So how would Liverpool cope with his departure. talkSPORT.com looks at how Liverpool *could* line up next season.
RELEASING HENDO (4-3-3)
On Tuesday night, Jurgen Klopp apologised for playing Jordan Henderson out of position for a year-and-a-half while Liverpool captain.
The midfielder has operated in a deep role for club and country, almost like a No.6 just sitting In front of the back four. However, it was his lung-bursting runs and attacking play which earned him a £20million move from Sunderland in 2011.
With Fabinho and Neves able to interchange between attacking and defensive transitions for the Reds, the England international can bomb on and join the attack, with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fantastic alternatives from the bench.
Fabinho’s versatility means he can drop into the ‘false full-back role’ to cover Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold when they maraud forward. By dropping alongside the centre-halves when Liverpool are in possession, the Brazil international would allow the wingers to cut inside and create space on the overlap for the full-backs on the outside.
WING WIZARDS (4-2-3-1)
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s remarkable rise at Chelsea is eerily similar to that of David Neres of Ajax in that both men have faced adversity head on, despite their tender years.
Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to use the 18-year-old England international had led to rumours of a move away, while Neres was not guaranteed a starting place in Amsterdam until February of this year – remarkable considering he scored 14 goals and registered 13 assists last season.
Both play with a direct and fearless style which make them nightmares for defenders to stop and Liverpool’s relentless pressing and counter-attacking style would be perfect.
With Mohamed Salah using his pace in behind to stretch teams, the mercurial Roberto Firmino would be able to exploit the spaces in between defence and midfield.