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Jurgen Klopp expected to ‘cull’ Liverpool roster in summer

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp may have done an incredible job with the team he inherited, but he plans to do more than simply bring in a few of his former Borussia Dortmund players in the summer.

According to former Liverpool and Ireland striker John Aldridge in an interview with 888sport, Klopp is very likely to put the Reds through a complete roster overhaul and engage in a ‘mini-cull’ of the players he isn’t in love with. Aldridge explained that when Klopp took over Dortmund in 2008, he released 17 incumbent players while signing 12 of his own in just the first year with the German giants.

‘When Jurgen took over at Dortmund in his first close season he let 17 players go and brought 12 in. That might tell you something,’ Aldridge said.

‘Thankfully Liverpool don’t need to do that but it needs slimming down and I’m sure there will be comings and goings. He has already brought two players in and there may be five or so more.

‘You might be looking at Kolo Toure because of his age and obviously (Martin) Skrtel. (Jose) Enrique will go, (Adam) Bogdan will probably go and there are question marks over a number of midfielders. There will be a mini-cull at Liverpool.’

Klopp has led Liverpool to the Capital One Cup Final and the Europa League semi-finals in just his first year with the team.

Liverpool have already been mathematically eliminated from the Premier League title chase and their most realistic chance of securing a spot in the Champions League is winning the Europa League after taking down Villarreal and either Sevilla or Shakhtar Donetsk.

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