LFC Transfer Gossip & Player Updates
| Loris Karius | Nathaniel Clyne | Dejan Lovren | Xherdan Shaqiri | Naby Keïta | Divock Origi |
Liverpool look set to axe a few fringe players this summer. Their former keeper, Loris Karius, is heading the list of players needing a new club.
Karius has been playing his club football in Turkey for Beşiktaş FC. According to James Pearce at The Athletic, Beşiktaş will not trigger the £7.25 million option to buy clause in the keeper’s contract.
With Liverpool not willing to offer the German a new contract to stay at Anfield, it would appear that the former Mainz number one must find himself yet another new club.
Beşiktaş have shown interest in keeping Karius permanently; the issue appears to be the size of the fee involved with the German still having two years left to run on his contract at Liverpool. There has been some muted talk of Liverpool waiving a fee in order to let the player move on.
Personally, I think the UK audience often forgets that Karius was voted the 2nd best keeper in the Bundesliga behind Manuel Neuer in 2015/16. I can see him being sold back to Germany at a reduced fee. Ultimately, the player needs minutes and to restore his confidence long-term, I hope he gets his career back on track.
Liverpool’s forgotten man; Nathaniel Clyne is set to leave the Reds this summer on a free transfer. His 5-year, £70,000 per-week contract is set to expire this summer and Liverpool have shown no interest in offering him a new one.
The once dependable right full-back has been plagued with injuries and has never fully recovered from seriously damaging his ACL against Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly, way back in July 2019.
Clyne represents a major fitness doubt for anyone tempted to offer him a contract; he has only registered 21 Premier League appearances in the last 3 seasons. On the other hand, he does have extensive Premier League and international experience and would have to take a major pay cut in order to facilitate a move.
Napoli were known to be monitoring the ex-Southampton man in the summer of 2019 with other potential suitors being Newcastle, West Ham or even a return to the Saints.
Following on from Croatia’s World Cup semi-final victory over England in 2018, Dejan Lovren claimed he was one of the best defenders in the world. Two years on, the Croat finds himself down the pecking order on Merseyside.
Virgil Van Dijk’s meteoric rise to prominence coupled with the return from injury of both Joe Gomez and Joël Matip has left Lovren battling for minutes at Anfield. With Lovren now 30 years old, Liverpool will be keen to cash in on a depreciating asset.
Recent media reports suggest that Arsenal and Tottenham are preparing to lock horns over the Croatian who will be available for around the £10-15 million mark. A move overseas to Italy could also be on the cards; Lazio and Roma have both shown interest in the past and could resume their pursuits this summer.
The Swiss is a fan-favourite at Anfield but has seen his minutes heavily restricted on Merseyside since joining in July of 2018.
His performance against Barcelona in the return leg of last year’s Champions League campaign will live long in the memory of many Reds worldwide, in recent times, however, it has been getting harder to make a case for Shaqiri to stay.
Harry Wilson’s career feels like it is now at the point of stick or twist; the forward spoke of making a decision this summer and it feels as though he is wanting to see what moves the club makes and to see where he fits into the bigger picture.
Shaqiri must now be moved on to allow Wilson to come through, with a potential asking price of around £20 million for a Champions League winner with a host of international experience, Shaqiri will certainly have options on the table by the end of the season.
A player that many Reds will be shocked to see on this list; Naby Keïta has been largely underwhelming since his arrival from RB Leipzig in July 2018.
Injuries have certainly unsettled his rhythm during his short period on Merseyside but reports suggest Liverpool could look to offload the Guinean should the right offer come in.
Much like the Harry Wilson situation, Marko Grujić’s own path to the first-team has been blocked by a serious amount of competition for places.
Grujić has spent this season out on loan at Hertha BSC; he has made waves in Berlin with his coach Pal Dardai claiming he is amongst the most talented players he has ever worked with during his 22-year period at the club:
“This isn’t meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club.”Hertha BSC coach Paul Dardai on Marko Grujić
Liverpool are now said to be weighing up the pros and cons of keeping Keïta on board with many reports suggesting the African will be given one more season in order to prove both his fitness as well as himself.
The Belgian has become somewhat of a club legend at Anfield; his performances in key games during Liverpool’s last European campaign have immortalised his name in club history.
Origi has been linked with moves away from Merseyside in the past but unlike before, Liverpool now have cover for that position with Takumi Minamino being fashioned into a Roberto Firmino replacement long-term.
Liverpool could look to cash-in on the Belgian with his current deal set to run until 2024. The Reds have been heavily linked with Timo Werner and also Kylian Mbappe in the past. Personally, I don’t think either of those moves will come to fruition for different reasons.
Liverpool FC Australia would prefer to see Rhian Brewster given his chance upon returning to Anfield in the summer; the forward has scored 4 in 11 appearances since going on loan to Swansea.
There are many promising youngsters coming through the youth system at Anfield and now seems the time to see if they have what it takes to cut the mustard at the highest level.