Liverpool are reportedly preparing to cash in on both Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri when the January transfer window opens for business.
According to ESPN, Liverpool could sell Origi and Shaqiri if the money they receive for the pair is enough to fund the signing of a defender to bolster their squad.
The report claims that Jurgen Klopp wants to keep the majority of his squad together, but could sacrifice the pair if it means they can bring in a centre-back.
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This is not the biggest surprise of the season given how little the pair have played in the Premier League for Liverpool so far. Shaqiri has played 51 minutes across two matches, whilst Origi has been given a solitary minute on the pitch in his only appearance of the campaign. So, it appears as though they are both surplus to requirements as far as the league is concerned with Klopp, which makes selling them seem plausible as it could generate transfer revenue and get their wages off the books.
The report does not name any potential suitors for Shaqiri and Origi, though, which could be a cause for concern. Teams might be wary of their lack of match action and that could mean that Liverpool struggle to get good prices for them. How can Liverpool justify huge price tags, if they demand them, if neither player is able to play more than 51 minutes in the first 10 Premier League matches? It is a potentially sticky situation for the club, but it could be good to have their futures sorted in the next transfer window to then have two less problems to deal with in the summer between seasons – especially with the European Championships possibly disrupting the window as well.