Liverpool journalist Paul Gorst has claimed that Nat Phillips, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius are all poised to leave the club before the end of the transfer window.
Gorst says that the trio will all depart from Anfield, whilst also claiming that the Xhedran Shaqiri and Harry Wilson could also be on their way out along with them.
Speaking in a Liverpool Echo Q&A (2:51pm), Gorst gave an update on the club’s fringe players. “I think Nat Phillips, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius will all leave. Likes of Wilson and Shaqiri very much up in the air.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t be leaving. And it doesn’t look like Gini Wijnaldum is going anywhere either.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Liverpool are well-stocked in midfield at the moment, which makes an exit for Grujic seem like the best course of action. He has Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita to compete with, which makes it hard to see where he fits into Klopp’s plans. Phillips and Karius also have players ahead of them in their positions, with Klopp seemingly happy to allow them to move on.
Wilson and Shaqiri are intriguing cases, with the signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves potentially playing a part in their future at the club. With Jota coming in as competition for the front three, Wilson and Shaqiri could find it even harder to get a game in the Premier League for the Reds.
This means that they may have to move on in order to find regular minutes elsewhere. However, it does mean that clubs will need to match Liverpool’s valuation of them and it remains to be seen whether there are any clubs who are prepared to do that. With a few weeks left in the transfer window, it could be a very busy time at Anfield before the deadline.