Liverpool have created something of an unstoppable juggernaut on the way to securing their first Premier League title.
They can still break Manchester City’s 100-point record, have some of the finest players across Europe right through the team and have a charismatic manager, the envy of their rivals.
But calls have grown louder from former players, notably Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness, that the quality away from the starting XI is not good enough. If Liverpool want to dominate then it has to change. That was the message.
So, with that in mind, Sportsmail takes a look at the squad and rules who should stay and who should go as Jurgen Klopp has a chance to build on their maiden Premier League title.
Liverpool need to address their strength in depth if they are to retain their title next season
Alisson Becker – STAY
The Brazilian shot-stopper has played a key role in the turnaround at Liverpool since Klopp got his hands dirty and shaped the squad as he wanted. As the undisputed No 1, and still only 27, he is going nowhere.
Adrian – STAY
Looked a solid enough deputy to Alisson during the early stages of the season when the Brazilian was injured but also poses no real threat to dislodging his team-mate to claim the No 1 shirt.
A more-than-capable reserve goalkeeper, though, and their focus needs to be on strengthening other areas.
Adrian has proven an able deputy to Alisson and is worth keeping ahead of Loris Karius
Loris Karius seems determined to fight for his spot but his time with Liverpool was up long ago
Loris Karius – GO
It feels a lifetime ago that Karius was living a nightmare in Kiev as his errors cost Liverpool the Champions League final against Real Madrid in 2018.
Since then his career at Anfield has been non-existent and a failed loan spell with Turkish side Besiktas was terminated early – a sign his form has not improved since that fateful night in Ukraine.
He has two years remaining on his deal but it makes no real sense for him to stick around. Karius’ Liverpool career was finished long ago.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – STAY
An absolute no-brainer this. Alexander-Arnold has become one of the best players in his position right across Europe and can go on to consolidate the right back berth for club and country for the next decade if he wants to.
Local lad who possesses one of the best deliveries from wide areas in the league. Invaluable.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of the best full-backs across Europe
Joe Gomez – STAY
Next season needs to see Gomez remain fit and become the undisputed centre-back partner to Virgil van Dijk. Gomez has had another impressive campaign but now he needs to kick on and make the likes of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip largely redundant.
Dejan Lovren – GO
With a year left on his deal, it feels right that on the back of a Premier League title win, Lovren brings to an end his time at the club.
The Croat, particularly close with Mohamed Salah, can be seen as the weak link in the back four when he plays and Gomez is an all-round better defender to partner Van Dijk with.
He is already the fourth-choice centre-back option and it makes sense to place greater face in a youth product like Sepp van den Berg next season.
Joel Matip – GO
Matip has done admirably when he has filled in alongside Van Dijk but much the same sentiments as for Lovren, moving Matip on would not represent a major loss for Jurgen Klopp going forward.
Losing both is unlikely but it would allow both a promotion from the academy as well as a dip into the market for a new – and crucially younger – defender to be brought in.
Joel Matip has struggled with injury and could be let go with a young guard on the rise now
Andy Robertson – STAY
It is hard to find much better business than Liverpool plucking Robertson from Hull and turning him into one of the most lethal left-backs in European football.
Much like Alexander-Arnold, he has become indispensable to the way Klopp wants to play and crucially, he seems to have an insatiable appetite to dominate which will be vital to this talented group moving forward.
Virgil van Dijk – STAY
When players are judged from this group on the 2019-20 campaign, Van Dijk could come away with full marks. He has been flawless once again and his impact since arriving from Southampton in January 2018 cannot be stressed enough.
There is no offer great enough to entice Van Dijk out of Anfield right now. Untouchable.
Sepp van den Berg – STAY
One of a handful of signings last summer as Klopp kept to a minimum in tweaking his squad but as of now, his first-team experiences have been limited given the success of those ahead of him.
Klopp knows Van den Berg’s route into the side is congested as the fifth-choice option but after a year around the first-team group, now feels the right time to elevate the Dutchman closer to the team.
What he lacks in experience he makes up for in raw ability and with a nod to the future, it makes greater sense to ditch Lovren and promote the teenager.
Virgil van Dijk is the Reds’ best player and can guide a starlet like Sepp van den Berg (right)
Neco Williams – STAY
One of the breakthrough stars from this campaign and the odds on Williams now being allowed to leave on loan seem remote.
