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Breaking down the core principles behind Liverpool's transfer plan

It is one month since the transfer window opened on July 27, Liverpool have so far signed one player following the arrival of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

Despite only one solitary addition, there are reasons for supporters to be positive regarding Liverpool’s business so far this summer.

We still hold out for a deal regarding Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara after numerous reports from Germany confirmed that ‘will happen shortly’.

Such a deal for Thiago or potentially another addition in central defence or attack would represent a solid window from the Premier League champions who have been cautious throughout so far, amid the ongoing pandemic.

One of the contributing factors behind Liverpool’s principles and core values this window regarding further additions hinges on a number of club outgoings.

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Dejan Lovren of Zenit Saint Petersburg passes the ball during the Russian Premier League match between FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and PFC CSKA Moscow on August 19, 2020 at Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Where are the player sales?

Aside from releasing a number of youngsters and allowing Adam Lallana to leave the Reds on a free transfer, Liverpool were able to sanction the sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg for a respectable fee of £10.9 million.


The Lovren fee effectively paid for the capture of Tsimikas with the Greek left-back costing the Reds just £11.75m [Guardian].

Aside from Lovren, there has been no further movement on player sales. This ultimately had an impact on the lack of further expenditure from the club.

The Mirror recently reported that Jurgen Klopp could look to use Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic as a way of injecting cash within the club that can then be used for transfers.

According to the report, Liverpool currently value each aforementioned player at £20m.

Meanwhile, Simon Hughes of The Athletic recently reported that Xherdan Shaqiri could also be sold.

There has been no movement with regards to a sale as of yet for any of them although Grujic is being monitored by several clubs in Germany and Italy while Wilson has previously been monitored by Newcastle United.

How much could Liverpool raise in player sales?

1.Harry Wilson

£20 million. Two impressive loan spells with Bournemouth and Derby coupled with the player’s young age make for a respectable valuation

2. Marko Grujic 

£20 million. AC Milan and Benevento are among two Serie A sides in the mix while Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach from Germany are also keen. Hertha Berlin wanted to secure Grujic on a permanent deal but opted not to exercise their £18 million right to buy the Liverpool midfielder due to lack of funds

3. Xherdan Shaqiri

£10 -20 million. Liverpool could still be tempted to keep him if the club deem there isn’t sufficient value in the club’s current attacking targets such as Ismaila Sarr.

4. Georginio Wijnaldum

£20-30 million. Given he has a year left on his contract, similarly to Thiago, Wijanldum’s value has dropped and Liverpool could be forced to accept a reduced bid to avoid a scenario similar to that of Emre Can who left the club as a free agent.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 18: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool during a training session on August 18, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Not an easy task

If Liverpool were counting on selling unwanted players to help fund potential deals such as Thiago and Sarr, then developments regarding outgoings will likely have to speed up in the coming days.

Klopp traditionally likes to get his business done early although with the window closing in October it is likely that Liverpool will take a more patient approach in this summer’s window.

One difficulty for Liverpool is that there may simply not be a market for the likes of Wilson, Grujic or Shaqiri. Many clubs are reluctant to spend big this summer given the financial ramifications of the pandemic.

Wijnaldum’s situation could still yet be resolved with a new contract or the player could begin talks with other clubs in January while Liverpool themselves potentially look at sorting a pre-arranged deal to land Thiago in 2021.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Kostas Tsimikas new signing for Liverpool at Melwood Training Ground on August 10, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Backing this up

The notion that Liverpool need to sell players in order to strengthen the team with incoming can be backed up.

Melissa Reddy of the Independent reported recently that difficulties behind a Thiago deal were not financial but that the club could not condone bringing in another midfield option unless they were to lose one of their current members.

The Telegraph also previously reported that Liverpool would need to sell players in order to add fresh recruits, noting that the Kostas transfer was only sanctioned due to the money the club received from the Lovren sale.

The quandary may not be as simple that Liverpool will only buy if they sell more that the club are fearful of a collapse in the market given the current economic climate.

Of course, moves could still be done in the next week or so but Liverpool have remained consistent that they are not about to alter their transfer policy following their recent Premier League and Champions League success.

It would also be a good time to sell players with limited opportunities in the first team too, let them seek out new challenges in plenty of time for the 2020/21 season.

If Liverpool can get one or two out of the door over the next few days, then it could have a snowball effect on some potential arrivals.

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