Liverpool have an issue at the moment in relation to the Premier League and Champions League’s homegrown rules.
As soon as transfer deadline day passes, clubs must submit a squad of up to 25 players aged 21 and over. There is a limit of 17 “non-homegrown” players in this 25-man squad.
At present, Liverpool have 18 “non-homegrown” players in the squad.
Loris Karius will probably just be left out of the squad if Liverpool can’t find a buyer for him.
So that would be 16 foreign players in the squad, which would be just fine.
However, Liverpool need to sign a forward and a midfielder. Of course, they could just sign English players, but there are better options available further afield.
So, we will take a look at three non-homegrown players currently in the squad that could be replaced with homegrown players in order to make room for the midfielder and forward that is needed.
Sell Minamino and replace him with Madueke
The first player that can be moved on this summer is Takumi Minamino.
The Japan star is possibly worth keeping as a squad player, but is simply not good enough to play regularly for Liverpool.
He should be replaced by someone that eventually will be good enough to do just that.
Noni Madueke would make more of an impact than Minamino at present, and definitely will in the long run.
While he may cost up to £20m, Liverpool should be able to get over half of that for Minamino.
Perhaps a player-plus-cash deal could suit both sides, as we could see the 26-year-old having a good career in Holland.
For someone that could well be good enough to be Mohamed Salah’s long-term replacement, Madueke would be well worth it.
For us, the Londoner is the best homegrown option for Liverpool this summer.
The PSV star is being chased by many clubs, so the Reds will have to act fast to sign him.
Sell Adrian and replace him with Hart
Ok, there is absolutely no chance of this move happening.
Adrian recently signed a new deal at Liverpool to keep him on Merseyside as the third-choice keeper for another year at least.
Yet changing your third-choice keeper for the sake of a world-class midfielder and forward would be a no-brainer to us.
Joe Hart’s career has had a rather sad and almost unbelievable decline, but he is still a good character to have around the place.
Isn’t that what a third-choice keeper is really there for?
He probably wouldn’t even play a game for the club, would cost basically nothing and would help solve a big problem elsewhere.
Other keepers, like John Ruddy or Fraser Forster, could similarly fill the gap.
Sell Origi and replace him with Abraham
Perhaps with both Madueke and Abraham signed, there would be no need to sign an extra non-homegrown attacker.
Yet we would not be opposed to it, especially when Madueke’s age could mean that he needs time to settle.
We believe that he is not rated anywhere near as highly as he should be.
The Athletic believe that the Reds want a fee of up to £20m for Origi. If they get that, then they will have the money to spend on his replacement.
Pacy No 9’s with an eye for goal are always worth having at a club.
At best, Abraham could be Liverpool’s long-term striker. At worst, he comes in for a year and does not get as much game time as he would have liked and is sold at a very small loss.
A deal certainly makes sense to us.