Only TWO remain at Anfield, three are at other Premier League clubs and central defensive pair were brutally axed at the end of the season... with Jurgen Klopp committing to two more years at Liverpool, where are the players from his first match now?

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Liverpool fans woke up to the exciting news on Thursday that their beloved manager Jurgen Klopp extended his contract with the club until 2026. 

The German had previously stated that he would leave Anfield when his contract expires in 2024, but he has now extended his stay on Merseyside into a second decade. 

Klopp's first match as Liverpool manager was on October 17, 2015, nine days after he was unveiled by the club as the successor to sacked Brendan Rodgers.

Having been 10th when he took over, Klopp has transformed the club in the six-and-a-half years since, leading them to four major trophies, including the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League in 2020.

A look back at Klopp's starting XI from his first match in charge of Liverpool at Tottenham illustrates just how far the club has come, with only two players from the matchday squad for the 0-0 draw still at the club - though captain Jordan Henderson was injured at the time and also remains.

Here, Sportsmail looks back at Liverpool's team from that day, what they have done since and where they now...

Jurgen Klopp issues instructions to his Liverpool players during the 0-0 draw at Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp issues instructions to his Liverpool players during the 0-0 draw at Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp issues instructions to his Liverpool players during the 0-0 draw at Tottenham

SIMON MIGNOLET, GOALKEEPER 

The Belgian goalkeeper was firmly established as Liverpool's No 1 when Klopp took over and played 55 matches in his first season at the club - which was Mignolet's third campaign at Anfield.

Klopp signed Loris Karius to be his new No 1 in the summer of 2016, but his fellow German's error-strewn displays meant Mignolet still saw plenty of first-team action for the next two seasons. Current No 1 Alisson was then signed in 2018, reducing Mignolet to just two cup appearances that season before the he returned to Belgium with Club Bruges, where the 34-year-old is in his third season as first-choice.

Simon Mignolet started Klopp's first Liverpool game

The Belgian is a regular for Club Bruges

Simon Mignolet started Klopp's first Liverpool game and is now a regular for Club Bruges 

NATHANIEL CLYNE, RIGHT BACK 

Clyne had been signed from Southampton by Rodgers in the summer of 2015 and Klopp quickly became a fan of his consistent all-round displays, with the England international playing 93 times in his first two seasons at Anfield - but injury problems then struck. 

A back injury ruled Clyne out of most of 2017-18 and allowed academy product Trent Alexander-Arnold to establish himself as first choice. Then he was loaned out to Bournemouth in January 2019 to try and regain match fitness, but an ACL injury then saw him miss another year of action before being released in 2020. Clyne, now 31, has spent the last two seasons at his first club, Crystal Palace.

Nathaniel Clyne was a regular in Klopp's early years

Clyne is now back at Crystal Palace

Nathaniel Clyne was a regular in Klopp's early years and is now back at Crystal Palace

MARTIN SKRTEL, CENTRE BACK

One of Liverpool's longest-serving players when Klopp took over, the Slovakian had been signed by Rafa Benitez in 2008 and was a key part of the team that nearly won the Premier League title in 2014. Klopp had no room for sentiment though and Skrtel was one of a large number of players shown the door at the end of his first season.

Skrtel was signed by Fenerbahce for £5million in 2016, where he spent three years before moving across Istanbul to Basaksehir - via a one-month spell at Atalanta in which he didn't play at all after failing to settle. Now 37, Skrtel returned to Slovakia for a swansong with Sparta Trnava last summer. 

Martin Skrtel was offloaded in 2016

Skrtel spent two years at Istanbul Basaksehir

Martin Skrtel was offloaded in 2016 and recently spent two years at Istanbul Basaksehir

MAMADOU SAKHO, CENTRE BACK

Having been Skrtel's defensive partner for three years, French maverick Sakho was another ruthlessly dealt with by Klopp as he was relegated to the reserves for being late several times during the team's pre-season tour to America in 2016. 

Sakho joined Crystal Palace on loan in January 2017, making the move permanent that summer and spending four-and-a-half years at the club before a move back to France with Montpellier last summer. Recently turned 32.

Mamadou Sakho was also moved on by Klopp

The Frenchman is now at Montpellier

Mamadou Sakho was also moved on by Klopp and the Frenchman is now at Montpellier

ALBERTO MORENO, LEFT BACK

The Spaniard played 50 times in Klopp's first season - Moreno's second at Anfield - but was lost his place after being made a scapegoat for Liverpool's 3-1 defeat by his former club Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final. 

