Liverpool could generate as much as £100 million from player sales this summer with several players on the fringe of the first team and looking likely to leave.
Although talk of what players Jürgen Klopp would like to bring in this summer has dominated headlines, there are a number of players that are not heavily involved in the first team setup and could be move on this summer.
Last summer, the likes of Christian Benteke, Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel saw Liverpool rake in close to £80 million and this is likely to be matched as Klopp sells on those he doesn’t need.
According to the Liverpool Echo, although Crystal Palace want to keep Mamadou Sakho next season, they are unwilling to meet his £30m price tag.
The Frenchman is keen on a move to a Champions League club and will generate a large portion of the Reds’ revenue from player sales.
The only outgoing transfer for Liverpool so far is the sale of Andre Wisdom to Derby County for £2.5m up front rising to £4.5m after add-ons.
As of yet, Liverpool are yet to actively seek to sell on Daniel Sturridge and the forward hasn’t indicated a desire to leave either.
Yet, with the current market rate for top strikers being what it is, the Reds would be unlikely to listen to offers below £30m.
Lazar Markovic, who arrived from Benfica three years ago is for sale and Liverpool want to recoup the £20m they paid for him. Watford and Zenit St. Petersburg are supposedly interested, according to James Pearce.
Alberto Moreno, a fan favourite, is also likely to leave with several clubs expressing their interest in the Spanish fullback. Napoli have already had an £11 million bid rejected while Swansea City also submitted a bid, albeit slightly higher at £13 million.
James Pearce writes that “former club Sevilla, AC Milan and two Premier League clubs have all enquired about the 24-year-old.”
Moreno’s Liverpool career is all but over after a season in which he was usurped at left-back by a midfielder in James Milner.
Another player Liverpool will demand around £10m for is Kevin Stewart. The Englishman hasn’t been influential on Merseyside but the Reds want to be reimbursed for their part in his development should he leave this summer.
He arrived from Spurs in 2014 for free and has done reasonably well but at 23 years of age, the midfielder hasn’t led many to believe that he’ll have a glittering career.
Lucas Leiva has been at Liverpool for 10 years and has been a terrific servant for the club but many have suggested that his time at the club is drawing to a close.
As James Pearce rightly suggests, however, at this stage of his career and life, on the whole, his career decision will be less about football and more about what is best for his family.
Lucas is 30 and has had an admirable career at Liverpool, outliving several managers and hundreds of players but will need to make a decision about what is next. If he does leave, he won’t be short on options and Liverpool will expect to get £5m from his departure.
As far as Jon Flanagan, Pedro Chirivella, Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall are concerned, however, their futures are much more easily decided.
The four young players will take part in Liverpool’s pre-season programme in a bid to impress Jürgen Klopp that they are good enough to remain on the club’s books.
Liverpool have already signed two players this summer and there are still expected to be a few more high-profile arrivals.
Dominic Solanke will officially sign for the club upon the expiry of his contract with Chelsea on July 1st whereas Mohamed Salah arrived for a record transfer fee last week. The Egyptian cost Liverpool £36.9m plus a further £7m in add-ons.
With the transfer window only shutting in August, there is plenty of time for Liverpool to complete their transfer business before the start of the Premier League season and their two-legged UEFA Champions League qualifier.