Jurgen Klopp is shaping his squad as he starts his first full season in charge of Liverpool. The first two players to move on are, Jordon Ibe and Martin Skrtel, who have been sold for £15m and £5m respectively.
Ibe had so much potential and belief within the Liverpool ranks when he first burst onto the scene 18 months ago, with a debut man of the match performance in the Merseyside derby rightfully placing his name in the headlines.
Sky Sports have reported that he’s passed his medical and is ready to sign for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. This is likely to be confirmed Thursday.
He started off with so much potential, when his power and pace terrified the opposition defence. Something that had been missing in a Liverpool attack for a while.
Initially he had been compared to Raheem Sterling and was seen as a direct replacement when he moved to Manchester City.
When you saw images of how he and Klopp had bonded, you’d have thought he’d be in his future plans. Under Klopp it looked like his development was in the hands of the German who has a great record of turning youngsters stars into world-class stars.
Next on the hit list was defender Martin Skrtel who has now completed a medical with Turkish club Fenerbahce according to Sky Sports reports.
Skrtel had fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp during the season. This mainly down to some high-profile blunders and seemingly being a yard off the pace not coping with the high line and pressing. The result was him making just 27 appearances in 63 games. The least since he moved to the club in 2008.
Klopp is shaping his squad
The signing of Joel Matip just recently is expected to partner either Lovren or Sakho. Joe Gomez has also returned to full fitness meaning there are now 4 central defenders available. Klopp has now decided time for him to move on….
I’m sure that between now and the start of the season we’ll see at least 2 new midfield additions.
The 3rd high-profile player likely to leave Anfield is striker Mario Balotelli. Recently being told he has to find a new club as detailed in my article No longer a Super Mario.