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6 players Liverpool are trying to sell before transfer window slams shut



Liverpool face a crucial 10-day period for their summer transfer window plans with time running out for Jurgen Klopp to arrange his squad.

The German moved quickly to ensure his club secured the £35million signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig to bolster their defensive options.

Liverpool face a crucial 10-day period for their summer transfer window plans with time running out for Jurgen Klopp to arrange his squad.

The German moved quickly to ensure his club secured the £35million signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig to bolster their defensive options.

But despite links with several potential new signings such as Manuel Locatelli, Saul Niguez and Florian Neuhaus, there have been no further additions.

Liverpool face the conundrum of needing to sell non-homegrown players in order to meet the Premier League’s registration rules and submit their 25-man squad for the 2021-22 season.

The Reds have already raised £31m by selling Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi to Fulham, FC Porto and Union Berlin respectively.

But Klopp faces an uphill task in reshaping his squad in time for the start of the new Premier League season on August 14 where they will face newly-promoted Norwich City.

There are several fringe players who have been linked with a departure this summer — and the Merseyside outfit must find a way to facilitate their exit if they are to bring in new faces.

Divock Origi

The Reds will be desperate to flog the misfiring Belgian this summer after scoring just one goal in 17 appearances last season, with only nine appearances in the Premier League.

Origi, 26, enjoyed his role as a super sub for Klopp during the 2018-19 season, scoring a crucial winner in the Merseyside derby and bagging a double against Barcelona in the Champions League.

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But the forward has struggled to make an impression since then and has fallen down the pecking order behind Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.

There has been interest in Origi from Wolves and Napoli, and according to The Athletic, Origi will be allowed to depart on a permanent transfer if Liverpool’s £20m asking price is met.

Some interested parties have found his price tag somewhat steep, however, and a loan deal remains a possibility.

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri is reportedly wanted by Lazio and Napoli
Xherdan Shaqiri is reportedly wanted by Lazio and Napoli ( Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
It was expected that Shaqiri would be leaving Liverpool after starring at Euro 2020 with Switzerland, scoring three goals for his country.

But as it stands, no club views a permanent deal as a viable one, with Liverpool’s demands once again putting off potential suitors.

Lazio, now managed by ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, have been strongly linked with Shaqiri and the 29-year-old admitted that he would be “honoured” to move to the Stadio Olimpico.

“The important thing at this moment in my career is to be able to play regularly, but that hasn’t always been the case in the last three seasons,” he said.

“This is why I told Liverpool that I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my wish and will seriously consider the offers that will come. They will not stop me.”

Despite Shaqiri’s assertion that he will be sold, Goal claim Lazio’s reported £12m offer was rejected by the Reds and Napoli are also in the race to sign him.

But with only a year left to run on his current deal, they may be forced to take a cut-price fee later in the window.

Loris Karius

It is no understatement to suggest Karius faces a bleak situation at Liverpool — and so do the club.

The 28-year-old remains their fourth-choice goalkeeper and has only been spotted in training recently as the club look to sell him before the transfer window closes.

Karius hasn’t played competitively for the club since the 2017-18 Champions League final, spending two years on loan at Besiktas before a frustrating temporary stint with Union Berlin.

With Alisson Becker the undisputed number one and backup stoppers Adrian and Caohmin Kelleher signing new contracts, the writing is on the wall for Karius.

The German was linked with a move to West Ham in January but the Hammers have since signed Alphonse Areola.

With only a year left on his current deal, the Reds could face cutting their losses on the error-strewn goalkeeper if it means him leaving permanently.

Nathaniel Phillips

Given their concerns over homegrown talent, it would be a surprise to see Klopp cash in on Nat Phillips, a player who broke into the first team last season and impressed the German.

The 24-year-old deputised for the injured Virgil van Dijk alongside Fabinho at centre-back and after a shaky start to life in the Premier League found some form in his 20 appearances for the club.

The Athletic believe Brighton are ready to step up their efforts to sign Phillips as a replacement for Ben White, who joined Arsenal in a £50m deal on Friday.

With money to spend, Liverpool are hoping to receive a fee in the £15m region with Phillips currently behind Van Dijk, Konate, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the pecking order.

And now that Brighton are financially equipped, Klopp’s men could be tempted into a sale.

Ben Davies

One of the most bizarre signings of the Klopp era saw Davies arrive from Preston North End in January, seemingly to help alleviate concerns over their defensive crisis.

But the 25-year-old has not made a single appearance, calling to question why the Reds paid an initial £500,000 fee rising to £1.5m for his services.

Davies featured in a friendly against Wacker Innsbruck during their pre-season tour of Austria, but his lack of minutes suggest the club will seek a deal in this window — just six months after his arrival.

Among the clubs to show interest in the centre-back are Sheffield United, who have enquired about taking the defender on a season-long loan, report Football Insider.

If Davies impresses while playing in the Championship, it could lead Liverpool to making a healthy profit on the Englishman.

Liverpool are not known for stockpiling players but in Sheyi Ojo, they have failed to find a new home for the winger for the best part of a decade.

Since arriving from MK Dons as a teenager in 2011, the forward has farmed out on loan to Wigan, Wolves, Fulham, Reims and Rangers and is yet to find a permanent club.

He spent time on loan at Cardiff for the 2020-21 season but supposedly did not do enough to earn a transfer which has left him in limbo once again.

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2022 World Cup: FIFA announces new date for kick off



FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will now kick off on Sunday, November 20, rather than the initially scheduled date of Monday, November 21.

The first game will now be between the host nation Qatar and Ecuador instead of Senegal’s match against the Netherlands.

This means the tournament will be extended to 29 days, with the final taking place on Sunday, December 18.

FIFA confirmed this on Thursday, in what was a unanimous decision by a committee comprising FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and presidents of the six continental soccer bodies.

“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.

“The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country,” FIFA said in a statement.

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Rashford takes decision on joining PSG



Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has decided to rule out any possibility of leaving the club to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

PSG are strongly interested in signing Rashford from Man United this summer.

The French Ligue 1 champions have held talks with Rashford’s representatives and want to bring the England international to the Parc des Princes.

But according to Daily Mail, Rashford has now responded to their approach by saying that he is happy at Man United and that his priority is to stay at Old Trafford this summer.

The report added that Man United are relaxed over the situation – despite the fact that Rashford’s contract is set to end on June 30, 2023.

Rashford has scored 93 goals in 304 games for Man United.

The 24-year-old has helped Man United win the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League since he made his debut back in 2015, having progressed through the club’s youth ranks.

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Aguero warns Guardiola against selling Man City star



Former Argentina striker, Sergio Aguero, has warned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City against selling Bernardo Silva this summer.

Aguero said Silva is a great player, adding that he would be surprised if City under Guardiola let the Portugal international leave the Etihad this summer.

Silva has been linked with a move to LaLiga giants, Barcelona, this summer.

“Bernardo is a great player. He carries the ball, he sacrifices, has quality to assist and score goals, and he can play in different positions,” Aguero told Stake.

“It would surprise me if City let him go. He’s a player who contributes a lot every season, but everything is possible.

“If he finally arrives at Barca, then he’ll be someone who can be key to the possession game that Xavi likes.”

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