Liverpool are preparing a summer clear-out that could reach double figures, according to Neil Jones of Goal.
Jones claims that Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants to trim his squad ahead of Liverpool’s upcoming Premier League title defence which begins at Anfield next weekend against Leeds United.
Among the list of potentially exiting stars are Loris Karius, Nat Phillips, Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Sheyi Ojo.
According to the report, Championship side Nottingham Forest are interested in the prospect of landing both Phillips and Ojo in an attempt to significantly strengthen ahead of another promotion push next season.
Forest have expressed a strong interest to sign Phillips, but face competition from a host of Championship clubs including Bristol City, Middlesborough, Stoke, Millwall and Swansea.
Liverpool are reportedly ‘willing’ to allow the 23-year-old defender to leave on a permanent basis having recently returned from a loan spell with Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart.
Phillips was previously involved in Liverpool’s two-week Austrian pre-season camp in Salzburg, but was omited from Klopp’s senior squad to face Arsenal in the Community Shield with 17-year-old Billy Koumetio preferred instead.
Jones also reports that Forest are also interested in the prospect of signing Ojo from the Reds on a loan deal. The 23-year-old is currently training with Liverpool’s under-23’s squad following his return from a loan spell with Rangers.
Ojo was once touted as a player who could become one of the great generational talents to come out of Liverpool’s academy.
Having clocked up 11 appearances during Klopp’s inaugural season at Anfield, the potential appeared limitless but Ojo has since to feature for the first team since January 2017.
Loan spells with Wigan, Wolves, Fulham and Reims were followed up by a move to Rangers, managed by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
Despite flashes of brilliance at Ibrox, Ojo failed to nail down a place and his loan deal was cut short despite scoring four times during 13 Europa League appearances.
Who else is leaving?
There are a number of other academy graduates expected to follow in the direction of Phillips and Ojo either on loan or permanently during the next few weeks.
Adam Lewis and Morgan Boyes have already left the club on loan following moves to Amiens and Fleetwood Town respectivley.
Wales international Ben Woodburn has attracted attention from League One outfits Ipswich and Portsmouth while Nigerian striker Taiwo Awonyi is wanted by both Mainz and Stuttgart with an alternate report also linking the 23-year-old with a move to Celtic.
Poland U21 international Kamil Grabara is another potentially on the Anfield exit list following a successful loan spell with Huddersfield. German outfit Hamburg are currently deemed the favourites to sign the Liverpool goalkeeper.
Rhian Brewster’s first team credentials remain an ambiguous prospect even before his decisive penalty miss at Wembley last weekend.
The 20-year-old striker made a great impression during pre-season following three goals in two friendly matches although it is most likely Brewster will be loaned out again for the 2020/21 campaign following a successful spell with Swansea and former England U17 World Cup-winning manager Steve Cooper.
As reported recently by The Mirror, Harry Wilson has been told he will not be loaned out again and will either be sold or will remain as part of Klopp’s plans for next season.
Wilson, 23, is currently valued in the region of £20 million although Liverpool are beginning to accept that the club may need to lower their asking price.
Marko Grujic remains in the same boat as Wilson with the Reds previously hoping for a similar valuation who is wanted by Hertha Berlin following two years with the Bundesliga outfit on loan.
Liverpool also still look to move on goalkeeper Loris Karius, who has been training with the first-team and was involved during the Reds’ pre-season camp in Austria although the German shot-stopper wasn’t involved in any matches.
Left-back Yasser Larouci recently returned to training with the U23s having recently turned down a contract extension. The 19-year-old is expected to be sold before the transfer deadline on October 5.