new contracts to stay.
Sturridge, in particular, was the player with more hope of possibly staying for another year after contributing to the club’s group stage campaign in what turned out to be a successful Champions League run.
Considering the fact that Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s fitness became a concern towards the end of the season, Klopp would have been forgiven to think it was worth keeping Sturridge for another season as a back-up.
But the Liverpool manager’s ruthless decisions ever since he replaced Brendan Rodgers at the club have been paying off so far, and it will be interesting to see what follows this stern start of a summer of changes.
As a Liverpool fan, all you can say to the pair is ‘best of luck lads!’. It was a nice way to finish off your Anfield careers with a Champions League winners’ medal.
Sturridge in his prime was outstanding. His technique is remarkably underrated. It is just a pity that he has been wrecked by those injuries.
Moreno has also been a great character in the dressing room. He was a tad too rash as a defender and perhaps, he might suit playing in a team where he doesn’t have much defensive responsibility.