Liverpool face the prospect of missing out on up to £60million in fresh transfer funds due to the financial impact of the pandemic, according to a report.
Reports before the global crisis tipped the Reds with making exciting additions and changes to their squad.
Indeed, the reports claimed Liverpool’s ability to strengthen would be bolstered by their title triumph.
However, the lack of revenue in recent months reportedly caused the club to pull the plug on a deal for Timo Werner, owing to his £50million release clause.
What’s more, manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed a reluctance from his side to spend big on new players.
As such, The Athletic, says Liverpool hoped to earn up to £60million from three sales. The club hoped to earn top fees for Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic.
But the pandemic has caused transfer fees to collapse, meaning Liverpool are instead keen to keep the trio on the books for at least another season.
Shaqiri has only made six Premier League appearances this term, scraping in to earn a winners’ medal.
However, he made his last top-flight outing in January against Tottenham, playing only a minute.
Grujic, meanwhile, has spent the season on loan at Hertha Berlin and is a regular for the Bundesliga side.
And Hertha sporting director Michael Preetz has reiterated his desire to keep the midfielder in Germany.
As for Wilson, the Welshman is on loan at Bournemouth, who are fighting a losing battle to avoid relegation. Liverpool’s long-term plan for the winger remains unclear.
LIVERPOOL KEEN ON EXCITING GERMAN WINGER
Elsewhere, Liverpool are reportedly keen on exciting German winger Nick Breitenbucher.
The 17-year-old has impressed in his debut season with Hoffenheim’s Under-17 side, scoring 13 goals.
And, according to Spox, his teammates refer to him as the ‘next’ Arjen Robben.