Xherdan Shaqiri among Liverpool trio expected to be moved on this summer – Athletic

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.

Liverpool’s struggles

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.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

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.

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.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.