Liverpool are making a smart move by playing Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson against Arsenal. It could help secure £50m in player sales.
Both Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic started Liverpool’s game with Arsenal on Thursday. The League Cup tie saw a second-string Reds side and the players made their biggest appearance of the season so far.
And it’s a notable move. Both players are surplus to requirements at Liverpool and Goal recently claimed that bids are in for both. In fact, combined with Rhian Brewster, Liverpool hope to get around £50m in player sales.
But why take the risk of playing the duo in the cup? An injury could spoil it all – and won’t they be cup-tied for anyone looking to buy them?
Well, when you really look at it, it’s a very smart decision from Liverpool. It’s one that could really go a long way to securing that £50m, in fact.
The cup-tied one is easy to explain – Liverpool are highly unlikely to sell the players to the teams left in the competition. Burnley, who reportedly want Wilson, for instance, are already out.
As for injury risk, the bonus of match-fitness outweighs it. Teams have games coming thick-and-fast because of the compacted schedule, thus match-fitness takes greater importance.
There’s no point signing someone if they’re going to take a month or two to get up to fitness. Liverpool, however, can keep their transfer-listed players fit in games like this. They’re also proving the players’ fitness to any potential suitors.
This is more than just a ‘shop window’ situation, then. It’s a smart move at a complicated time. And as Liverpool hope to get a massive £50m for fringe players, using the League Cup like this is a very smart move.