After signing Darwin Núñez, Fábio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay, it seems like Liverpool’s summer transfer business is closed, and we aren’t even into July yet.
Yet that doesn’t pertain to outgoings during the summer months, and there’s likely departures to be expected, as the club aims to claw back some of the expenditure on Núñez, Carvalho and Ramsay.
So who is most probable to leave the club in the coming months?
The Japanese’s time at Liverpool has been underwhelming, to say the least. Minamino has showed odd glimpses of his talent, but he isn’t suited to playing on either flank in Jürgen Klopp’s 4-3-3 system, and is too lightweight to play through the middle.
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He was the king of the domestic cup competitions last season, though, and finished the campaign on 10 goals, but now seems surplus to requirements and has suitors, both in England and abroad.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s days also seem numbered, as he fell way down the pecking order in the final months of the season. His last appearance for the club came in the FA Cup quarter-final win against Nottingham Forest, and he didn’t play again.
With one year left on his contract, a move this summer makes the most sense and, it will be the club’s last chance to make any money back on the £35m they spent on him nearly five years ago.
If he doesn’t leave this summer for a fee, he will likely do so next year for nothing.
Phillips spent the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth as he found minutes hard to come by at Liverpool. The club supposedly want around £15m for the Bolton-native, but this seems wildly optimistic.
They might just have to take what they can get for Phillips, who has little to no chance of seeing first-team action for the club next season.
Another who went out on loan last season, Williams has no chance of breaking into the first team on a permanent basis, with Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of him.
A loan spell at Fulham could entice bidders this summer with the London side and Nottingham Forest both keen.
Signed as an emergency defender at the beginning of 2021, Davies hasn’t actually kicked a ball for the club in a competitive game. He was loaned out to Sheffield United last season, and he made 22 appearances, scoring once.
It remains to be seen what the future lies for Davies, but it’s not going to be at Liverpool.
The Guinean figures in Klopp’s plans, and the German coach is a big fan of Keïta’s, but his injury record is always held against him. Furthermore, there are rumours that Paris Saint-Germain may be readying a bid to take him to the French capital this summer.
If the reported numbers are close to being true (around £42m), then it would be foolish for Liverpool not to accept, given his injuries and the fact that he only has one year remaining on his current deal.
It would be surprising if anyone came in at that price with only 12 months to run before they could sign him for free, but a new contract could also yet happen. As long as nothing is signed, though, there could be tempting interest.
Valuation: Liverpool want him to stay.
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