Liverpool expected big offers for three first-team players, according to reports. These offers never arrived, however.
This comes from the Athletic. They claim Liverpool expected offers to come in for three players. Things didn’t go their way, though, and the offers never arrived.
As a result, Liverpool didn’t spend much this summer. Not receiving the income they thought they would almost certainly contributed to that. But it can’t be the only reason.
In fact, they should eventually make a profit with the overall deals they made. The club just didn’t take any real risks this summer.
But perhaps these three sales could have made a difference. Let’s have a look at who they were.
Liverpool expected offers for players
The Athletic’s piece names the players as Nat Phillips, Neco Williams and Divock Origi. Liverpool were apparently happy to sell all three and actually expected to.
Instead, the trio remains on Merseyside.
Phillips signed a surprise new contract on deadline day. We imagine it was to try and maintain his value going forward, while also rewarding him for his efforts last season.
But tried to move him on for £12m, per the Athletic. They just couldn’t find a buyer.
Williams supposedly wanted out earlier in the summer. Again per the Athletic, he doesn’t see a long-term future at Liverpool with Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of him. He’s almost certainly right in that.
Liverpool wanted £10m for him but again, the offer next came.
And they found a similar situation with Origi. We’ll stick with the Athletic theme here and quote their claimed price-tag – £12m to £15m. But once again, no one offered it to Liverpool.
All in all, that’s £34m Liverpool hoped for and didn’t get. That virtually pays for Ibrahima Konate (£36m) and could have gone towards a new player.
The Reds supposedly wanted Jarrod Bowen, for instance (guess who reported that?), and he’d have cost around £35m. Those sales could have covered it.
You’ve got to say that Liverpool misjudged this one, then. They saw £34m coming in for an unneeded trio and instead got nothing. That held them back in the transfer market.
Could they have lowered their prices in order to fund a new signing? That seems sensible to us but it wasn’t the way they went. Hopefully, it’s not a stance they come to regret.