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Edwards' clause with Barcelona has expired, are Liverpool vulnerable?

When it comes to Liverpool and Barcelona in the transfer market, there is quite a lot of history between the two European heavyweights.

The Reds have seen a number of their former star players snatched from beneath them in the transfer market and it forced Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards to act in the club’s best interests.

According to the Daily Star, a clause was negotiated by Edwards, which meant Barcelona had to pay an £89 million surplus if they wanted to do business with any players associated with Anfield.

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This came into effect after Philippe Coutinho secured a £142 million to Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018. The Brazilian became the third player in the space of eight years to trade Merseyside for Spain with Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez also making the switch.

Now, however, this clause has expired, meaning the Catalona outfit are free to send their scouts to the north-west of England in an attempt to lure a selection of Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions without the worry of an £89 million surplus.

Barcelona were previously interested in signing Georginio Wijnaldum, whose Liverpool deal expires at the end of the season while Sadio Mane has also been identified as a top-target as per The Mirror.

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Of course, Liverpool are in no position to sell from such a position of strength, a luxury they were ill-afforded in the cases of Suarez, Mascherano and Coutinho.

However, this could still change if the ECHO’s latest reports are accurate.

According to journalist Ian Doyle, he expects one of either Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino or Mane to leave the club next summer in a big money deal.

This comes from the Liverpool ECHO. In a Q&A on the ECHO’s site, Doyle went over questions from supporters in regards to relevant topics at the club such as injuries and potential transfers.

There was even a big prediction from Doyle as to when one or two of Liverpool’s pedigreed three will be sold or not.

“I’ve for some time been of the opinion this would be the last season Salah, Firmino and Mane start regularly together, and that was before Jota was signed,” he said.

“Now it appears at the very least they’ll be rotated more often. My hunch – and that is all it is, a hunch – is one of the main three could leave in the summer for very big money.”

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Liverpool fans should rest easy for now as we are a long way off from the end of the 2020/21 season.

At this time of writing, Klopp and his Reds are champions of England and the world. Such a title is likely to attract players rather than repel them towards other European destinations.

The expired clause with Barcelona may have put Liverpool in a slightly more vulnerable position but given the club’s current position of power, Klopp will have no qualms that his player’s prospects would be better suited anywhere other than Anfield.

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