Liverpool ‘open to offers’ for quartet after sanctioning Shaqiri departure

Date published: Monday 23rd August 2021 10:27 - Matthew Briggs

Xherdan Shaqiri embracing Sadio Mane in Liverpool training, 2019

Liverpool are looking to sell another four players this month after agreeing a fee with Lyon for the transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri, claims a report.

Lazio were the early frontrunners for the Euro 2020 star. Reports claimed that they would submit a bid after Shaqiri’s participation at the tournament.

However, Ligue 1 side Lyon took hold of the race and stepped up transfer interest.

Amid earlier doubt over his exit fee, The Times journalist Paul Joyce says that Shaqiri will leave for £9.5m.

That may prove a loss after Liverpool signed him for his £13m release clause from Stoke in 2018.

However, the reporter adds that Lyon’s initial bid amounted to £4m.

As such, Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has more than doubled Liverpool’s money from the deal.

The Athletic also claim the deal is going ahead and they also claim the Reds are “open to offers” for four other players.

Jurgen Klopp though will not hunt for a replacement for Shaqiri, instead Harvey Elliott is expected to fill the void.

And Liverpool will focus on outgoings in the final week of the transfer window.

The four players up for sale are understood to be Divock Origi, Nat Phillips, Loris Karius and Sheyi Ojo.


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Phillips surprise

While Origi, Karius and Ojo are predictable sales, Phillips’ availability is somewhat of a surprise.

The 24-year-old stepped up last season when the Reds were beset by injury problems.

In fact Phillips made 20 appearances last term, including 15 Premier League starts. His final eight league appearances also produced eight wins as Liverpool finished the season in good form.

Jurgen Klopp though has apparently decided that the Bolton-born defender can be moved on.

Liverpool do have more options after the signing of Ibrahima Konate and the return to fitness of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Taiwo Awoniyi and Harry Wilson have all left the club, while Ben Davies and Marko Grujic have also been allowed to leave the club on loans.

READ MORE: Jurgen Klopp talks Liverpool future: ‘Nobody should call me in 2024’

 

 

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