Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes there will be more incomings and outgoings at Anfield before the summer transfer window closes.
The German was speaking after the Reds’ latest pre-season win against Wigan and admitted that a big effort will be made to move on those who would be playing no more than a bit-part role in the upcoming season.
With Martin Skrtel and Jordon Ibe the latest to depart, the next names expected to be heading out of the exit door are Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic.
“A few things will happen I am pretty sure,” Klopp told reporters. “I don’t know exactly what, but on both sides it makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don’t have a real opportunity to play.
“When there’s no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense to stay. The players are young… we will not loan out our very young players, absolutely no chance.”
Klopp also said that there will be more fresh faces before the end of August.
He added: “We have a few players, maybe who want to leave us and I am pretty sure it will happen – and one or two more players will join us from other clubs. It’s a long time until the 31st of August and we have to work a little bit.”
The manager also spoke highly of £34m signing Sadio Mane, who has impressed for the club in pre-season.
“Everything is good,” Klopp told the club’s official website. “We are really happy about the transfer.
“We knew a lot about him as a player and we knew a little bit about him as a human being, good news. As a human being, he is better and nice as a player and everybody can see how he is as a player.
“It’s good for us, the squad. Everyone likes him. He likes the club, he likes the other players and he likes to work high quality. Today [he was] a little bit tired. Obviously, no problem – that’s how it is. All good.”