With the transfer window closing more than a fortnight early this summer, Liverpool have reportedly set price tags on a number of the fringe players. The likes of Origi, Markovic, Ings and Mingolet, plus a few others to boot, are available with some clubs interested in their services.
The ambition is to raise up to £100 million in player sales. However, it is interesting to consider the club’s motivation with this.
Needless to say, you need to trim away the fat, but with the club’s coffers already full, why the sudden need for £100 million?
Clearing the decks
Liverpool’s wealth has never been stronger. The Premier League and Champions League revenue has swollen over the last two years as has additional lucrative sponsors and match day revenue.
This has contributed to the confidence in backing Jurgen Klopp with an expensive outlay on key players. However there has been no indication from anyone senior that Edward’s success in the transfer market must be counterbalanced by player sales.
Perhaps the club is simply getting rid of the dead wood clogging the ranks. Yet £100 million, although no longer a considerable transfer budget, could be put to good use. The club could be clearing the decks for two more arrivals
Matip and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injuries, coupled with the fitness concerns of Wijnaldum prove that the club is not yet at the promised land of a robust squad, primed and ready.
Henderson and Lovren will need to be eased back after their busy summers, which also puts added pressure on the remaining squad.
We need another quality defender, be that at full back or at centre-half. Matip is likely to never shake off the injuries, Gomez is a concern owing to his injury history and Moreno shouldn’t be at the club. Another recruit at the back would be a big help.
Perhaps Klopp was bluffing recently, when he said he had all he needs with the current squad. The club’s pursuit of Fekir, is proof that he needs an heir to Coutinho. A creative player from the second third of his attack may well be on the agenda, with the hugely talented Pulisic linked recently .
Either way, £100 million from the dregs of the squad could come in very handy over the next couple of weeks.