Roberto Firmino among quartet of Liverpool players to leave club at end of season

Ahead of a rebuild planned for the summer, Liverpool have confirmed that four high-profile players will leave at the end of the season.

Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all leave when their contracts expire this summer, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

“The quartet will embark on new chapters in their careers following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season, having helped the Reds lift a number of the game’s top honors during their spells at Anfield,” he said Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have endured a disappointing campaign after coming close to winning a treble of trophies last year.

With just two games left in the season, Liverpool need Manchester United or Newcastle to escape if they are to secure Champions League qualification. They are one point off the top four, having played one game more than the two teams above them.

Klopp is expected to strengthen in midfield and space will be created with the departures of Keita, Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Liverpool manager has overhauled his attack, with Sadio Mane leaving last summer and Darwin Núñez, Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo all coming in.

Firmino has endured an injury-hit season and has usually been on the bench even when fit.

Firmino, Keita, Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain were part of the Liverpool team that won the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League title in 2020.

“All four players will leave with our thanks and appreciation for the contribution they have made,” Liverpool said.

Report from The Associated Press.

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