Complicated situation handled by the Liverpool in this transfer market. There are no notable urgencies when it comes to improving the squad, but there are two positions that the team should reinforce, that of a midfielder and that of a forward. However, seven weeks after the Reds announced the signing of Ibrahima Konaté, from RB Leipzig and in exchange for about 40 million euros, in the Liverpool offices there is a certain tranquility.
As explained James Pearce in an extensive report in The Athletic, Liverpool’s main objective is to lighten the salary mass and enter money for players who do not intend to give up more and / or who do not count towards Jurgen Klopp. Despite that, for now, there is no player for which Liverpool is going to throw the house out the window, so the future income it receives can be used, for example, to finance the Anfield stadium works, which will have a capacity of 61,000 people and will have a cost of about 66 million euros, or for renewals of key players such as Virgil van Dijk or Alisson Becker.
Operation exit, stalled
Liverpool have so far only been able to sell Liam Millar to Basel for 1.5 million euros and goalkeeper Kamil Grabara to Copenhagen for an amount that could be as high as 3.5 million pounds. Beyond that, he has only released on loan to Adam Lewis (Livingston), Paul Glatzel (Tranmere Rovers) and Sepp van den Berg, who will be on loan to Preston North End again. The red club has players with a certain poster who have been ringing for a long time, such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Loris Karius, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sheyi Ojo, Neco Williams and the charismatic Nathaniel Phillips.
The journalist James Pearce explains that after what happened last season with the injuries in defense, they have no intention of running when it comes to selling players like Phillips, that only offers of more than 15 million euros would open the exit door. In that sense, the Burnley already took an interest in him. In case of Neco williams, already international with Wales but in the shadow of Trent Alexander-Arnold, the club would not see badly an exit for approximately 10 million euros, since Klopp sees in the youth squad Conor Bradley a player capable of being a good substitute for Trent.
For its part, Divock Origi Every time it counts less for Klopp and the Reds would not see badly an exit for a price similar to that of Phillips. Same with Xherdan Shaqiri, a player who has fallen short at Liverpool but who once again shone in the Eurocup and that sounds like a Lazio that would have to pay around 14 million euros to get him.
On the other hand, Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson, players who had been loaned and have a poster, it seems that they will finally say goodbye. Fabrizio Romano He pointed out that the probable departure of Manuel Locatelli will make Sassuolo intensify their interest in Grujic, for which they could get about 15 million euros. As with Harry Wilson, who after 7 goals and 12 assists with Cardiff and having played the European Championship with Wales, Liverpool think they could also earn some 15 million for him.
As reported by The Athletic, the outings at Liverpool seem to be at a standstill and big sales are not expected either, so the income from this transfer market is expected to be rather weak. That is why at Liverpool they walk with lead, as they have been doing in recent years, when undertaking a signing. Let us remember that they have already launched for Konaté, so any signing that lands at Anfield must be financed with sales. The idea is clear: sell to be able to sign.
The signings, conditioned by sales
In this sense, players like Saúl Ñíguez, Renato Sanches, Youri Tielemans, Yves Bissouma or John McGin have been linked to the Reds, especially after Georginio Wijnaldum left for PSG. Saúl Ñíguez is fully involved in the operation between FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid for a barter with Antoine Griezmann, so only if this operation were broken, Liverpool and Chelsea would be interested in the player, as Fabrizio Romano reported. However, James Pearce assures that there is no formal offer. If Renato sanches, Pearce points out that there is nothing, and with Youri Tielemans and John McGinn, their prices are prohibitive. Leicester City valued the Belgian at around 70 million euros and Aston Villa asked for the Scotsman about 50 ‘kilos’.
Liverpool rely on Thiago Alcántara, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Curtis Jones to occupy that position, beyond the irregular Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, but it is clear that a player like Wijnaldum, who played a whopping 51 games last season, must be replaced with a player with legs. Curtis jones It is one of the pearls of the quarry but with a different profile from that of the Dutch, and Keita, a player who does have more similarities, is a box of surprises due to his constant injuries. The Athletic reports that, in the case of going for a midfielder, they would look out of the Premier League. Florian Neuhaus, Borussia Mönchengladbach, was one of the players the club followed, but his € 35 million release clause has now expired.
Fabrizio Romano commented on his streaming on Twitch that in the coming weeks the club red would prioritize the signing of a forward or a winger, but without giving names. Rang Donyell Malen, from PSV, but seems closer to Borussia Dortmund after the departure of Jadon Sancho. Also, barely a week ago, Harvey Elliott signed a 5-year contract with Liverpool, making it clear that “he would fight for a place in the first team”, so he will not be loaned out again after a good season at Blackburn Rovers.
A positive part is that the absences of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané during the Africa Cup of Nations between January and February it will only mean that the two forwards miss two or three league games due to the FA Cup matches that are at that time of the calendar, so the ‘blow’ without them will be less .
We are still in the middle of summer, but the Red fans are beginning to be nervous in case no reinforcement arrives that will propel them back towards the title of the Premier League. The Athletic explains that in the strong leadership of Liverpool, sporting director Michael Edwards, his deputy Julian Ward, along with head of hiring Dave Fallows and head of scouting Barry Hunter, have been working tirelessly, speaking with clubs and agents across Europe. to decide what is feasible to sign and what is not, so still much remains to be resolved.