As English Premier League side Liverpool begin to look ahead to the 2017/18 campaign, the club have released their list of retained players, detailing which players will remain at Anfield, as well players who have been deemed surplus to requirements by the club.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have chosen release seven players, none of whom were able to convince manager Jürgen Klopp that they deserved to extend their contracts with the club. The most notable name on the list is that of veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger, who is retiring from the game at the age of 40 after failing to play a single match under Klopp.
The Merseyside club will also release a number of young players, including the likes of promising 19-year-old Adam Phillips, who was once touted by a number of optimistic fans as the new Steven Gerrard. Former Liverpool Under-18s captain Tom Brewitt is also set to leave, as the centre-back has failed to find a space in Klopp’s plans for the future of the club.
Striker Jack Dunn will be moved on after a series of uninspiring loan moves, culminating in a spell in the National League with Tranmere Rovers last season. Spanish winger Madger Gomes also leaves after failing to build upon his reputation as an exiting prospect for his national side’s Under-18 team.
Injury-troubled midfielder Jack Brimmer will call time on a frustrating youth career at Liverpool, while right-back Kane Lewis is the final player on the list to leave the Reds this summer. The released players will now most-likely drop down to lower levels of the game, seeking to stave off reoccurring injuries in their quest to claw their way back to the top tier of English football.
Liverpool are set to have a busy summer transfer window, with Klopp keen to strengthen his side for the upcoming season. The Reds will be back in the Champions League next season, and they have already been hard at work attempting to land such signings as Roma’s Mohamed Salah. England Under-20 World Cup star Dominic Solanke will also join the side this summer.