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Liverpool could easily cope with big-money departure this summer

Liverpool’s squad is full of incredible depth, and that has marked quite the chance at Anfield. Over the last few years, new faces have been brought in and improved the quality of the team, and the Liverpool squad of 2019 is unrecognisable of the one that turned out even five years ago. Liverpool’s defence five years ago was made up of players like Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly, whilst players like Joe Allen and Victor Moses were in the midfield. It’s remarkable, then, just how quickly things have turned around.

Not only does increased quality and depth make Liverpool more deadly as a team, but it also makes the transfer market much less of a concerning period of time for the club. A few years ago, losing someone like Luis Suarez or Philippe Coutinho would have been nightmare inducing for Liverpool fans, given how reliant the club were on their key players. Now, though, outside of maybe 1 or 2 players, Liverpool could continue to impress without major reinvestment – as evidenced by the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona over a year ago.

This is an interesting topic of discussion, given that TeamTalk have reported this week that midfielder Naby Keita could be on his way out of Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp, it is said, is ready to sanction the midfielder’s departure at a loss, as he supposedly hasn’t been good enough this term.

Losing him wouldn’t be a step back for Liverpool. In reality, it would be quite the opposite, as it would serve as a representation of how far they’ve come.

This just goes to show how far Liverpool have gone in recent years. When a player that is rated at a whopping £58.5 million by Transfer Markt isn’t getting into the starting eleven regularly, you know your team is doing well, and that’s certainly the case for Keita. It must be said, the Guinean hasn’t been at his best this season, and he’s found it tough to force his way into the first team, but he has shown moments of class. In particular, he seemed to find a rich vein of form for a few weeks towards the end of 2018, so it’s clear that there is some talent there.

However, at Liverpool in 2019, only the best is good enough, and the good thing for Liverpool is that their team is so strong at this stage that losing Keita could be shrugged off fairly easily for the Reds. Between Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, James Milner, Adam Lallana and the returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, there’s no shortage of quality depth at Anfield. In fact, Keita’s lack of success this season is as much about the brilliant form of his midfield rivals as it is about his own struggles.

Liverpool have taken their game to another level this season, and that includes the performances of individuals. Players like Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum a few years ago were largely considered expendable. But now? They’re amongst the finest players in the Premier League.

The Reds are growing, and the fact that someone as talented as Keita has fallen by the wayside is a testament to that. Losing him wouldn’t be a step back for Liverpool. In reality, it would be quite the opposite, as it would serve as a representation of how far they’ve come.

Liverpool fans – what do you think of Keita? Would a replacement be needed?

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Liverpool could easily cope with big-money departure this summer
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