Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool cull is in full flow, with Jordon Ibe, Martin Skrtel, Jerome Sinclair and 12 others ushered out of Anfield for good, bringing in close to £30m in return, while a few more seem to be hovering around the exit.
Despite his endeavours for Wales at Euro 2016, and when called upon by Klopp last term, it seems Joe Allen won’t survive the clearout, as the Reds have reportedly accepted a £13m bid from Stoke for the 26-year-old dynamo.
Allen’s fellow midfielder Lucas is another in the firing line, with much talk that he’ll be used as a makeweight in Liverpool’s deal for Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum, a transfer expected to go through any day now.
Klopp’s pursuit of the Netherlands international can only be bad news for England counterpart Adam Lallana, as the late-blooming former Southampton man comes under intense pressure for his place in the XI.
Remember, Liverpool haven’t qualified for Europe next term, so will be restricted to Premier League and Capital One Cup fare before Xmas, with some FA Cup action added in the New Year, meaning there won’t be as many starts to go round.
This surely bodes well for their 6/4 top-four chances, especially with Brendan Rodgers’ Reds and Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United sides both managing as much in recent seasons bereft of European campaigns, but Lallana might not see it that way.
He was already doing well to get games at number ten, where the 28-year-old played more times than any other position last term, according to stat site WhoScored.com, in an attacking-midfield three also containing classy Brazilians Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Neither of them are going anywhere unless monster bids come in, and Lallana is two-and-half years longer in the tooth than Wijnaldum, with Coutinho and Firmino both younger still.
He may stick it out for a few weeks and see what happens, but it will be interesting to see how many Liverpool starts Lallana racks up before September, and the slow-motion close of the transfer window, rolls around.