Three ‘new signings’ for Liverpool next season – and they are already at Anfield

Thirteen games remain of this Premier League season, but glances are already being cast towards the summer, and what Jurgen Klopp can do to strengthen his Liverpool squad.

But some of the solutions might reside within the walls of Melwood.

The party who headed to La Manga provides insight to what the German has at his disposal for the rest of the season.

It also highlighted who might be waiting on the periphery, yet to be given a proper chance at Anfield, because of circumstance.

Dejan Lovren headed a five-strong list of absentees from the trip to south east Spain.

The Croatian has not been forgotten, but a few others have – and it could be that, come the summer, their presences help swell the squad.

They could also save Klopp a headache, as well as a few pennies.

These are the three players you might have forgotten about who could be like new signings for the Reds next season.

Joe Gomez

What happened?

Struck down with a season-ending knee injury within days of Klopp’s arrival in October 2015, it has been a long road back for the teenage defender. He returned after 15 months out in the goalless draw with Plymouth in January, and has made a further two appearances at centre-back since. He continues to work tirelessly to regain full fitness, both with the senior side and the Under-23s.

How will he fit in?

Klopp is an admirer of Gomez and regards him as a central defender, rather than full back. With the future of Lucas Leiva still to be decided, there could be opportunities for the 19-year-old to establish himself back in the first-team squad. If he can regain fitness and form, he could even push for a place in the starting line-up.

Danny Ings

What happened?

What hasn’t happened to the unfortunate striker? Like Gomez, Ings suffered a serious knee injury in the week of Klopp’s appointment, and would not return until the final game of the season at West Bromwich Albion. After a strenuous pre-season and time with the Under-23s early in the campaign, Ings was used as an option off the bench by Klopp. Sadly, his last cameo against Tottenham in the EFL Cup in October would see another knee injury, and another season ended.

How will he fit in?

The striker had impressed during his brief outings this season, and looked sharp in the aforementioned win over Spurs. Still only 24, Klopp has often praised Ings’ ability, regarding him as a genuine option in the front line. How useful he would have proven in recent months given the loss of form to both Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi. Providing he can come back from this once more, he is a solid squad option.

Marko Grujic

What happened?

The Serbian had to wait six months to make his debut for the club initially, with the Reds loaning him out following his capture from Red Star Belgrade last January. One of the stars of pre-season, Grujic found himself handed a few opportunities off the bench by Klopp, before his maiden campaign began to unravel due to injury. He has not been seen since November due to an ongoing hamstring tendon problem.

How will he fit in?

Liverpool’s midfield has lacked a bit of physicality and variety this season, and even though Grujic is inexperienced and still must adapt to the English game, he has been missed as an option. With just five appearances so far for the Reds, he truly would feel like a fresh face come next season, and would offer Klopp the possibility of giving Jordan Henderson or Gini Wijnaldum a rest. Still only 20, there could be plenty more to come from the Serbian.

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