Five conclusions expected from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool transfer this summer.

Five conclusions expected from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool transfer this summer.

If Roberto Firmino‘s performance at King Power Stadium was an indication of what to expect at Anfield, then attendees should begin warming up their vocal cords.

The only reason the 10-minute Si Senor refrain was cut short was because of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sublime free-kick. If Liverpool had not scored a third goal in their comfortable victory over Leicester City, it is not inconceivable that the traveling Kopites would not have stopped singing. 

It was performed with enthusiasm. When it appeared that the anthem might eventually be quieted, the next verse quickly became louder.

It was an appropriate tribute to a contemporary great. Throughout his eight years at Liverpool, Firmino has frequently been regarded as the team’s unsung champion. Outside of the Red spectrum, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, and Alexander-Arnold have received the most praise.

During the era in which Jurgen Klopp transformed Liverpool from perennial underachievers to English and European champions, Firmino has been the pivot. The Anfield manager, his coaching staff, teammates, and fans have never undervalued the selflessness of the Brazilians. The movement of the stealthy assassin was a major factor in Salah and Mane’s success.

Firmino traveled despite not being in the matchday squad for the 3-0 victory over Leicester due to injury. What a wise choice it turned out to be! His expression as his name was chanted was endearing, as was the response following the final whistle.

However, the 31-year-old has decided to end his Liverpool career. He has decided not to renew his contract and will leave at the conclusion of the current season.

Klopp is optimistic that Firmino will be able to play against Aston Villa in the Reds’ final home game of the season. A concluding appearance at Anfield is the least he deserves.

“So, we drive home, tomorrow is a day off – not for him, but for the others – and on Wednesday he will be in team training,” said Klopp after the victory over Leicester.

“Therefore, we must now wait and see, as the Saturday game is extremely problematic for numerous reasons. Probably a farewell for a few players, followed by a contest for everything against the second- or third-best team in the Premier League in the second half of the season. 

That is extremely difficult, so we must investigate. In the midst of everything, we must win the game and go for broke.

“But in addition to that, we want to demonstrate the respect, appreciation, and love we have not only for Bobby, but for all the boys who will leave in the summer.” So, it will be a special day with a challenging game in the middle or around whatever else. We must ensure that both can be accomplished.”

In his remarks, Klopp provided the clearest indication to date that Firmino will not be the only player to leave the club this summer. We’ve known for some time without confirmation, but this is the closest we’ve gotten so far to an official announcement.

Firmino and James Milner both joined Liverpool in the same summer. Together, they have helped Liverpool achieve the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.

Milner is another player who Klopp desired to retain. The midfielder is now 37 years old and his playing time has decreased. Milner, eager to resume his playing career, is anticipated to join Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer.

But four other departing Liverpool players may not make their final Anfield appearance.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the verge of leaving. Injuries have devastated his Liverpool career since his £35 million transfer from Arsenal in 2017. 

While he departs with six major awards, Oxlade-Chamberlain has only made 146 appearances, or 24 per season on average. The midfielder has been omitted from Liverpool’s nine most recent matchday rosters, and with the club still in contention for Champions League qualification, there is little space for sentiment.

Naby Keita, he might not even be healthy enough to be on the bench. 

If Jurgen Klopp wished to include Naby Keita, he might not even be healthy enough to be on the bench. 

This was the story of his sojourn in Liverpool. After being acquired from RB Leipzig for £52 million in 2018, Keita’s availability has been limited, and he has appeared just 129 times.

Adrian is the other athlete without a contract. The Spaniard was previously Alisson Becker’s backup goalkeeper, but Caoimhin Kelleher’s emergence has elevated Adrian to the number one position. The question is whether the 35-year-old wishes to remain as a backup.

Arthur Melo will return to Juventus following his season-long exile. The midfielder was on the substitute against Leicester, and since his arrival on the summer transfer deadline, he has played just 13 minutes.

Five conclusions expected from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool transfer this summer.