Liverpool Announce Departures Of Daniel Sturridge And Alberto Moreno
Just days after being members of the squad in the Champions League final against Spurs, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno have been released by Liverpool.
Liverpool fans and players might still be celebrating their Champions League victory over Premier League rivals Spurs on Saturday night, and rightly so, but whilst the party must go on so must the business of building for next season.
Jurgen Klopp's side have had an incredible season over the past nine months. As well as becoming European champions for the sixth time the Anfield club also came second in the league, pushing Manchester City all the way.
But as soon as the season's finished the plan for Klopp and everyone around the club is to make them even better for next season.
The Reds have now taken the first steps with the announcement that Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno have both been released by the club.
In a statement on the website the club said, "Liverpool Football Club has today thanked Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno for their outstanding contributions to the club and wishes them all the very best for the future.
"The pair are set to leave the Reds this summer upon the expiry of their current contracts - and Jürgen Klopp has placed on record his gratitude for the roles they've played since arriving at Anfield."
Klopp gave his own statement saying, "The most important words to say to these two remarkable players is 'thank you'.
"They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they - as much as anyone - helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction. Without them we wouldn't be the team and club we are in this moment."
Both men were on the extended substitutes list in Madrid on Saturday but neither man got on as James Milner, Divock Origi and Joe Gomez were used as subs.
Sturridge was part of the famous SAS strike partnership with Luis Suarez that nearly won Liverpool the league under Brendan Rodgers but his time at Anfield has been plagued with injury.
Unfortunately for Moreno he'll be 'best' remembered at Anfield for his performance against Sevilla in the Europa League final in 2016.
It shows how far the team have come in such a short time that they've turned it round to win the Champions League.
Now is the right time for both men to leave Klopp's team but what does the future hold for them and the club?