From the outside looking in, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi appear to be surplus to requirements in the upcoming season, and for entirely different reasons.
Despite having a severe drop-off in quality after Roberto Firmino, it seems likely that manager Jürgen Klopp will let both of the strikers go in the summer window. Sturridge, tragically, can’t stay healthy. Origi, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be able to cut it within Klopp’s tactically-demanding system.
If Klopp is planning on moving on one or both of the strikers, he’s being typically coy about his summer plans.
“How it is for all of them,” Klopp said in a post-match interview following the 3-2 preseason friendly win over Tranmere Rovers.
“They have all the quality, you can see that, you saw it four or five days ago that they are all really good football players, but it’s not to show and we have our ideas.
“The boys, we need them. We play the games, we have the training sessions, they are nice fellas so it’s nice to have them around and then let’s see how it fits at the end.
“But it’s all about the boys, my door is that wide open so why should I make a decision today? I watch the games, I lead the sessions and then I make a decision at a specific point, but that’s not today and it’s not next week so we have still time.
“Everybody has a place [here]. I would be really crazy if I would not give these boys a chance - they are fantastic players, they’ve played fantastic games, so we will see what happens.”
As we saw last year with Alberto Moreno, Kloppo is more than willing to give a second, third, and fourth chance, so long as the effort in training is there. We might yet be surprised by one or both of these strikers sticking around.
Though, if we’re honest, it is far more likely than not that they will be moved on.