Liverpool can be somewhat satisfied with the business they have done over the summer transfer window so far, with the Anfield club bringing in Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas and moving on a number of fringe figures including Rhian Brewster and Dejan Lovren.
It looks as though Jurgen Klopp is now happy with the squad he’s got for the Reds’ Premier League title defence and another crack at the Champions League.
There are, however, still three days left until the transfer window closes on Monday, and so there is time for the champions to offload one or two of their fringe stars with speculation still swirling around a number of players.
Here are three of the most noteworthy Liverpool transfer stories.
Klopp explains why Sheffield United switch is best for Brewster
Jurgen Klopp has offered an explanation as to why Liverpool have decided to let Rhian Brewster
join Sheffield United, with the forward on the brink of a move to Bramall Lane.
The 20-year-old is close to securing a £23.5million switch to the Blades, with Liverpool having inserted a buyback clause in Brewster’s contract, and Klopp has opened up on why this is the best move for the young forward.
“Rhian couldn’t make it here, so far (into the first team). That’s pretty much the information. But he has made big steps in his development,” the German explained.
“Rhian was seriously injured, so first and foremost we had to make sure he was ready for all the demands of professional football again and he is now 100%.
“He had a really good half season at Swansea and was really impressive, he came here for pre-
season and scored for us – you could see that he made big steps. It’s about development – if Rhian was now 25 or 26 we would say stay and work for your chance – it’s a different situation when you are younger.
“A player like Rhian in this position, it’s important he makes the next steps and uses
the time he lost during the serious injury.”
Liverpool demand higher fee from Burnley for Wilson
Liverpool have rejected a £12m offer from Burnley for Harry Wilson, with sporting director Michael Edwards demanding a minimum of £15m for the attacker.
Wilson spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, suffering relegation with the Cherries, but has interested a number of Premier League clubs, with Liverpool willing to sell a player unlikely to be more than a fringe figure this season.
According to Football Insider, Burnley have had an offer rejected by the Anfield club as Edwards
refuses to budge on his £15m valuation of the Wales international.
However, the Turf Moor club are reluctant to go that high in their bidding for Wilson, with The
Athletic (via the ECHO) reporting Burnley have pulled out of talks over the 23-year-old.
Jurgen Klopp drops hint over Shaqiri’s Liverpool future
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested Xherdan Shaqiri has played his last game for the
club after being omitted from the squad for Thursday’s Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal.
Despite selecting a squad of second-string players and youngsters, Shaqiri wasn’t involved against the Gunners amid speculation that he could be on his way out of the Anfield club before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Klopp only added to speculation with his answer to a question about the player’s future,
commenting: “I can’t and I don’t want to say anything about that. What I can say is he is not injured and it is not for disciplinary reasons.
“It is a time of the year when a manager get some informations then I have to react on that.”
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