Liverpool look set to trim a few players from the wage bill in the next couple of days.
With the bulk of the Reds’ transfer incomings completed (possibly all of it, even), attention for the last few weeks of the window has been turned towards cutting some players from the squad. Jurgen Klopp has been pretty vocal about the need for a tighter squad, and reports over the past week or so have suggested that anywhere from seven up to ten players could be heading out the door.
Said clearout is said to begin in earnest this week as several players depart, either on loan or on a permanent basis.
Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella is closing in on a move to Norwegian side Rosenborg for a deal that could be worth up to £3.5m. The 21-year-old was signed by Brendan Rodgers in 2013 and was highly regarded at the time, but he failed to make the first team breakthrough and moves on after spending the last 18 months on loan in the Netherlands.
#LFC accept a fee of £2.4m potential rising to £3.5m from Rosenborg for Pedro Chirivella.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 29, 2018
Should Chirivella prove to be a success in Norway, Liverpool will insert a buyback clause into the deal to allow them to maximise his value at a later date. Should the deal go through quickly enough, and if Rosenborg get knocked out of the Champions League, then the midfielder’s first Rosenborg appearance could come against Cork City in the Europa League next month.
Another player likely to be on the move is Lazar Markovic, with several clubs tracking his signature. The Serbian winger has been involved in Liverpool’s pre-season campaign but it has been patently obvious for some time now that he has no future under Klopp at Anfield.
Olympiacos and Standard Liege are in talks with Liverpool over the transfer of Lazar Markovic, Sky sources understand.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 28, 2018
Olympiacos and Standard Liege are reportedly in talks to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis, with some tentative sources claiming that the fee will be somewhere in the region of £6m. Markovic is in the last year of his contract and after spells at Sporting Lisbon, Fenerbahce, Hull and Anderlecht he finally looks set to be officially leaving Anfield.
To Danny Ings next, and Crystal Palace reportedly lead the charge for his signature. The England striker has asked to leave Liverpool in search of first-team football and, having been left behind in the club’s pr-season tour of the US, looks very likely to leave the side in the very near future.
Liverpool are demanding £20m for his services – a price that Palace seem willing to pay – so a deal to take Ings down the same south London route as former reds Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho appears to be edging closer.
While the likes of Divock Origi and Simon Mignolet are also set to depart, one player heading out temporarily is highly-rated forward Ben Woodburn. The Welsh international appears likely to be heading to Aston Villa on loan for the season, in a bid to further develop and spend a year gaining valuable first-team experience.
Aston Villa favourites to sign Ben Woodburn on a season-long loan deal. Sheffield United keen, Wigan unlikely. Could get done this week. #LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) July 29, 2018