Three Liverpool players have permission to leave Liverpool this summer, according to reports – but only if they want. The Reds could keep them around.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim three Liverpool players have a choice to leave this summer.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino all have that ‘luxury’. The Reds won’t actively seek buyers but the trio can depart should they wish.
Alternatively, the trio all have places in Jurgen Klopp’s squad if they want them. So what exactly are the chances of them leaving?
Shaqiri has barely played over the last two years. Injuries have been a big part of the reason why – but they’re not entirely to blame.
It sometimes seems that Klopp doesn’t trust the Swiss playmaker. He’ll use him once and then confine him to the bench for the next two months.
The Echo’s piece explains that Lazio want Shaqiri and could bid soon. But honestly, he’s played well enough at Euro 2020 that several clubs will likely ask about him.
That gives him a clear opportunity of first-team football. Or at the very least, a regular squad role.
The other factor here is Harvey Elliott. The teenager will supposedly form part of the first-team squad next season and we imagine he’ll take Shaqiri’s place.
That, above all, should signal the end of the 29-year-old’s Liverpool career.
Here’s an interesting one. Minamino has been on Liverpool’s books for 18 months now but never made an impact.
He didn’t really get enough games, though. We can’t be 100% of the reason why but it seems Klopp, much like with Shaqiri, doesn’t trust Minamino.
We’ve always thought the Japan international looked too lightweight for the Premier League, in truth. That’s something you can fix but does he want to?
Minamino might fancy a move to a league that suits him, instead of trying to make it somewhere he doesn’t. Whatever the case, Minamino’s loan spell with Southampton gave him a better idea of what it’ll take.
We won’t be shocked if he chooses to move on.
Origi failed to make Belgium’s Euro 2020 squad. He never stood a chance with the number of games he played for Liverpool last season, though.
But he must have seen that coming. If Origi wanted a role in the squad, he’d surely have pushed for a move last summer.
It makes us wonder what his motivation is. It might simply be carving out a place for himself at a club like Liverpool. Regardless of what it is, though, the fact he didn’t push for a move last summer tells us he might not this year, either.
Earning a place at Euro 2020 gave him more of a reason to last summer. Without that, it’s hard to see why he’d request a transfer. Maybe to try for Belgium’s 2022 World Cup squad?
Origi’s feelings on that might end up being the decisive factor.