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Clubs that may sign Liverpool deadwood in desperation

As we approach the final week of the summer transfer window, Liverpool have still not been able to sell some deadwood.

The Reds are relying on player sales so they can bring in a much-needed new signing of their own.

There are three players that will certainly be sold if a worthy offer comes in. These are Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Nat Phillips.

We also believe that the club would accept a good offer for Takumi Minamino if it comes to it.

So, here are four Premier League sides that could take these unwanted players out of Liverpool’s hands.

Xherdan Shaqiri – Leicester City

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Xherdan Shaqiri’s move to Lyon continues to stall. The French side’s manager Peter Bosz is still hopeful of signing the Swiss, but the two clubs seem far apart in their valuation.

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Liverpool are seemingly very keen to offload Shaqiri, so he really is the definition of deadwood at the moment.

There is one Premier League side in bad need of a right-winger: Leicester City.

While they would undoubtedly prefer to sign a younger, quicker talent like Noni Madueke, they may settle for Shaqiri if they cannot bring anyone else in.

Considering Liverpool want just £13m (Sky Sports) for him, he would be a decent short-term option for Brendan Rodgers.

Divock Origi – Brighton

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Unlike Shaqiri, there have not been many clubs directly linked to Divock Origi this summer.

There are quite a few teams in the top flight that could do with a striker-cum-winger, and Brighton are one of them.

Graham Potter’s side have no problem with creating chances, but they have an issue with finishing them.

Neal Maupay could well find his shooting boots and eliminate the need for a new man up top, but signing Origi would not be a bad shout.

The Belgian has always overperformed on his xG, meaning that he is an above-average finisher. If he was getting on the end of some of the chances created by the likes of Pascal Gross, then Brighton could turn expected points into real points.

Nat Phillips – West Ham

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Nat Phillips is one Liverpool player that actually has been linked to Brighton this summer.

However, they have been without Ben White for some time now and the Phillips rumours have died down a bit recently.

Luckily, there is another Prem side in need of a centre-back. West Ham only have three senior options in the squad at the minute and badly need a fourth.

Yet they also need a striker and an attacking midfielder (they can take their pick from the four players here, actually). So, they could decide that a budget option is needed at centre-back.

It is easy to see why David Moyes may be interested in Phillips, who would compliment Angelo Ogbonna rather nicely.

Takumi Minamino – Wolves

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Minamino isn’t necessarily deadwood, but it is hard to see him making an impact at Liverpool this season.

So, if an offer of substance comes in, Liverpool will probably sell.

We’re still not quite sure what his best position is, but he is certainly versatile.

He is exactly the type of player that Wolves need, with Pedro Neto ruled out until next year and Raul Jimenez still easing himself back in after a serious skull fracture.

Minamino could cover either wing, up front and attacking midfield. These are all positions that Bruno Lage’s side are light in.

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