Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, and Roberto Firmino will all depart Liverpool.



James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all leave Liverpool at the end of the season, the club has confirmed.

The contracts of all four players expire this summer.

They were all part of the squad that won the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2019-20.

BBC Sport understands Brighton are closing in on a deal for Milner, 37, who has won six major honors at Liverpool.

A statement from Liverpool said: “All four players will walk away with our gratitude and appreciation for the contribution they have made.”

The club added that special tributes will be paid to the players in the Reds’ final home game of the Premier League season against Aston Villa on Saturday. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp had already outlined the club’s intentions to be active in the summer transfer window.

His team have had a difficult season, but seven consecutive wins mean they are now fifth in the Premier League and can still qualify for the Champions League.

Milner and Firmino joined the club in 2015 under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers and won a historic Premier League title in 2020 – the club’s first triumph in 30 years – and the FA Cup last season.

Former Manchester City midfielder Milner, who made 330 appearances for the club, played in 617 Premier League games, the third most in league history.

Firmino became the Brazilian striker with the most goals in Premier League history in 2019 and now has 80 goals in 254 in the top flight, but hasn’t played since March. The 31-year-old will be best remembered at Anfield for his time playing alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as part of a prolific front three under Klopp.

Klopp had said he wanted Firmino to stay and although the striker was in talks for a new contract, he has decided to go ahead.

Keita, who has scored 11 goals in 129 appearances, signed in 2017 but has made just 12 appearances this season due to injuries.

Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain has also struggled for minutes this season, making just 13 appearances, the most recent of which came against Real Madrid in Liverpool’s Champions League final-16.

The 29-year-old arrived in 2017 and made 146 appearances for the club, scoring 18 goals. Liverpool’s summer of transition – Analysis

Liverpool’s announcement that the veteran quartet Firmino, Milner, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be leaving Anfield came as no surprise.

What it does confirm, however, is that this will be a transitional summer as manager Klopp refreshes a team who will end the season without silverware after chasing four trophies last season, winning the FA Cup and League Cup.

Firmino has been a central figure in Liverpool’s impressive prize fund under Klopp, but the succession plan for the Brazilian already appears to have been resolved with the signing of Cody Gakpo.

It is in midfield that Klopp will shine the spotlight as Milner, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain depart and with captain Jordan Henderson celebrating his 33rd birthday in June.

Jude Bellingham won’t be coming, but Liverpool are planning to strengthen seriously in that area, with Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Brighton’s World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister topping their list of potential summer targets.

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One thought on “Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, and Roberto Firmino will all depart Liverpool.

  1. Hilandy 21 May 2023 at 13:36

    Klopp is a good Couch


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