Liverpool are set to allow a wide range of players to leave the club during the summer transfer window.
This includes a Euro 2020 standout, numerous returning loanees and a handful of first-team fringe players. Few of these likely departures come as a surprise as Liverpool seek to add to their transfer budget in a bid to bolster the squad with additional signings.
The first major departure of the summer saw Gini Wijnaldum leave the Reds upon the expiry of his contract, in a move which saw him join French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Sepp van den Berg has returned to Preston North End on a loan which will last the 2021-22 season, whilst Adam Lewis will spend the year on loan with Scottish Premiership side Livingston. Meanwhile, Liam Millar completed his £1.3m transfer to Swiss club Basel and Kamil Grabara has signed for Danish outfit FC Copenhagen.
Who else could leave Liverpool?
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are braced for a flurry of offers for Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri, following an impressive Euro 2020 campaign, which saw the attacking midfielder score twice in a 3-1 win over Turkey. The 29-year-old is a target for several clubs and Liverpool expect an official bid to be made by long-term admirers Lazio, in the near future.
The club will demand a fee of at least £13m for Shaqiri’s services and, with two years remaining on his contract, this figure is expected to be met by a number of European clubs.Embed from Getty Images
Recent cult hero Nat Phillips has been the centre of various transfer rumours following an impressive run which came as a result of Klopp’s centre-half crisis which transpired last season. The Telegraph claim Burnley have approached Liverpool for the 24-year-old defender, who is valued at an initial cost of £10m, with further add-ons bringing the full asking price to around £15m.
Welsh international Neco Williams would reluctantly be allowed to leave the club for a minimum fee of £10m, the BBC reports. The 20-year-old right-back has struggled for first-team minutes, with maestro Trent Alexander-Arnold set to hold the position down for years to come. Southampton have expressed genuine interest in the player, after a loan enquiry was made back in January.
Despite not wanting to sell the player, Liverpool insist they will not stand in Divock Origi‘s way if a suitable offer is presented. The Athletic claim the club would demand a fee of £15-20m to secure the Belgian striker’s services.
Liverpool even agreed a fee of £22m with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2018, but the Reds are now reluctant to sell as it would be extremely difficult to bring a replacement in with similar experience for the same value.
Another Welsh international who featured at Euro 2020 could be leaving Anfield this summer. According to reports in Wales Online, Harry Wilson is seeking a permanent Liverpool exit.Embed from Getty Images
Previous interest has come from Benfica, in addition to more recent notions from Fulham and Brentford this summer. However, the Reds may be willing to permit another loan, opening the door for a return to Championship side Cardiff City, with Welsh rivals Swansea City ready to battle it out for the 24-year-old’s signature.
Marko Grujić looks to be returning to his most recent loan club FC Porto, in a deal worth around £11m. Per reports by A Bola, the Serbian international is expected to rejoin Porto on a permanent transfer.
After previous loan spells with Cardiff and Hertha BSC, it would be unsurprising for Grujić to leave in search of regular first-team football, and it seems he is more than happy to return to Portugal.
During the January transfer window, Ben Davies signed for Liverpool from Preston for £2m as an emergency replacement required as a result of the Reds’ defensive crisis. However, the Englishman has yet to feature for Liverpool, having only made the bench on eight occasions.
The Mirror have reported that Scottish giants Celtic have continued their interest in the player, in addition to fresh interest from Championship side Bournemouth. Both clubs are ready to bring the defender in on loan, yet Davies remains committed to Liverpool and wants to fight for his place in the squad, despite the recent arrival of Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig.
Following a fantastic loan spell with Blackburn Rovers which saw him total 41 games, 18-year-old Harvey Elliott has signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool. Inevitably after a successful campaign in the Championship, speculation as arisen as to whether a Premier League loan is on the table.Embed from Getty Images
According to the Liverpool Echo, though, the Reds intend to keep Elliott as a part of the first-team squad for the upcoming season. With Shaqiri’s likely departure, the opportunity for a left-footed attacker would present itself and it appears the teenager is considered ready to take on more regular playing time.
Takumi Minamino‘s future is less clear. Jürgen Klopp has always said the Japanese international is a long-term project. Despite this, recent reports from The Mirror claim that fresh interest from loan club Southampton throws uncertainty into the matter.
Unlikely to return as a starter, Minamino could seek regular first-team football elsewhere and so Liverpool could command a fee which would bring in a profit for the player. However, it appears the attacker wants to fight for his spot at the club.
Loris Karius seems to have accepted his Liverpool future is over, and the goalkeeper will be searching for a new club. The Liverpool Echo reports the club have not put a price on the player, but they will not stand in the way of a permanent transfer. With the prospect of a third loan, it is entirely possible Karius will leave the club in the summer of 2022 as a free agent.
It is entirely possible that further departures may occur during this transfer window. With many academy graduates struggling to get first-team minutes last season, fans can expect to watch Liverpool youngsters on loan at lower level clubs during the 2021-22 season.
It is unlikely that any other members of the first-team, especially those commanding a substantial transfer fee, will leave Anfield this summer – so it will be interesting to see if any new arrivals come through the door.
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