6 first-team players Liverpool could realistically sell - RTK view

We believe there are six first-team players who Liverpool could sell this summer. It promises to be a major transfer window for the Reds.

Liverpool appear to be thinking big this summer. The Sunday World claims they want to sign both Ozan Kabak and Ibrahima Konate but we think they need more.

In the wake of their financial report released on Tuesday, it’s clear Liverpool aren’t flush wish cash, however. Funding transfer will surely taken sales, then.

But who could they move on?

Ben Davies

We’ll start with the most obvious. Ben Davies hasn’t played once since joining on February 1st and that doesn’t bode well for a Liverpool future.

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The Reds will surely sell him on, then. It’s honestly not the worst strategy in the world. They signed him on the cheap with six months left on his deal, gave him some training under Jurgen Klopp, then move him on for certain profit.

It’s not what we hoped for when Davies signed but we can’t complain.

Nat Phillips

Now, this is one we say with a heavy heart. Phillips has been a revelation this season, all things considered.

He was never supposed to get a game but injuries thrust him into the first-team picture. Now we believe Liverpool are at the point where they actually missed Phillips at the weekend.

But if the Reds want two centre-backs, it’s hard to see a place for Phillips. He’ll surely move on to a decent club, though, and he deserves it.

Naby Keita

Probably the heaviest hitter on this list. Keita is in a tricky spot, despite his talent.

We think it’s pretty worrying for Keita that he’s not getting regular games. Especially at a time when numbers are light. Klopp prefers to trust the departing Gini Wijnaldum over the Guinean and that’s a bad sign.

Let alone that Curtis Jones appears to be ahead of him and only getting better.

The big question is this – are Liverpool happy to commit to Keita as a squad player? If yes, then he should probably stay.

But if not – and Keita’s injury record puts that into question – then it would be worth cashing in while he’s still got value. We’re not sure how much he’d fetch but a sale could seriously help fund moves this summer.

And for players Klopp is more likely to use.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

We could pretty much copy and paste the Keita write-up for this one. Oxlade-Chamberlain, too, is in a tough spot.

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He’s not getting regular games but does hold value. Liverpool may prefer to get that value in cash, rather than as a relatively unused, often injured squad player.

Xherdan Shaqiri

We’ll always be a little disappointed that we didn’t get more of Shaqiri at Liverpool. At times, he’s been absolutely fantastic.

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool expect to sell him this summer, though. We can’t imagine many would argue.

Shaqiri turns 30 in October and doesn’t really get a look in. Not to mention that Harvey Elliott seems positioned to take his place before long.

It’s time to call it quits, then. Shaqiri deserves some regular football before his career starts winding down. Unfortunately, he just won’t get that at Liverpool.

Divock Origi

Again, the Daily Mail says Liverpool expect to sell Origi. And of all the players Liverpool could sell this summer, this one might be the saddest.

Origi will forever hold a special place at the club after his Champions League heroics. His goals against Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur will be talked about long after he’s retired and you can’t really ask for more than that.

But Origi just isn’t performing anymore. In truth, he hasn’t done so since that Champions League final. Liverpool need more from their backup striker, while Origi needs games.

With a heavy heart, it’s time to say goodbye this summer.

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