Liverpool’s summer clearout is set to continue in the final few days of the transfer window, with Divock Origi, Nat Phillips, Lorius Karius and Sheyi Ojo all reportedly available for moves away.
According to The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce (as relayed by Anfield Watch on Twitter), the Reds could part ways with up to four more fringe players before the August 31 deadline.
They tweeted: “NEW: Liverpool are open to offers for Divock Origi. Nat Phillips could also depart, while Liverpool are looking to off-load Loris Karius and Sheyi Ojo. # [@ ]”.
Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri is set to follow that trio out of the Anfield exit door after Lyon had a bid accepted for the diminutive forward, but the exodus is not expected to end there.
Due to the huge financial impact of the ongoing pandemic added to the fact that they have a large squad, the 19-time English champions have been working with very limited funds in recent weeks.
As a result, Jurgen Klopp has only been able to bring former RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate to the club following their disappointing third-place finish this term.
However, if director of football Michael Edwards can pull off another masterclass in the market by offloading any, or all, of the four aforementioned flops, Klopp could have the required resources, and space in his squad, available to land another one of his transfer targets.
Therefore, this latest revelation will surely have the Liverpool supporters feeling delighted. They’ve seen their main domestic rivals significantly strengthen ahead of 2021/22, while key midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
And while the Reds may not be able to compete financially with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United under their current structure, selling unwanted fringe players in lucrative deals is a smart way to level the playing field.
Phillips is arguably the only first-team member up for sale whose exit could split opinion amongst the club’s fanbase, but with the returns of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to full-fitness, coupled with Konate’s arrival, his game time would be very limited.
Whether Edwards can get any of the quartet out the door in time to bring in just a second major signing remains to be seen, although his past heroics will give Liverpool fans hope there a still a few deals that can be pulled off.