Over the next three seasons Moreno's game-time gradually faded as Klopp first preferred to play James Milner out of position at left back, then signed and developed Andy Robertson. He left on a free transfer to Villarreal in 2019, for whom the 29-year-old was an unused sub during their 2-0 Champions League semi-final first leg defeat at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Alberto Moreno was a regular starter for 18 months

Moreno joined Villarreal in 2019

Alberto Moreno was a regular starter for 18 months but eventually left for Villarreal in 2019

LUCAS LEIVA, DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD

Though he never lived up to the hype around his signing from Gremio as a 20-year-old in 2007, Lucas' work ethic saw him became a cult hero at Anfield over a decade at the club and he was an important player for Klopp in his first two seasons - off the pitch as much as on it.

The defensive-minded Brazilian was allowed to leave on a free transfer to Lazio in 2017 as Klopp cultivated a more attacking style of play. He remains a key player for the Rome club five years on at the age of 35.

Lucas Leiva spent a decade at Anfield

The Brazilian has been at Lazio for five years

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva spent a decade at Anfield before moving on to Lazio in 2017

EMRE CAN, DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD

Having been signed following Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona in 2014, the German midfielder was a rare positive from that summer splurge under Brendan Rodgers and was then a key player in Klopp's first three seasons, culminating in Liverpool reaching the Champions League final in 2018.

A protracted contract saga was never resolved, however, and Can left for Juventus on a free transfer that summer. Since then, he and Liverpool have gone in opposite directions, with the 28-year-old lasting just 18 months in Turin before joining Borussia Dortmund, where he remains, while the Reds have won the Champions League and Premier League without him. 

Emre Can was a key player for Klopp until 2018

The German international is now at Dortmund

Emre Can was a key player for Klopp until 2018 and is now at Borussia Dortmund

JAMES MILNER, RIGHT WING

One of only two players from Klopp's first Liverpool match who is still at Anfield, Milner has been one of the German's most trusted lieutenants, alongside Henderson, in his six-and-a-half years at the club, appearing 284 times in a variety of positions and winning four major trophies.

Now 36, Milner looks set to leave Anfield at the end of the season when his contract expires, with a return to hometown club Leeds possibly on the cards.

James Milner started Klopp's first match

Milner still regularly appears for Liverpool

 James Milner started Klopp's first match and still regularly appears at the age of 36

ADAM LALLANA, ATTACKING MIDFIELD

Like Can, Lallana was also signed in the summer of 2014 in a £25m deal from Southampton. His best two seasons at Liverpool were his first two under Klopp, before niggling injury problems began to strike in 2017 and saw his playing time diminish. 

Well liked by the manager and fans, Lallana remained at Anfield until 2020, earning himself a Champions League and Premier League winners' medal before joining Brighton on a free transfer. His injury problems have cleared up on the south coast and at 33 he's a Premier League regular again.

Adam Lallana was a favourite of Klopp's

Lallana now turns out for Brighton

Adam Lallana was a favourite of Klopp's for years and now turns out for Brighton

PHILIPPE COUTINHO, LEFT WING

Having been a standout performer since arriving at Anfield under Rodgers in January 2013, the Brazilian playmaker took his game to a new level under Klopp, scoring 13 Premier League goals in the German's first full season and convincing Barcelona to pay a staggering £140m for him in January 2018.

Things started well for Coutinho at the Nou Camp, with 10 goals in 22 games at the end of that season, but he had a disappointing first full campaign and his career has never recovered. Now 29, he's currently on loan at Aston Villa playing for former Reds captain and team-mate Steven Gerrard, having also been shipped out to Bayern Munich in 2019-20.

Philippe Coutinho was sold for £140m in 2018

Coutinho is now back in the Premier League

Philippe Coutinho was sold for £140m in 2018 and is now back in the Premier League

DIVOCK ORIGI, STRIKER

Like Milner, Origi is still at the club but will be leaving in the summer. The Belgian striker, still only 27, has had an up and down career at Anfield but will always be a cult hero after scoring crucial goals in the semi-final and final as Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019.

Origi has also spent long spells out of the team, making just 15 Premier League appearances in the last two seasons, and was loaned out to Wolfsburg in 2017-18. 

Divock Origi led the line in Klopp's first match

Origi netted last weekend against Everton

Divock Origi led the line in Klopp's first match and netted last weekend against Everton

SUBS:

Adam Bogdan - goalkeeper, 34, left in 2019, now at Ferencvaros in Hungary

Connor Randall - defender, 26, left in 2019, now at Ross County in Scotland

Kolo Toure - defender, 41, left in 2016, retired in 2017, now Leicester coach

Joe Allen - midfielder, 32, left in 2016, been at Stoke for six years

Joao Teixeira - midfielder, 29, left in 2016, now at Famalicao in Portugal

Jordon Ibe - winger, 26, left in 2016, now at Adanaspor in Turkey

Jerome Sinclair - striker, 25, left in 2016, without a club since 2021

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