Liverpool will reportedly be forced to sell some of their fringe players before they can make any more signings this summer.
What’s the story?
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Reds need to offload some unwanted talent in order to finance further forrays into the transfer market.
Speaking on the Anfield Watch YouTube channel, he went into some detail about who Jurgen Klopp may look to sell over the coming months.
“100% yes, from what I’m told, the first step is selling some players, attacking players. So Origi, but in particular Shaqiri, so the first position is Shaqiri, selling Shaqiri, they need to sell some players, it’s important for Liverpool,” Romano claimed.
“Once they’ve sold some players, they can move for some new wingers as I said because they are looking at this position, and then they will move for a new midfielder if they have the right opportunity.”
Fans will be concerned
Liverpool have already added former RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate to their ranks in a £34 million deal, but further reinforcements may be required in they plan on reeling in Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s charges finished a whopping 17 points ahead of the Anfield outfit last term as they claimed their third Premier League title in four years, highlighting the gulf in class between the two teams.
Therefore, news that Klopp may not have the resources to make further additions will surely leave the club’s supporters feeling very concerned.
The departure of Gini Wijnaldum and the poor form of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino has seen the likes of Saul Niguez and Domenico Berardi heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, although their potential arrivals have now been thrown into serious doubt.
Fringe players such as Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic have all attracted interest from clubs either in England or across the continent, but their departures are far from guaranteed.
It leaves the 19-time English champions in a state of limbo, waiting for other sides to take their unwanted assets off their hands before they’re able to strengthen.
Klopp will be hoping for several quick sales to bolster the coffers, but it’s rarely that simple in football.
This is concerning news for Reds fans, who’d be hoping for their club to get some new faces through the door sooner rather than later.