Liverpool’s much-vaunted top three could look very different next season, with the club set to break their transfer record for Darwin Nunez and Sadio Mane looking certain to leave.
With top scorer Mohamed Salah, exciting January signings Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino also as attacking options, manager Jurgen Klopp has plenty of decisions to make for next season.
The Reds manager could also be looking to bring a new face into the defense as he plans a Premier League and Champions League title push, with question marks over the midfielder’s combination as well.
So below, sports mail looks at how Liverpool could line up for the 2022-23 season once the transfer window ends.
Liverpool set to break transfer record for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has a lot of decisions to make about his squad for next season
One of the most secure positions on the team is Alisson Becker. Klopp has described substitute Caoimhin Kelleher as the best No. 2 in the world – and he may be – but there is little chance he will dislodge the brilliant Brazilian.
Always Alisson when he’s fit, at least in the Premier League and the Champions League. Kelleher will likely get a run in the domestic cups, with Adrian likely to provide additional injury cover.
Liverpool’s defense is probably already three quarters sewn. Full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold, right, and Andy Robertson, left, are among the team’s most crucial players.
Neco Williams, if he returns from loan at Fulham, and Konstantinos Tsimikas will provide competition on either side.
In the middle, however, the place next to defensive kingpin Virgil van Dijk in midfield is up for grabs. Joël Matip usually played in the league, with young Frenchman Ibrahima Konaté used in Europe.
Konaté could well work his way into the national starting line-up as he gets used to English football, with Joe Gomez also talented enough to play more of a role than last year’s injury season – but for the moment, he is the fourth choice .
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson
Ibrahima Konaté (left) could work his way into the Reds’ first-choice backline for next season
The midfield is the area of the pitch where space is most up for grabs. Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho is the clear favorite to play at the base of midfield, but beyond that things are less clear cut.
Club captain Jordan Henderson, 31, is and will remain a key player in the team, but won’t necessarily be first choice all the time – as will veteran James Milner.
When fit, gifted Spaniard Thiago Alcantara has the highest ceiling and showed it last season. He can expect plenty of playing time, although rotation to protect him can be frequent.
Gifted teenager Harvey Elliott (right) could finally cement a regular starting spot in midfield
Although Naby Keita had his best season at Anfield last year, he is still not consistent enough to command a first-team spot week in and week out, so teenager Harvey Elliott can cement a regular starting position .
The silky 19-year-old was first-choice at the start of the season before suffering a serious ankle injury, requiring surgery, in September. With a full pre-season behind him, this could be his year.
Leeds and England star Kalvin Phillips has been linked with a move but that move is a long way off at the moment.
Harvey Elliott, Fabinho, Thiago
Sadio Mane is almost certain to leave the club, with German side Bayern Munich enthusiastic
Everything could change in the top three, with Mohamed Salah potentially the only remaining first choice of the famed Salah-Roberto Firmino-Sadio Mane trio.
Mane is set to leave, potentially joining German giants Bayern Munich – with tricky Colombian Luis Diaz set to take his usual place on the left wing.
With Firmino out of favor, Diogo Jota is a known quantity, but Uruguay striker Nunez is likely to take the central No.9 position.
Portugal wonderkid Fabio Carvalho, a summer signing from Fulham, could be an interesting wildcard and may even be a midfield option, depending on how Klopp uses him.
Much like the midfielder, however, Liverpool fans should expect plenty of turnover next season to accommodate so much talent.
Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz
Potential new signing Calvin Ramsay, along with Williams, Matip, Tsimikas and Gomez could provide cover in defense.
The midfield is well supplied, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is leaving, with Henderson, Milner, Keita, Curtis Jones and highly rated youngster Tyler Morton battling for a place in midfield.
Up front, Jota will be the first reserve, with plenty of playing time for Roberto Firmino and the possible involvement of Takumi Minamino or youth team prospects Kaide Gordon and Oakley Cannonier.