Both Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson have been linked with reported exits this summer as Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool potentially look to raise funds for external attacking options in the transfer market.

Liverpool Pre-Season Training Session

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 15: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during a training session on August 15, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Reds duo have both been identified as potential outgoings as Liverpool look to bolster their prospects from the bench to help provide other goalscoring possibilities other than the club’s heavily relied-on pedigreed front-three.

Indeed, the attack has been the hardest area of improvement for Klopp in recent years with no major additions brought into the club in that department since the signing of Mohamed Salah in 2017.

The difficulty is that it is virtually impossible to find a better option in the market currently than Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino or Salah who are all among the best forwards across the continent.

However, Liverpool have lacked goals outside of the aforementioned trio and Klopp will be fully aware that external options will be required.

The fact the Reds were in the market originally for Timo Werner proves as much although it also showcases that Liverpool will only strike potential deals if all financial determining factors are met.

Liverpool currently do not have the funds to spend astronomically on attacking understudies yet there are still other options than Werner.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 14: Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action with Ismaila Sarr of Watford during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield on December 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Sarr a potential candidate

Watford’s Ismaila Sarr has been identified as a potential target and given his relationship with Senegal national side teammate Sadio Mane the lure towards Liverpool could be too strong for the forward to ignore.

The Hornets reportedly want £40 million for the 22-year-old who contributed six goals and six assists during his inaugural campaign in England.

Liverpool have made it clear they will not pay Watford’s eye-watering evaluation which means any chance of striking a deal rest on whether the club can negotiate an alternate deal that includes player add-ons if an initial fee is closer to £25m rather than £40m.

 

If Liverpool were to sanction a deal for Sarr then it will mean either Wilson or Shaqiri will likely be sold to raise the cash required to land the Senegalese ace.

It is unlikely both players will be sold which makes the case that Wilson’s sale should be prioritised as Shaqiri represents a more natural fit to Liverpool’s front three.

Also, Shaqiri has three years left on his Liverpool contract which means there is no urgency to seek value in the player’s sale as of yet as his future remains very much in the club’s hands.

Harry Wilson Liverpool

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – JULY 31: #59 Harry Wilson of Liverpool FC reacts during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Geneve on July 31, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by RvS.Media/Robert Hradil/Getty Images)

Price determining

Wilson (23) and Sarr (22) are very similar ages and are at an identical stage in their own individual developments. Both players have only had one season in England’s top-flight so the idea of having both at Liverpool’s disposal makes little sense.

If there is value to be had in Wilson then it is likely a sale will be prioritised opening the door for a player like Sarr to potentially join the Anfield helm.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool would be willing to listen to offers for the Wales international in the region of £20 million.

The underlying factor will undoubtedly be price and whether even in the current economic state, Liverpool can still command a considerable figure for Wilson.

If so, then all of a sudden Liverpool can offset the spend for Sarr and other potential targets.

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