Two veteran Liverpool stars have been warned that they could become ‘surplus to requirements’ on Merseyside next year.
Former Scotland striker Frank McAvennie fears for both Jordan Henderson and James Milner as Jurgen Klopp plots to revamp an aging Reds engine room over the next six to eight months.
Milner, 36, made his 600th appearance for Liverpool in their final game before the World Cup break, becoming the fourth player in the clubs’ illustrious history to do so.
His contract is set to expire in the summer, while Henderson still has more than two years left on his deal.
But, speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie suggests Jurgen Klopp shouldn’t be relying on the pair every game.
He said: “They are two wonderful players and have been two wonderful servants for Liverpool.
“I think they will be surplus to requirements next year. If they can accept coming on for the last 15 minutes when they have got to control the game then that is what they have got to do.
“They had to play them all the time because of injuries. It is a young man’s game now and Milner is great to come on for the last 20 minutes or so.
“It is the same with [Harvey] Elliott, he has not been ready to play 90 minutes and that has cost Liverpool.
“They have got to hit the ground running when they get back because if they do not they are going to get swept away.”
Klopp has several midfield targets in mind
It’s common knowledge that Klopp is looking to add another body to his midfield, potentially in January.
Jude Bellingham is the German’s top target, but Dortmund will not do any business until next summer.
That leaves the likes of Youri Tielemans and Adrien Rabiot as realistic January targets, while West Ham and England star Declan Rice is another summer option.
One player who won’t be with the Reds next season is loan midfielder Arthur Melo.
The Juventus star has been injury-hit ever since he arrived on Merseyside and has little or no chance or earning a permanent contract.
Liverpool are not back in action until December 22 when they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.