Four Liverpool stars who could defy Klopp after stern Champions League warning

Jurgen Klopp is adamant that none of his Liverpool players will ask to leave the club if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Reds face an uphill battle to finish in the Premier League top four this term after Fulham handed them a sixth straight home defeat on Sunday.

It has been a disastrous title defence for Klopp’s men, who could find themselves seven points adrift of the top four down in eighth by the close of play on Monday night.

Klopp insists he will maintain “loyalty” from the players even if they do drop out of the Champions League next season, saying on Saturday: “I know we have loyalty from the players.

“It is not a situation where a player in the squad says, ‘We are not in the Champions League so I have to leave’. That will not happen. I know them well enough to know that,” Klopp stated.

“The club is in a different situation and it will not be an issue with new players I can say that.”

However, there are four Liverpool players who could defy his warning in the summer transfer window.

Mohamed Salah

The Egyptian has been tipped to leave Anfield over the past year, and recent reports in Spain suggest he has already told Liverpool chiefs he wants to leave.

Should they fail to qualify for the Champions League, that could provide him with the perfect opportunity to force a move away.

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  • Georginio Wijnaldum

    With just over three months remaining on his current deal, Wijnaldum appears set to depart Liverpool on a free transfer at the end of the season.

    It is believed the Reds are still trying to convince him to pen an extension, yet the grim prospect of a year outside of Europe’s elite-level competition could deter him from doing so.

    Sadio Mane

    While he is yet to be linked with a move away from the club, Mane has developed into one of the world’s most talented forwards on Merseyside and may begin searching for pastures new if Champions League football isn’t on the cards next season.

    Madrid, Barca and other European juggernauts would almost certainly be interested.

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    Naby Keita

    He won’t exactly be forcing an exit, but the Guinean midfielder has failed to live up to expectations at Liverpool since joining in 2018 and could be offloaded by Klopp to raise cash this summer.

    Reports have suggested that Keita faces an uncertain Reds future heading into the next transfer window, and if he continues to struggle for fitness and consistency between now and the end of the season he could be moved on.

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