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Liverpool certainly brought a smile to many fans with their signings this summer. Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita more or less fixed our problems in the midfield and in goal. Xherdan Shaqiri seems to be a quality player that can do the job in a few positions.

The Reds haven’t sold many players either, so there is a real sense of competition for almost every spot in the team.

Liverpool haven’t had the luxury of quality squad players for a few years but now, it does feel like every position in the club has someone who can step up for a few games should someone from our starting XI miss out due to injury or suspension.

For every Roberto Firmino, we have a Daniel Sturridge or a Dominic Solanke. For every Fabinho, we have a James Milner or a Georginio Wijnaldum, and the list goes on.

The Reds, however, might have to take a few tough decisions come the end of the season.

While the new boys will have a greater chance of staying at the club, there would be some cuts next season if Klopp decides to freshen things up or increase the quality.

This is not to say that these players will not be of enough quality in the coming seasons but here are three Liverpool stars that might have to prove their worth this campaign or risk being sold in the future.

Daniel Sturridge

It certainly came as a surprise to me that the Englishman was set to stay at Anfield.

The Daily Star claims that Jurgen Klopp will give him one final chance to save his Anfield career and the boss was quoted by as saying:

“Who doubts Daniel Sturridge when he’s fit? I don’t. He’s an outstanding player, hopefully he can stay fit and then the future is bright.”

Well, Sturridge has looked fit in the pre-season games we played. There is a very slim possibility that he will be starting more games than Firmino for us this season but the Englishman does have a lot of talent.

Sturridge’s loan to West Brom did not work out last season but he still could do a decent job for us if he stays fit.

However, should he get injured as he has done throughout Klopp’s time at the club, it could mean goodbye for the Englishman.

Dominic Solanke is waiting on the wings to play more games and the competition is heavy for the striker’s role in the team.

Georginio Wijnaldum

There was always going to be some concern for the midfielders in the side after the arrival of Fabinho and Keita. The pair should be starting games for us as they give us everything we have been missing.

This is not to say that the Dutch international has not been a decent player for us. Wijnaldum has done what we have asked him to but he has never excelled as one of the best.

Unlike James Milner, who performed admirably as a left-back and then did a superb job in the midfield when a number of players were out injured, Wijnaldum has always given us 6/10s or 7/10s but not 9/10s.

The 27-year-old is not getting younger and there will be a lot of competition for the midfield slots in the coming years.

Wijnaldum played 35 games for us in all competitions last season but scored just a single goal with two assists to his name.

The former Newcastle man is a decent squad player but it might be better for us to give chances to youngsters rather than the 27-year-old.

Wijnaldum could still come good this season but the signs from the previous campaigns don’t point to that.

Adam Lallana

“Last season was so stop-start that it was more or less written off.”

That was Adam Lallana speaking to the Liverpool Echo in pre-season as the Englishman started just one Premier League game for us last campaign.

Lallana is one of the most gifted players in the Liverpool team and his energy makes him a fan favourite. However, an unfit Lallana is of no use to the side and this season could be make or break for him.

The 30-year-old is someone who cannot do a lot of running on the pitch and has to be used wisely by Klopp. But there is a chance he can come good given that he had a lot of time to rest last season.

The previous campaign was a disaster for Lallana as he picked up an injury in pre-season and never really came back into the team.

There has also been a major doubt about which position is the best for Lallana and now we seem to have the right men for our midfield, while our attack is set with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane out wide.

The former Southampton man is not a part of the first XI at Liverpool right now due to the new players in the team but he could do a decent job in a few cup games.

Read more: Arsenal legend feels French World Cup star would be a great signing for Liverpool

However, there are a lot of youth players at Liverpool and if Lallana doesn’t prove his worth, he could be forced to make way for another rising player.

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Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury

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Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was amongst the goals against Germany for the Netherlands but the defender has a rib injury, as per the Liverpool Echo.

The report claims that the centre-back has returned to the club after being ruled out of the friendly against Belgium.

A statement from the Dutch team (h/t Liverpool Echo) said:

“After consultation, it was decided to use the player only for the game against Germany.”

The report adds that Liverpool will assess the injury, and we will then get an idea of the extent of his problem.

Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk had a rib problem earlier in the season and was rested in our Carabao Cup loss against Chelsea. The Dutchman has been reliable at the back and is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s next game is against Huddersfield on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see who will play in the heart of the defence.

Jurgen Klopp can call upon Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip to partner Joe Gomez in the back as the match against the Terriers should not be the most difficult outing.

Gomez has been the other centre-back who has been brilliant for us this season and in all probability, Lovren should partner the English youngster.

Read more: Fabinho tips this Liverpool forward to become “one of the best” in the world

Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.

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“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that he knew about the difficulties in starting for Liverpool, and is willing to bide his time for his chance.

The former Stoke City attacker joined the Reds in the summer for £13million (h/t Mirror) but hasn’t scored a goal this season.

Shaqiri also has a couple of starts to his name but is hopeful of more chances as the season is still in its infancy. The 27-year-old was speaking to Aargauer Zeitung (h/t Mirror) and added that he is waiting for his opportunity to shine.

“You don’t have to keep me happy.

“The process has worked well for me so far. Sure, every professional wants to play. I do too, but there are still a lot of games to come.

“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.

“That’s why everything hasn’t been turned upside down overnight.”

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Swiss star was aware he would have to work hard to gain a foothold at Liverpool too.

“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”

Shaqiri has looked decent in all the games he has played and should get a few starts given we don’t face tough opposition in the coming weeks.

Read more: “There’s a great football culture” – Former Liverpool star credits club for helping his development

The Reds take on Huddersfield, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff in the three games after the international break, and this would be the ideal time to start the 27-year-old.

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Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker

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Divock Origi has emerged as a target for our Merseyside rivals Everton, according to Turkish outlet Aksam (h/t Mirror).

The 23-year-old isn’t a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, as per the report, and Everton boss Marco Silva is interested in the Belgian striker.

Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg last season but failed to light it up at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old has had a tough time in recent seasons at Liverpool and hasn’t played a single minute for the team this season.

The report claims that Everton are open to letting Cenk Tosun move to Besiktas if they can sign Origi from Liverpool.

The Belgian was linked to a couple of clubs in the summer window but Liverpool didn’t sell him as they weren’t getting what they wanted for the striker.

Divock Origi gave Liverpool the lead

With Daniel Sturridge back in form and Roberto Firmino leading the line, Origi would find it tough to get first-team minutes at Anfield.

We also have youngsters such as Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke trying to break into the first-team, thus adding more competition for the forward slots at the club.

It will be interesting to see if Everton follow up their interest in the winter window. There haven’t been many occasions of a player swapping clubs in Merseyside with the last one being Abel Xavier.

Read more: “There’s a great football culture” – Former Liverpool star credits club for helping his development

Origi does need to move away for more minutes on the pitch, and joining a new club should be his aim when the transfer window opens.

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