By being well stocked particularly in the Midfield and Attacking Areas, Liverpool Fc are currently in an enviable position.
With a Limited Transfer Budget, the Reds prudently approached the Summer Transfer Window 2020. They strengthened the side by bringing in Konstantinos Tsimikas, Thiago Alcântara and Diogo Jota.
In addition; the Reds Youth Academy Players like Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams, Nico Williams and others has slowly began to shine this season. This further added more competitions for the Starting XI spots.
The Reds themselves took a massive gamble by not replacing Dejan Lovren during the Summer Transfer Window 2020. However, that gamble did not backfire as Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips stepped up admirably in the absence of the injured Virgil Van Dijk and Fabinho.
Unfortunately, the increased competitions for the Starting XI spots have naturally led to few players in the squad that fell out-of-favour, unlikelihood of getting a contract extension and so on.
The following few are the Reds Players that are likely to leave during the January Transfer Window 2021.
- Xherdan Shaqiri: Since joining the Reds around July 2018, The Swiss International had a stop-start career as his chances of playing regularly playing were blighted mostly by infrequent injuries and inconsistent form.
Shaqiri will be best remembered for his Goals Assists during the Reds v FC Barcelona Match (Champions League 2018-19 Semi Finals Second Leg) as the Reds eventually overcame a 0-3 First Leg Deficit to win the match 4-0 and go through to the Champions League 2018-19 Finals (on 4-3 Aggregate).
This season in particular Shaqiri has played relatively well with limited opportunities. His notable performance this season was the assist to Diogo Jota’s Goal (which was also the Club’s 10,000th Goal in all competitions).
Verdict: The emergence of Curtis Jones from the Reds Youth Academy has further reduced Shaqiri’s chances to play regular football for the Reds.
Given that Shaqiri has turned 29 this year, so he would not want to miss his peak years warming the bench. The Reds might also be tempted cash in but only for the right price.
- Divock Origi: Despite notable match winning performances including scoring the winning goal against Tottenham Fc (Champions League 2018-19 Finals), Origi simply could not break into the Starting XI (after joining the Reds around July 2014).
With a bit of an Up-and-Down Reds career (but mostly downs), the young Belgian has fallen out-of-favour with Jürgen Klopp as the German coach prefers to utilise the regular front 3 of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané.
Verdict: The arrival of Diogo Jota around October 2020 and the consistent match winning performances from the Portuguese International has resulted in Origi sliding down the pecking order of the Reds attack.
The Belgian is only 25 years old and it’s understandable of his desire to join another club that can offer regular football. Also, whenever Origi does depart the Reds, he will still be considered a Reds Cult Hero.
- Georginio Wijnaldum: One of the most polarized players ever to play for the Reds and is still one of Klopp’s most trusted Lieutenants in the Midfield. In crucial games, he is either influential playing a critical role in the Midfield or plays totally anonymous with virtually invisible performances.
After playing mainly as an attacking Midfielder and in order to suit Klopp’s evolving Gegen-pressing Tactics, the Dutchman was converted to a Holding Midfield Role (after joining the Reds around July 2016).
The Reds are sufficiently stocked in the Midfield and the addition of Thiago has added the creativity spark which the Reds lacked especially while playing against Defensive Minded Oppositions.
Verdict: The Dutchman is currently on his Final Year of his Reds Contract. He will turn 30 soon. Therefore, it is highly improbable that the Reds would offer him a fresh contract to extend his stay with the Reds.
Ronald Koeman heavily favoured Wijnaldum in his team while Koeman was the Former Dutch Coach. Since becoming FC Barcelona Coach, Koeman wanted to sign Wijnaldum.
Yet, a mooted transfer move to FC Barcelona during the Summer Transfer Window 2020 failed to materialise.
So, it would not be a surprise for FC Barcelona to attempt to sign Wijnaldum for a cut-price during the January Winter Transfer Window 2021.
Which players do you think will leave Liverpool Fc during the January Winter Transfer Window 2021?