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Liverpool trio to see deals terminated in January, as ‘sour’ development and surprise form prompt 2023 re-think

Liverpool centre-back Billy Koumetio

Liverpool are expected to terminate as many as three deals in January, though for wildly differing reasons, per reports.

What Liverpool’s future in the transfer window looks like could hinge largely on how FSG’s search for a buyer progresses.

The American owners are exploring a sale, though the latest from the Boston Globe claimed a ‘partial sale’ is now the likeliest outcome.

What that means for the club’s transfer policy going forward has been revealed, but those lower on the totem pole are unlikely to be affected by matters at the top of the club.

Indeed, reports suggest three current Liverpool stars who are all loaned out for the full campaign could see their spells cut short mid-season.

Firstly, Football Insider report centre-half, Billy Koumetio, could be recalled in January.

The 20-year-old stands at a commanding 6ft 5in tall and has the raw materials required to become a top class centre-half.

First-team experience is one ingredient that’s sorely lacking, however, and Liverpool duly loaned the Frenchman to Austria Vienna over the summer.

Koumetio started brightly, featuring in five of Vienna’s first seven league matches. However, since that time he’s only made the bench twice.

Instead, Koumetio has been turning out for the club’s reserve team in the Austrian Bundesliga 2. FI report the deal has gone ‘sour’ and Liverpool are unlikely to be happy with Koumetio’s demotion.

The Reds have reportedly held discussions over cutting the loan stint short. A report from ThisIsAnfield suggest Koumetio will integrate into the club’s Under-21s and play in the Premier League 2 if recalled.

However, Koumetio isn’t the only Reds star facing an early recall.

More Liverpool deals facing termination, but reasons differ wildly

ThisIsAnfield note forward Max Woltman and goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga could both see their loan spells terminated next month.

Woltman is with League Two side Doncaster Rovers, though has been afforded just one start. Like Koumetio, he’s likely to remain in Liverpool’s youth ranks if returning to Merseyside.

The story is different for Brazilian stopper Pitaluga, however, with his spell at Macclesfield exceeding expectations.

The PA’s reliable Carl Markham recently reported there’s a “good chance” Pitaluga is recalled and then sent back out on loan at a higher level.

Pitaluga is currently plying his trade in the Northern Premier Division One West – the eighth tier of English football.

His fine displays which have helped Macclesfield top the table at present could earn him a new loan spell in the Football League in 2023.

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