Four players at Liverpool must put in transfer requests if they’re to leave the club, according to reports. The quartet will otherwise remain in the squad.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim there are four players at the club who must put in transfer requests if they wish to leave.
Divock Origi, Harry Wilson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Neco Williams would all have moves away sanctioned if they were to request them. Otherwise, they’ll take up places in the Reds’ first-team squad.
That was also the situation for Origi and Shaqiri last summer. Both remained at the club, of course, and played bit-part roles.
Now Wilson and Williams join them – two players with difficult decisions to make.
Could transfer requests happen?
Two players appear certain to make the requests – Wilson and Williams. We’ve heard as much in recent months.
Wilson admitted back in April that he may need to move on from Liverpool if he’s to further his career.
“I feel my senior career has been elsewhere so far,” he told Sgorio. “I think I’m 150-200 appearances deep now and only a couple have been at Liverpool.
“The club will always be close to my heart but if it means moving away to further my career, then so be it.”
To us, that sounds like someone fully prepared to push for an exit – if he sees the right move available. Recent reports claim Williams sees things similarly.
As for Origi and Shaqiri, we’re really not sure. Origi missed out on Belgium’s Euro 2020 squad and we imagine that hurts. It’s hard to see him getting back in without a move – he just doesn’t play enough for Liverpool.
Shaqiri is there, though. If he didn’t push for a move a year ago, he may well see things the same this time around, too. After all, he managed to do enough to secure a Switzerland squad spot even with limited games.
How would it affect Liverpool?
Williams leaving would have the biggest effect as there isn’t another backup right-back in the squad. Liverpool must be careful with that one.
Wilson was on loan last season, meaning it’s not great loss if he departs. He’s a talented player but Liverpool weren’t using him anyway.
Origi barely plays as it is but he’s also the only out-and-out striker in the squad. We think it’ll leave a gap if he departs this summer.
And Shaqiri is actually the easiest to replace in the entire squad. Harvey Elliott had a wonderful time on loan at Blackburn and appears ready to step up into Liverpool’s options. He’d surely take Shaqiri’s spot.