Matip headlines Liverpool departures as club maps post Klopp era

OFFICIAL Matip headlines Liverpool departures as club maps post Klopp era

Eric Munene 18:00 - 05.06.2024

The players set to leave Liverpool in the summer transfer window

Liverpool Football Club has bid farewell to several familiar faces as they announce their Premier League retained players and departures list.

Among the departures are stalwarts Joel Matip and Thiago, marking the end of their respective chapters at Anfield.

Matip, who joined Liverpool from Schalke 04 eight years ago, leaves behind a legacy of resilience despite battling with injuries. Alongside Virgil van Dijk, he formed a formidable defensive partnership under Jurgen Klopp's tenure.

Thiago, acquired from Bayern Munich in 2020, struggled with fitness throughout his four-year stint, managing just one Premier League appearance in the 2023/24 season.

In addition to these seasoned players, Liverpool bids farewell to a cohort of promising young talents who failed to break into the first team.

Adam Lewis, Melkamu Frauendorf, Mateusz Musialowski, Nathan Giblin, Francis Gyimah, Luke Hewitson, Niall Osborne, and Cody Pennington are all set for new opportunities elsewhere.

These departures mark a significant transition for Liverpool, particularly with the departure of Klopp as manager.

Klopp's tenure saw Liverpool reclaim their status at the pinnacle of European football, ending a 30-year wait for a Premier League title and securing an array of silverware including the Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup (twice), UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.

Despite reaching the Champions League final twice under Klopp's guidance, in 2018 and 2022, Liverpool fell short to Real Madrid on both occasions.

Now, attention turns to the incoming manager, Arne Slot, who inherits the task of continuing Klopp's remarkable legacy.

Slot arrives with a burgeoning reputation following a successful three-year tenure at Feyenoord. The Dutchman's challenge will be to mold a Liverpool side capable of challenging the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal for the Premier League crown in the upcoming season.

As Liverpool bids farewell to familiar faces and ushers in a new era under Slot's stewardship, the club and its fans brace themselves for the next chapter in their storied history, filled with anticipation and the hope of continued success on both domestic and European fronts.