The 19-year-old came off the bench for his Premier League debut in the rout against Crystal Palace recently and is one of the latest to make it all the way from their academy to the first team.
His path to right-back is blocked by Alexander-Arnold but Klopp thinks highly of Williams and expect his minutes to increase in 2020-21.
Ki-Jana Hoever – STAY
Much like Williams and Van den Berg, Hoever is another young player creating plenty of noise behind the scenes at Liverpool.
Another Dutchman, Hoever arrived from Ajax in 2018 and spent plenty of time as a right-back. Considering Williams’ rise and also the fact he looks the best bet to keep Alexander-Arnold on his toes, he could follow Van den Berg and push for a role at centre back.
It would be a gamble to lose both Matip and Lovren but age is just a number and if these young Dutchmen are good enough, they are old enough.
Ki-Jana Hoever (middle) is young but is winning rave reviews and deserves to be kept on
Adam Lewis – LOAN
While there has been an emergence of talented right-backs and centre-backs flocking Merseyside, 20-year-old Lewis is the left-back competition for Robertson.
He made his senior debut against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield in the FA Cup in February.
But as Lewis himself admitted, he is keen to be in the thick of a senior environment and so a loan may suit all parties with Robertson a model of consistency in terms of fitness and form.
Tony Gallacher – LOAN
Another who could benefit from some time away, Gallacher is a regular for the U23 side.
The Scot is not as close as Williams in breaking into the first-team group, and could even find himself behind both Hoever and Van den Berg and so needs a chance to test himself against professionals to return a better player.
Fabinho – STAY
It took a while for the Brazilian to find his feet in England but once he did it was bad news for Liverpool’s rivals.
At 26, Fabinho still has plenty left in the tank and there are few better defensive screeners than the former Monaco man. Invaluable in a system which puts so much emphasis on attacking in numbers.
Jordan Henderson – STAY
Captain Fantastic. Henderson’s trajectory at the club has been immense and he is enshrined in club folklore having been the captain to guide them to their first Premier League title.
While there looks set to be some changes in the middle of the park, Henderson will not be one of them.
Jordan Henderson’s career trajectory has been incredible and he is forever in Liverpool history
Naby Keita – STAY
It’s been a difficult start for Keita on Merseyside.
Arriving from RB Leipzig he has been hamstrung by multiple injuries and has struggled to get any sort of rhythm in a bid to discover his best form.
No player brings more frustration than Keita right now given his obvious talent but despite setting up the opener against Aston Villa, it still does feel like Klopp and his staff are waiting for what they bought. Deserves another season – staying healthy – to make his case.
James Milner – STAY
Promoting youth comes with a need to retain experience and in Milner, Klopp has the ultimate pro.
The 34-year-old was originally doubted by Klopp but he has gone on to be crucial in their Champions League and Premier League successes.
Worth keeping around even if minutes are reduced for fresher legs.
James Milner (left) is an invaluable source of wisdom for Klopp with so many young stars
Georginio Wijnaldum – GO
The ongoing pursuit of Thiago Alcantara cannot go on without a spot opening up and it makes most sense for Liverpool to cash in on Wijnaldum with just a year left on his deal.
The Dutchman has improved immeasurably under Klopp and his coaching staff and his stock has risen to where he is now a domestic and European title winner.
It may be that the club opt to strike a new deal with Wijnaldum but if they are serious about getting Thiago, it could be that an offer too enticing to reject arrives for Wijnaldum.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – STAY
How Oxlade-Chamberlain is getting on at Liverpool may vary depending on who you ask.
Some will say his rotten luck with injuries has stifled his progress while others may say he simply hasn’t improved to the level many expected when he joined from Arsenal.
But Oxlade-Chamberlain has proven his worth in high-leverage moments and is a sharp-shooter from range which is key if the ruthless front three find themselves on an off day. With Adam Lallana already leaving at the end of his extended deal this summer, Oxlade-Chamberlain represents a useful squad player going forward.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should stay on but needs to elevate his game if he stays healthy
Curtis Jones – STAY
Much like Williams, Jones has been one of the biggest storylines to come out of the club’s academy this season.
He signed a new five-year contract earlier this month and Klopp admitted at the weekend that Liverpool will ‘have a lot of fun’ with Jones in their ranks in the future.
