The latest speculation stemming from the English media suggests that Liverpool are ready to part with a trio of the club’s out-of-favour players ahead of next season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have of course enjoyed a historic campaign to date.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought football in England to a halt, Liverpool had built a staggering 25-point advantage over 2nd-placed Manchester City in the Premier League table.
This came with the Merseyside giants having dropped points in just 2 of their 29 league fixtures to this point in the season.
However, while at one point in the season Jurgen Klopp’s men looked near-unbeatable, their last month of action actually proved hugely-underwhelming.
6 outings across all competitions saw the Reds fall to 4 defeats, a stretch which cost them their spots in both the Champions League and FA Cup, and brought to an end hopes of matching Arsenal’s unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ campaign.
“It’s difficult to explain these goals, to be honest. The boys fought hard.”
“We will come again, and go again. But for now, we are out.”
A disappointed Jurgen Klopp is keen to not get too despondent despite the Reds losing hold of their European crown…
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 11, 2020
Liverpool eyeing transfer funds
Liverpool’s sudden dip in form, meanwhile, has since seen many highlight a lack of depth in the club’s squad.
While the first-choice XI of the Merseysiders is unquestionably superb, there is a dearth of options available to Jurgen Klopp in certain positions, one of which (between the posts) proved telling in Liverpool’s Champions League exit.
If the latest media speculation is to be believed, though, then Jurgen Klopp appears ready to clear out some of this ‘deadwood’, to reinvest the funds acquired elsewhere.
As per the reliable James Pearce of the Athletic, Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to be one of a number of potential departures from Anfield this summer.
Along with the out-of-favour Swiss attacker, loanees Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic, who have impressed this season at Bournemouth and Hertha Berlin respectively, are also set to be placed on the market.
And while Pearce adds that the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis means that Liverpool are more likely to ‘fine-tune’ the club’s squad rather than splash out in terms of additions ahead of next season, one name again stands out as the Reds’ key target – RB Leipzig standout Timo Werner.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.