FSG need to do two things they’ve never done as Liverpool £100m transfer truth clear

FSG need to do two things they've never done as Liverpool £100m transfer truth clear

As Liverpool fought out a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in their final home game of what has been, for the majority, a disappointing season, it felt like the end of an era at Anfield.

Roberto Firmino and James Milner, the two players Jurgen Klopp has called upon most throughout his managerial career (not just since his own Reds arrival in October 2015), might have emerged from the bench to rescue Liverpool a share of the spoils, but in doing so they made their final home appearances for the clubs.

Along with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the quartet are already all confirmed to be leaving the Reds at the end of their contracts this summer. In doing so, they become the latest players who have won everything at Liverpool to leave the club, following on from last year’s exits of Divock Origi and Sadio Mane.

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“Nothing is forever, that’s how it is,” Klopp would say at his pre-match press conference on Friday when talking about the departing quartet. “There is always a moment. It’s a good moment because it means one chapter is closed, but we can start writing a new one. That’s good as well, for them and for us.”

Having come agonisingly close to winning an unprecedented quadruple last year, this last chapter hasn’t exactly gone to plan for the Reds and their latest departees. While a top four finish still isn’t mathematically impossible, Liverpool are expecting to compete in the Europa League next season.

Club bosses will be hopeful that one step back can pre-empt two steps forward, and that after a transitional year wrecked by injuries, the Reds will be in a position to challenge Premier League champions Man City at the top-end of the table once again next year. With it, a new era of Klopp’s Liverpool is upon us.

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