Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned Christian Benteke and Liverpool’s other outcasts: stay and you won’t play.

Klopp wants a leaner squad for the new campaign after using 39 players during Liverpool’s 63 matches last season.

The Reds do not have European football and Klopp has told his fringe players they are highly unlikely to figure.

The Liverpool boss has advised them to leave and in addition to Benteke, wants to move out Lucas, Adam Bogdan, Tiago Ilori, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic.

“A few things will happen, I’m pretty sure,” said the German. “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.

“We have a few players, maybe, who want to leave us and I’m pretty sure that 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.”

Benteke’s departure is on hold because Liverpool could not agree a fee with Crystal Palace, who offered £25million for the Belgium international.

Sadio Mane‘s arrival has demoted Benteke to fifth in the forwards’ pecking order and Klopp sees no point keeping players who will not play.


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