By Dave Davis – @DaveD0106
Thursday 9th August, 5pm BST: ‘Deadline Day’ in England for incoming transfers in the Premier League.
The ‘Controlled Risk’ that’s been taken has been backed by many, but it’s not necessarily so straightforward – the rest of Europe still has until August 31 to complete their business.
Importantly, this only leaves outgoings as a consideration for Liverpool after this date which is the clubs main focus right now. The extra time could be seen as a positive, but there’s a buzz at Anfield that could potentially be damaged if certain players linger around.
Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Simon Mignolet, Sheyi Ojo, Marko Grujic and Lazar Markovic have all been linked with an Anfield exit.
Of those players mentioned, the majority of the talk for Ings and Ojo has been domestic-related with the likes of Leicester, Newcastle and Palace linked with a £24m move for the former-Burnley striker.
There is an expectation that those two players won’t be at Anfield come August 10, but nothing is a-given and. with a huge reported price tag, Liverpool may well be playing a game of brinkmanship with many clubs.
Whilst there are no issues or concerns over Ings or Ojo’s attitude pre-season, others linked with moves further-a-field could be a different matter.
Mignolet has made no secret of the fact that he has reviewed his situation and, with the Belgian stopper just returning from World Cup duty, Klopp will be wanting a swift resolution. The recent arrival of Alisson will only serve to further hammer-home the unlikelihood of Mignolet reclaiming the first-choice role.
Origi’s path to the first team looks as blocked and ever and, with Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke and Xherdan Shaqiri now ahead in the attacking stakes, the former-Lille youngster will be looking to secure an Anfield exit as quickly as possible.
After the end of Cardiff’s loan bid, there’s uncertainity around Grujic’s future with Galatasaray now being linked with a loan. The Serbian may be retained as a precaution, especially with Adam Lallana recently picking up yet-another knock.
Pre-season has been a sequence of positives with results, performances and young players all catching the eye. Klopp will be wanting that momentum to continue into the season itself and the mood in the camp is largely positive.
If Ings, Origi, Mingolet, Ojo, Grujic and Markovic still linger at Melwood in the knowledge that their chances are limited, the mood could potentially be affected.
The deadline for all may well be the August 31, but all parties at the club will want outgoings sorted well before then. For all his endeavour so far this summer, Michael Edwards still has plenty on the to-do list.