Liverpool want Loris Karius off their wage-bill permanently, according to reports. Three more Reds find themselves in similar positions.
The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst held a Q&A for the paper on Wednesday. There, he explained the situation for Karius – and it seems pretty clear cut.
“In the case of Karius, yes, he is a player they would like off the wage bill,” said Gorst. But he then went on to explain how three others find themselves in a similar position to the 27-year-old.
“[Marko] Grujic, [Xherdan] Shaqiri and [Harry] Wilson all fall under a similar umbrella. I was told the club are relaxed about their futures. If offers come, they will listen. If not, they will have a role to play.
“Under no circumstances are the club open to loan deals, though, is my information.”
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It seems, then, that Karius is up for sale and Liverpool want rid. The goalkeeper hasn’t been around for two years now and it’s difficult to see a future at Anfield. If someone comes in with a half-way reasonable offer, it’s difficult to see why the Reds wouldn’t accept.
The ‘similar umbrella’ comment suggests the others are in a very slightly different position, though. Perhaps we’re reading into it but recent reports may shine a light on things.
The Mirror recently claimed that Jurgen Klopp could keep Grujic this season. The Liverpool Echo then reported similar about Wilson. It seems that both players will only leave if clubs offer the right amount.
Gorst says earlier in that Q&A that the figure for each is around £20m. If someone comes in with it, they’ll sell. Otherwise, the duo will stay at Liverpool a little while longer.
It now sounds as though Shaqiri is in the same boat. No loans, no cut-price deals, but very much on the market.
For Karius, though, it does look like his Liverpool career is done. If another club wants to take a chance on him, that is.