Liverpool has confirmed that Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be leaving the club this summer, as all four players are out of contract at Anfield at the end of next month. Jurgen Klopp had already confirmed that Firmino would be moving on, but the destinations of the other three players are not yet known.

There are reports that Milner, the Reds’ vice-captain, is strongly linked with a switch to Brighton, while the dual departure of Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain could be the start of a wider midfield clear-out at Anfield during the upcoming transfer window. Liverpool badly needs to revamp their midfield department ahead of next season.

Keita, who joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018, is the shortest-serving of the quartet, all of whom won the 2019/20 Premier League title under Klopp. Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at the club in 2017, while Firmino and Milner are both about to bring the curtain down on their eight-year spells with the 2018/19 European champions.

A wealth of experience on the way out of Anfield

Roberto Firmino leaves Liverpool as one of the club’s highest Premier League scorers, with only five players, including current teammate Mo Salah, having found the net more times in the competition for the Reds. The Brazilian forward was a firm favourite with Reds fans and made the most appearances out of the departing foursome, with James Milner not far behind.

While Firmino and Milner remained relatively regular in the team up to and including this season, Naby Keita‘s final campaign at Anfield was typically injury-hit, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fell down the pecking order, featuring just 13 times in all competitions in 2022/23. The departures of these experienced players will be a significant loss for Liverpool, who will need to rebuild their midfield department ahead of next season.

By Lylla

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