Liverpool could generate considerable cash through transfers for Nat Phillips and Xherdan Shaqiri. The Reds may sell both players this month.
August could see transfers for both Nat Phillips and Xherdan Shaqiri. The transfer deadline looms, after all, and neither player has a clear place in the squad.
Phillips sits behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate in the centre-back pecking order. That’s a very difficult place to be for a 24-year-old who should be approaching his peak years.
The Athletic reports Liverpool could sell Phillips as a result – if he wants to leave, that is. He’ll certainly have options, though, with Burnley, Brighton, Newcastle United and Southampton all after him.
The Reds would apparently hope to get £15m in any transfer but could settle for as low as £12m.
As for Shaqiri, he’s barely had a consistent role at Liverpool for his entire spell with the club. Injuries have hampered him quite badly, while Jurgen Klopp tends to stick with the same front-three.
Now Harvey Elliott is back at the club, too, and could take Shaqiri’s spot. We wonder if Kaide Gordon could be in line on top of that.
Certainly, Liverpool would prefer to give minutes to a youngster with great potential than a 30-year-old whose best years may be behind him.
Sky Sports claim Shaqiri can leave for around £12.75m. That’s roughly what Liverpool paid to sign him from Stoke City in the first place – so few could complain with that.
All in all, Liverpool are looking at £27m for the pair, potentially £24m if Phillips doesn’t sell for the right price. You’ve got to call that decent business for two players without an obvious place.
You can add that figure to an already substantial amount Liverpool have brought in, too. The Reds may not be signing players right now but they’re certainly stockpiling cash.
Let’s just hope they put it to good use.