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5 Liverpool first-team players who could leave in January

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Jurgen Klopp may have to offload a few players in January

Despite all the criticism that came his way in the summer for Liverpool's lack of promising transfer activity, manager Jurgen Klopp can look back at the window and deem it a success.

Mohamed Salah's signing has proven to be a masterstroke for the Reds, while Alex Oxlade Chamberlain already looks a better player than what he was at Arsenal. The likes of Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke may not be heavily involved in the first-team action, but have done a decent job when called upon by the German manager.

One criticism that does not seem to go away is Klopp's lack of quality defensive options. The January window could be used by the former Borussia Dortmund coach to rope in a few central defenders that could help the Reds secure a top-four berth for the second season in a row and also to have a go at continental glory.

While we are not expecting a major overhaul in January, there could be a few players that will be looking to find a way out of the club due to the lack of playing time or other personal and contractual reasons. Philippe Coutinho seems to be content at the moment, and will thus not be a part of this list.

Here are five players that could be on their way out in January:

#5 Lazar Markovic

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Markovic is yet to play a single minute of first-team football for Liverpool this season

Signed for £20 million back in the summer of 2014, Lazar Markovic seemed like a good future investment made by the club. After impressing at Partizan and Benefica, the Serbian appeared to be destined for a glowing future at Anfield under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers.

However, Rodgers was soon shown the door at the club, and Markovic never lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he joined the Reds. To get his career back on the right track, the former Benfica starlet spent a few seasons out on loan at Fenerbahce, Sporting CP and Hull City, but failed to make the cut at either of the clubs.

While the 24-year-old is a part of Liverpool's league squad this season, he is yet to make a single appearance for them. On top of that, he isn't even featuring for the reserves - putting his Liverpool future in serious jeopardy.

With Markovic not buying into Klopp's philosophy, he could force an exit from the club in the January transfer window.

Also read: 5 centre-backs Liverpool should consider signing this January

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