Jake Cain – LOAN
While Cain is a name on Klopp’s radar, he may need to take a leap of faith to really elevate his stock to the point where he can be considered, like Jones, a realistic first-team player.
Impressing for the U23s, it just comes down to how ready he feels to try himself in the rigours of the lower divisions.
Harvey Elliott – STAY
It is hard to argue that any player benefits more from Liverpool missing out on Timo Werner than Elliott.
The 17-year-old has caught the eye in the fleeting moments he has been thrown in by Klopp and more opportunities are likely to follow next term. He was rewarded with his first professional contract on Monday.
Since arriving from Fulham over a year ago, there has been a buzz about Elliott’s potential and while he remains very young, he has the swagger and confidence of a player ready to try and make his mark.
Harvey Elliott has got tongues wagging at Melwood and Klopp already takes a shine to him
Sadio Mane – STAY
Selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona allowed Klopp to reinvest and build a title-winning squad but he cannot allow LaLiga to come and poach his front three.
Mane has attracted interest from Real Madrid but the Senegalese is irreplaceable with his electric speed down the left and his composure in front of goal.
Mohamed Salah takes the plaudits but Mane is a must-keep at any cost.
Mohamed Salah – STAY
Salah’s importance on this team is obvious but it showed itself best when he was forced to sit out the stale Merseyside derby in Liverpool’s first game back as part of the Premier League restart.
Liverpool looked out of sync and it was down to Salah’s absence. His omission led to the likes of Carragher to bemoan the inefficient back-ups.
Both Mohamed Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (right) need to be kept at all costs; irreplaceable
Roberto Firmino – STAY
Nobody in the league plays the centre-forward position quite like Firmino – he has reinvented it.
His work out of possession often gives him a free pass from his goalscoring totals but when replaced by Divock Origi, the drop-off, much like it was with Salah, feels significant and that speaks volumes.
Divock Origi – GO
This is where the clearout needs to start. Origi has established himself as a cult hero having scored huge goals – the Merseyside derby winner, that corner goal against Barcelona and the strike in the Champions League final against Tottenham.
But as both Carragher and his Sky Sports colleague Souness have said, the drop-off after Firmino, Mane and Salah is greater than it should be.
Missing out on Werner feels significant but it is undeniable that to retain their status as league champions, they cannot persist with Origi from the bench.
Divock Origi (right) has had a number of headline moments for the club but his time is now up
Xherdan Shaqiri – GO
Another that needs to be sent on his way.
Newcastle are said to be targeting the Switzerland international if their £300million takeover is ratified and there would not be too much resistance from those at Anfield to see him depart.
He was a left-field addition to this squad two years ago and he looks unlikely to be able to force his way back into reckoning.
Xherdan Shaqiri is another who is likely to be shown the door having been used less and less
Takumi Minamino – STAY
Arriving in January from Red Bull Salzburg with Liverpool’s juggernaut already close to unstoppable was always going to be a tough ask.
The key moving forward will be finding the best position for the Japan international.
Has appeared like both he and Klopp are still trying to work that out with Liverpool wedded to their 4-3-3 that has brought so much success.
Ben Woodburn – LOAN
A dreadful season with injury has halted Woodburn from making real progress while out on loan and it could prove costly.
He has been limited with Oxford United this season and has failed to set the world alight since Liverpool first sanctioned a loan deal for him in 2018 to join Sheffield United.
With Elliott three years his junior, he needs to grasp a loan spell to make his case once again.
Harry Wilson (left) may opt to continue first-team football rather than accept a peripheral role
Harry Wilson – GO
While Bournemouth are enduring a miserable campaign which is on course to end in relegation, Wilson is one of few to emerge with a reputation intact.
The Wales international may still hold out hopes of making it in Klopp’s first team but with Mane, Salah and Firmino going nowhere, it seems unlikely Wilson will give up regular first-team minutes for a peripheral role at Anfield.
Could suit all parties to sell this summer.
Sheyi Ojo – GO
Another who may be better served leaving Liverpool for good.
Ojo has spent this season under the tutelage of former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at Rangers and has earned rave reviews from those north of the border.
With the road to prosperity at Liverpool littered with obstacles and having already had a taste for senior football, Ojo may look to secure a move.