Liverpool said in a statement that “all four players will depart with our gratitude and appreciation for the contribution they have made.” The team also stated that the Reds’ last home Premier League match of the year against Aston Villa on Saturday will feature special tributes to the players.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has already stated the club’s plans to be active during the summer transfer window.Despite a challenging season, his team is presently fifth in the Premier League and still has a chance to go to the Champions League after seven straight victories.
In 2019, Firmino broke the record for most goals scored by a Brazilian striker in the Premier League. He currently has 80 goals in 254 appearances in the top division, but he hasn’t played since March.
The 31-year-old’s time playing with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as a part of a productive front three under Klopp will be remembered most for his time at Liverpool.
Firmino had been negotiating a new deal when Klopp indicated he wanted him to stay, but he has decided to leave the club.
Keita, who has 11 goals in 129 games, was signed in 2017, however this season he has only made 12 appearances due to injury issues.
It does, however, indicate that this summer will be one of change as manager Klopp retools a team that will finish the season without trophies after pursuing four last season, winning the FA Cup and League Cup.
The arrival of Cody Gakpo looks to have addressed Firmino’s succession plan, despite the Brazilian’s significant role in Liverpool’s remarkable trophy collection under Klopp.
As Milner, Keita, and Oxlade-Chamberlain go and captain Jordan Henderson becomes 33 in June, midfield is where Klopp will place his concentration.