Liverpool face a crucial 10-day period for their summer transfer window plans with time running out for Jurgen Klopp to arrange his squad.
The German moved quickly to ensure his club secured the £35million signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig to bolster their defensive options.
But despite links with several potential new signings such as Manuel Locatelli, Saul Niguez and Florian Neuhaus, there have been no further additions.
The Reds have already raised £31m by selling Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi to Fulham, FC Porto and Union Berlin respectively.
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But Klopp faces an uphill task in reshaping his squad in time for the start of the new Premier League season on August 14 where they will face newly-promoted Norwich City.
There are several fringe players who have been linked with a departure this summer — and the Merseyside outfit must find a way to facilitate their exit if they are to bring in new faces.
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The Reds will be desperate to flog the misfiring Belgian this summer after scoring just one goal in 17 appearances last season, with only nine appearances in the Premier League.
Origi, 26, enjoyed his role as a super sub for Klopp during the 2018-19 season, scoring a crucial winner in the Merseyside derby and bagging a double against Barcelona in the Champions League.
But the forward has struggled to make an impression since then and has fallen down the pecking order behind Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.
Some interested parties have found his price tag somewhat steep, however, and a loan deal remains a possibility.
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It was expected that Shaqiri would be leaving Liverpool after starring at Euro 2020 with Switzerland, scoring three goals for his country.
But as it stands, no club views a permanent deal as a viable one, with Liverpool’s demands once again putting off potential suitors.
Lazio, now managed by ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, have been strongly linked with Shaqiri and the 29-year-old admitted that he would be “honoured” to move to the Stadio Olimpico.
“The important thing at this moment in my career is to be able to play regularly, but that hasn’t always been the case in the last three seasons,” he said.
“This is why I told Liverpool that I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my wish and will seriously consider the offers that will come. They will not stop me.”
Despite Shaqiri’s assertion that he will be sold, Goal claim Lazio’s reported £12m offer was rejected by the Reds and Napoli are also in the race to sign him.
But with only a year left to run on his current deal, they may be forced to take a cut-price fee later in the window.
It is no understatement to suggest Karius faces a bleak situation at Liverpool — and so do the club.
The 28-year-old remains their fourth-choice goalkeeper and has only been spotted in training recently as the club look to sell him before the transfer window closes.
Karius hasn’t played competitively for the club since the 2017-18 Champions League final, spending two years on loan at Besiktas before a frustrating temporary stint with Union Berlin.
With Alisson Becker the undisputed number one and backup stoppers Adrian and Caohmin Kelleher signing new contracts, the writing is on the wall for Karius.
The German was linked with a move to West Ham in January but the Hammers have since signed Alphonse Areola.
With only a year left on his current deal, the Reds could face cutting their losses on the error-strewn goalkeeper if it means him leaving permanently.
Given their concerns over homegrown talent, it would be a surprise to see Klopp cash in on Nat Phillips, a player who broke into the first team last season and impressed the German.
The 24-year-old deputised for the injured Virgil van Dijk alongside Fabinho at centre-back and after a shaky start to life in the Premier League found some form in his 20 appearances for the club.
With money to spend, Liverpool are hoping to receive a fee in the £15m region with Phillips currently behind Van Dijk, Konate, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the pecking order.
And now that Brighton are financially equipped, Klopp’s men could be tempted into a sale.
One of the most bizarre signings of the Klopp era saw Davies arrive from Preston North End in January, seemingly to help alleviate concerns over their defensive crisis.
But the 25-year-old has not made a single appearance, calling to question why the Reds paid an initial £500,000 fee rising to £1.5m for his services.
Davies featured in a friendly against Wacker Innsbruck during their pre-season tour of Austria, but his lack of minutes suggest the club will seek a deal in this window — just six months after his arrival.
Among the clubs to show interest in the centre-back are Sheffield United, who have enquired about taking the defender on a season-long loan, report Football Insider.
If Davies impresses while playing in the Championship, it could lead Liverpool to making a healthy profit on the Englishman.
Liverpool are not known for stockpiling players but in Sheyi Ojo, they have failed to find a new home for the winger for the best part of a decade.
Since arriving from MK Dons as a teenager in 2011, the forward has farmed out on loan to Wigan, Wolves, Fulham, Reims and Rangers and is yet to find a permanent club.
He spent time on loan at Cardiff for the 2020-21 season but supposedly did not do enough to earn a transfer which has left him in limbo once again.
Ojo’s contract is set to expire in 2022 and given that he has not featured for the club since the 2016-17 season, there is virtually no chance of a renewal.
However, the 24-year-old could head back to Cardiff on loan again, according to WalesOnline, if no alternative exit paths emerge this summer.
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