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

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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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PHOTOS: Buhari receives no. 10 Jersey as FIFA President, Gianni Infantino visits Aso Rock

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received the FIFA President, Mr Gianni Infantino, and CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe in State House, Abuja.

During the courtesy visit, the FIFA president presented a number 10 jersey and a football to President Buhari.

The No. 10 jersey is regarded as an iconic number in football and is usually worn by players believed to be skillful and have a great impact on a team.

According to a Facebook post by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare was also in attendance during the presentation.

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FIFA Rankings: Nigeria maintain position as Belgium, Brazil, England occupy top 10 [Full list]

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles maintained 34th position in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world ranking that was released on Thursday.

The ranking was published on the world football governing body’s official website.

In Africa, Nigeria maintains its number five position.

Senegal is Africa’s highest-ranked team as they are in 20th place, Tunisia are in 25th, while Algeria are 30th and Morocco in 33rd position.

Guinea-Bissau moved up as they climbed to 105th, while Egypt and Sudan, dropped to 48th and 127th spots respectively.

Liberia rose to 144th, Cape Verde remained at 77th and the Central African Republic dropped to 124th.

Meanwhile, the top ten countries in the world are Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark.

The next FIFA world ranking will be released on 21 October, 2021

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Liverpool 3-2 AC Milan: Jordan Henderson’s stunner seals comeback win

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Liverpool opened their Champions League campaign with an instant classic as Jordan Henderson’s stunning strike secured three points against AC Milan.

It was a memorable night at Anfield as the Reds sealed a 3-2 comeback victory over the Italians.

Trent Alexander-Arnold helped fire the Reds in front as his deflected effort, which went down as a Fikayo Tomori own goal, gave them a well-deserved lead.

But after Mohamed Salah failed to convert a spot-kick to double their advantage, the Serie A side were somehow in the lead at halftime after a quickfire double from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz.

Salah then redeemed himself by bringing the hosts level just after the break, before Henderson’s screamer put the Reds back on top to seal the win.

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