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Five Liverpool stars who could leave the club in January

Ryan Smart

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Five Liverpool stars who could leave the club in January

Liverpool could have a busy January transfer window in terms of incomings, having been linked with a wide variety of players. But a number of current first team names could also be moving on.

A number of Reds stars have struggled with injury this term, with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain among those to miss substantial periods of time.

Those two players are out of contract, alongside other Liverpool players. If the Reds decide not to extend some or any of the expiring deals, they could sell those players in January.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been heavily linked with moves for midfield duo Jude Bellingham and Enzo Fernandez, while other top stars such as centre-back Josko Gvardiol, attacking midfielder Mason Mount and forward Youssoufa Moukoko are also reportedly of interest to the club.

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Should any of those players come in, Klopp might need to think about balancing out his squad by moving on some of his current players, while others could leave in search of more game time.

Here are five players that could leave Anfield in January.

Naby Keita

It's been an exceptionally difficult season for Naby Keita, who has yet to play a senior competitive game due to injury since the season-opening Community Shield clash with Manchester City.

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The Guinea midfielder has undoubted quality when fit, but his current contract expires in the summer, and he has been linked with a move away from Liverpool.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Another player whose contract expires next summer, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has recently returned from a serious injury suffered during pre-season.

But he has been limited to 32 Premier League appearances since the beginning of the 2020/21 season, and Liverpool may decide that now is the time to move the 29-year-old on.

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Bobby Clark

Having impressed throughout his time at youth level, 18-year-old Bobby Clark has trained with the first team this season. He made his senior debut during the 9-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League in August.

Clark has featured during the Dubai Super Cup this month, and may be loaned out in January. Championship side Preston North End, who have previously had success in developing Reds defender Sepp van den Berg, have been linked with making a move for the midfielder.

Caiomhin Kelleher

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Perhaps a wildcard selection, Caiomhin Kelleher has been superb for Liverpool in cup competitions, and was the hero in last season's penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in the final. However, his prospects of overhauling Alisson to become the club's number one any time soon look very unlikely.

At 24, it might be that the Republic of Ireland international decides now is the time to pursue a regular starting spot elsewhere. For now, though, it appears that he will stay on Merseyside - but things can still change.

Nathaniel Phillips

Nat Phillips will go down in Liverpool folklore for stepping up and helping his side to Champions League qualification during the injury-ravaged 2020/21 season.

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He made 17 league appearances during that campaign following injuries to centre-back trio Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Whilst the 25-year-old was never likely to retain his place once those players returned, he has remained an able deputy. But the defender, who spent part of last season on loan at Championship side Bournemouth, may want to move on a permanent deal in January.

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Liverpool, Premier League, Naby Keita, Jurgen Klopp, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Transfers

Ryan Smart
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