Danny Murphy tells Jurgen Klopp to begin Liverpool clear-out by selling six players
Danny Murphy has urged Jurgen Klopp to oversee a major overhaul of his squad after last night’s sobering Champions League defeat against Real Madrid.
Fortress Anfield was reduced to rubble after Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran riot and left with a 5-2 victory that has rendered the second leg a near irrelevance.
Out of both domestic cup competitions already and scrapping for a top four position in the Premier League, Liverpool are a world away from the position they were in 12 months ago when there was talk of an unprecedented quadruple being on the cards.
Murphy still believes Klopp is the man to restore Liverpool to their former glories but fears the club is in need of a ‘reset’ with the likes of Joel Matip and James Milner, stalwarts of the club’s recent success, now surplus to requiremets.
He told talkSPORT: ‘I think it’s time for a big reset, I think there’s going to be five or six gone in the summer.
‘I think Klopp knows, Klopp will get the opportunity to fix this and he deserves that opportunity, a hundred per cent.
‘I think most fans are with me on that. Is it easy getting players out the door? Some who will be on big money? We will have to wait and see.
‘But I think you’re looking at least half a dozen, maybe four of five at least – probably half a dozen coming in, in the summer.”
Pressed on which players could be heading out the door, Murphy stated: ‘Well I think there are some obvious ones who are nearing the end of their contracts or career.
‘When you’ve got Keita, Ox, Milner is near the end, that’s three in midfield, that leaves space then. You could probably throw Fabinho in there maybe, depending on how much you could get for him to get someone younger in that role with more energy.
“That would be three or four spaces in midfield that would give you carte blanche then to bring in new players and entice them in. Because it’s hard enticing players into a club, a big club, unless they’re the best in the world, who see so many players in your position, and think, ‘Where am I going to play?’
‘So some of them are definitely going to go, maybe a new centre-half, Matip has been there seven or eight years. Matip has been great by the way, it’s not a criticism of him, but there’s a time where the squad has to evolve.
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