Liverpool have decided to put three players up for sale during the January transfer window, according to a report, although in two cases it might be too late.
After an inconsistent start to the Premier League season, Liverpool might need to invest during January. To do so, it may help them to offload some of their own unwanted players in order to raise funds.
In that regard, a recent report from Calciomercato has named three players who are on the chopping block.
According to the Italian website, Liverpool have put Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nat Phillips up for sale in January.
The report, which is not very long at all, does not provide any details of who might be interested in any of the three players.
One problem, though, would be that Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain are both out of contract at the end of the season. In theory, they could sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside England from January 1.
Hence, if a foreign suitor acts quickly enough, they may be able to get their next move tied up for the summer before Liverpool are able to take their last chance of cashing in on them.
Of course, it is not a given that they will choose such a scenario. They could always wait until the summer before assessing all their options.
Keita, interestingly, has been linked with some of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals. The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Newcastle United and West Ham have all been mentioned as contenders.
If Keita wants to join one of them, he would have to wait until the summer to do so on a free transfer, or Liverpool could sell him to them in January.
Liverpool working hard to generate interest
Interest in fellow midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain has been harder to generate due to his own injury issues.
Defender Phillips, meanwhile, saw a permanent exit fall through in the summer due to injuries to other players in his position. Otherwise, he might have been on his way out already after his loan spell with Bournemouth last season.
Liverpool still have him tied down until 2025, so are not at risk of losing him to a pre-contract. But it still makes sense for them to allow the 25-year-old to continue his career elsewhere.
They might not be able to generate a big transfer fee for him, given his lack of gametime for them. But you wouldn’t put it past them to negotiate a decent deal after how they have cashed in on other academy graduates in recent years.
All will become clear over the next couple of months. Liverpool’s transfer department could be busy in that time, working on both incomings and outgoings.