Liverpool Fc (The Reds) will be looking to reinforce their squad ahead of the 2021-22 Season especially after enduring one of the most difficult campaigns that were riddled with obstacles at every turn.
After Dejan Lovren left the Club (around July 2020), the Reds made the grave error of not bringing a suitable replacement which was one of the contributing factors of their Doomed Premier League Title.
This time however; the Reds quickly addressed the issue to strengthen their backline by signing Ibrahima Konaté from RB Leipzig (around May 2021).
With Georginio Wijnaldum set to leave the Club after his contract expires on 30 June 2021, few more Players are also likely to leave during the Summer Transfer Window 2021 as the Reds looks to cash in.
Over the last few years, some Clubs were interested in signing these Players but the Reds demanded lofty prices on what they felt was the Market Price for these Players during those times.
Furthermore, the Reds need to bring in more funds from Player Sales to boost their Transfer Budget for the Summer Transfer Window 2021 and free up the spots for the possible new additions.
However, due to the effects of the COVID-19 on every Club’s Finances and as a result also contributed to the lower Market Value of the Players; so the Reds will be unable command the lofty prices for these Players that are likely to depart the Club.
Worse of all; there might not be that many Clubs that will be interested and/ or able to afford the asking price set by the Reds.
The Reds Players that is likely to Leave During the Summer Transfer Window 2021:
- Marko Grujić: The Serbian International was the first signing of Jürgen Klopp as Reds Manager.
Last Season, FC Porto signed Grujić on a season-long loan and his overall performance with the Portugese Club were not eye-catching but decent.
Yet with his combative style of play that is quite similar to the Manchester United Fc Star Nemanja Matić; there will be some Clubs who would be interested to sign Grujić permanently.
Despite Wijnaldum set to depart the Reds, the Club has other Midfield options. As such, it will be difficult for Grujić to break into the Reds Starting XI with youngster Curtis Jones also waiting in the wings.
Verdict: Being at the age of 25, Grujić would choose not to be among the bench and would rather be part of the Starting XI on a regular basis.
With the Reds looking to raise more funds, so it would not be a surprise if Grujić ends up joining permanently for another Club.
- Harry Wilson: After an impressive season-long loan spell with Cardiff City Fc in the EFL Championship last Season, the Welsh International is likely to be in demand this summer. The highly talented young Welshman was part of the relegated Bournemouth side and was quite impressive.
With Diogo Jota firmly established his place alongside with the attacking triumvirate (Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah), Wilson chances of breaking in to the side has further diminished.
Verdict: Despite questions marks on the future of Takumi Minamino and Klopp’s inclination to utilise Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on either side of the wings; the talent of Wilson can be better utilised by other Clubs that can offer him regular football.
Moreover; selling Wilson would be regarded as a win-win situation for both the Player and the Club.
- Loris Karius: Most likely to be remembered for his Champions League 2017-18 Finals debacle, the error-prone German Goalkeeper joined FC Union Berlin on a season-long loan last season following his unhappy loan stint with the Turkish Club Beşiktaş JK over unpaid wages.
The German International had another underwhelming season having made just four appearances in the Bundesliga and just one appearance in the DFB-Pokal Tournament.
The Reds are unlikely utilize the option to extend the contract of Adrián which means the Spaniard too might depart the Club after his contract expires this summer. Still the Reds has Alisson Becker as the Brazilian is the Club’s undisputed #1 Goalkeeper and Caoimhin Kelleher stepped up as the #2 Goalkeeper during the last Season.
Verdict: The Club has already moved on and Karius has got no future with the Reds. The underlying issue is finding a Club that is willing to sign the German International permanently.
Also; the Reds most likely will not be interested in loan deals as (his contract is set to expire on 30 June 2022).
- Divock Origi: Despite his Champions League 2018-19 exploits, the Belgian International appearances were sporadic. Origi has fallen further down the pecking order especially after Diogo Jota firmly established his spot in the squad last summer.
With just 1 Goal to his name in the 2-7 away win over the hosts Lincoln City Fc (Carabao Cup 2020-21 Third Round) and some untimely injuries did not help the cause for the Player.
The Club will look to entertain offers for the Belgian International.
Verdict: After being omitted from the Belgium National Team Selection for the postponed Euro 2020 Tournament, Origi clearly needs to rebuild his career elsewhere by other Clubs that can better utilise his style of play.
Besides, the possible departure of Origi could raise vital funds for further investment.
- Xherdan Shaqiri: The Swiss International will turn 30 before the end of this year. Shaqiri may have played his game for the Reds last Season (despite his decent performances from his limited opportunities).
Last summer; Shaqiri opted to stay put with the Reds (despite the reported interests from other European Clubs) but given that he is in his prime, so it is only logical for him to seek new pastures.
Verdict: The future of Takumi Minamino also looks up in the air which further proves the plethora of talent the Reds can call upon in the midfield and forward.
The talent of Shaqiri and his invaluable contributions to the Club (especially during the Second Leg of the Champions League 2018-19 Semi-final) are undeniable.
Yet for the sake of the Player, it is better for him to be at a Club that can offer him regular football.
And the possible departure of Shaqiri can bring in also much need funds for the Reds.
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