With Jurgen Klopp set to leave Anfield in 2024, it’s been rumoured he’s starting to prepare the next Liverpool team for years to come, so let’s have a look at what the team could look like by the 2026/27 campaign.
Goalkeeper– Alisson Becker
At the age of 28, the Brazilian goalkeeper is undoubtedly one of the best in the game. Some of football’s great goalkeepers are still kicking about in their 30’s with the prime example being Manuel Neuer, who is still going strong despite him being 34 years old.
Samir Handanovic, who is currently 36, and Keylor Navas, who is currently 34, are two other great examples of players that are still excelling in their position. With Alisson’s abilities and quality, he’ll surely be between the sticks in his 30’s.
Right Full-Back – Trent Alexander-Arnold
I think that out of every single player in the current squad, the most obvious player to still be playing at the club in 5 years’ time is none other than Trent himself.
At the age of 27, the Englishman will most likely be Liverpool’s new captain.
He’s the kind of player you can tell will retire at the club as a legend. Trent is currently the best right full-back in the world, and you best believe that by 2026 he’ll be miles ahead of 2021 Alexander-Arnold.
Right Centre-Back – Joe Gomez
Just like Trent, Gomez is a young bright talent for the Reds. At just 23 years old, he’s managed to solidify a position in the starting XI under Jurgen Klopp while also managing to help Liverpool win their first ever Premier League title.
By the time he’s 28, he’ll most likely be recognized as one of the best centre-back's in world football if he continues to develop the way he has.
Left Centre-Back – Dayot Upamecano
Now I know, why hasn’t van Dijk been chosen? Seeing as to how he’ll be 35 by the time the 2026/27 season rolls around, I feel like his time in the starting XI will start to diminish.
Despite this, I still believe he could be kicking around the team then, just not as a starter anymore. On the other hand, Upamecano has been a player that has been linked with Liverpool for quite a while.
The links to the 22-year-old have grown stronger after Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez’s long-term injuries, but Leipzig have made it more than clear that they won’t be selling the Frenchman in January.
If this transfer were to happen, I’d see it going through in 2021’s summer market. Just like Gomez, Upamecano is a young star with an unbelievable amount of talent, so much so that pretty much all big teams are keeping tabs on the player. It will be tough to sign Upamecano, but if we’ve learned anything these past few years, Michael Edwards can do anything.
Left Full-Back – Andrew Robertson
I’m not going to lie, I almost put Nuno Mendes for this position. This was one of the more tough choices in this list for me.
Although Nuno’s potential is astronomical, I just can’t see Robertson’s quality fade away by the time he’s 32. He might be a little bit slower than the Andy we have today, but he’ll most likely still be recognized as one of the best left full-backs in 2026.
Despite this, I can see Nuno Mendes taking his spot once Robertson’s time with the team is over.
Defensive Midfielder – Ruben Neves
With Wolves’ Diogo Jota signing from Liverpool and Ki-Jana Hoever going the other way, a transfer relationship has begun to spark between the two teams.
The 23-year-old is a highly talented midfielder with a bright future ahead of him. Already being a key player for both the Premier League club and the Portuguese international team, I can see Liverpool bringing him at some point in the future.
Neves currently has better defensive stats than any of Liverpool’s midfielders (without counting Fabinho since he has been playing as a centre-back) making him a very solid choice for the future defensive midfielder.
Right Centre Midfielder – Curtis Jones
The Englishman not only has an overwhelming amount of potential, but he also has a lot of confidence.
At the age of just 19, almost 20, by the time the 2026/27 campaign rolls around he will be an established midfielder in the team.
Having contributed 5 goals in 17 appearances so far while also holding a 92.3% pass success percentage, Curtis has become a contender for today’s midfield three.
These numbers are likely to skyrocket by the time he’s 25.
Left Centre Midfielder – Federico Valverde
Choosing the third midfielder was a very tough choice. Although Naby Keita is an option, seeing his current situation at the club makes me believe that he won’t fill in this spot in the future.
Other options I had in mind for who could take the empty spot in midfield were Nicolo Barella, Riqui Puig, and Jude Bellingham, but I’ve ultimately gone with the Uruguayan international.
Luring someone away from Real Madrid is never easy, so it would take a lot to bring the young star to the club. Despite putting him as the left side of midfield, I don’t feel as confident in this choice as some of the others.
If it does happen, Liverpool would have a fantastic player in their hands, one that at the age of 28 will most likely be one of the best in the world.
Right Winger – Harvey Elliott
The 17-year-old has been impressing for a long time, but in his current loan spell at Blackburn Elliott has shined.
He’s managed to score 4 goals and assist 6 times in his 18 appearances for the club.
These numbers are phenomenal for someone his age. Already a great passer and dribbler, the Englishman looks more than set to become one of Liverpool’s key forwards in the future.
Left Winger – Diogo Jota
The 24-year-old has enjoyed life at the club so far, having scored 9 times in 17 appearances for the Reds, with 7 of these being via getting substituted on.
By the time he’s 29, Jota will be a more complete and deadly player than he currently is.
Although he’s only been at the club for half a season, he’s quickly become a fan favourite and a player that will surely be loved and admired by the fans for years to come.
Striker – Erling Haaland
I wholeheartedly believe that sooner or later Haaland will find himself at Anfield again, but this time as part of the team.
At just 20 years of age, the Norwegian looks like one of the world’s best attackers having scored 36 goals and assisting 3 times in just 27 appearances for club and country.
Seeing as how deadly he is in front of goal today, when the 2026/27 season arrives, he will undoubtedly be known as the world’s best number 9.
Having him at the club would be a fantastic addition for years and years to come.
Honourable Mention – James Milner
Pretty sure he’ll still be kicking around the bench by the time he’s 63. Still waiting for him to sign a new 5-year deal.
By José Díaz Navarro (@Cheduardo99)