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'Incredible' star in 5 Liverpool should sell to Bournemouth amid £15m talks

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Nat Phillips is interested in joining Bournemouth in a permanent transfer following his loan spell on the south coast, but who else should Liverpool try to sell to the Cherries this year?

The Reds allowed the centre-half to leave Anfield for Dean Court in January after struggling to feature on Merseyside this term. Phillips made just three appearances in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp, and had also failed to feature for a single second in the Premier League.

Yet the 25-year-old put his Liverpool frustrations behind him to play an instrumental role as Bournemouth sealed their automatic promotion. Scott Parker played Phillips in each minute available across his 17 Championship appearances, sitting out only a 2-1 win over Stoke City.

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Phillips interested in permanent Bournemouth transfer from Liverpool

Phillips is now interested in making his loan transfer from Liverpool to Bournemouth a full-time switch this summer. That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who report the Reds have set a £15m asking price and expect to receive further enquiries into the Bolton-born talent.

Liverpool have already pocketed £1.5m as a loan fee plus a £250k bonus for Phillips helping Bournemouth seal promotion. He enjoyed his time with the Cherries, yet should start pre-season with the Reds as they are under no pressure to sell with him under contract to 2025.

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Bournemouth were hoping to retain Phillips in a permanent transfer from Liverpool for just £8m, per the Express. Talks are now continuing as there were no optional purchase clauses in the terms for his temporary move. But Parker would also settle for a second spell on loan.

So, with Parker and Phillips interested in Bournemouth sealing his permanent transfer, who else could Liverpool try to sell to the Cherries? A club who have previously paid £19m to sign Dominic Solanke, £15m for Jordan Ibe and took Harry Wilson on loan in the past six years…

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Liverpool should try to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain to Bournemouth amid Phillips interest

Liverpool should try to use their strong relationship with Bournemouth to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the Cherries amid Parker’s interest in Phillips’ transfer. The £35m ace enters the last year of his £120k-a-week contract in June, and is yet to prove worthy of a new deal.

Klopp has only played the former Arsenal dynamo in 17 Premier League fixtures so far this season. Oxlade-Chamberlain has additionally only started nine of his appearances, has not featured since February and has not made any of the Reds’ last six matchday squads, either.

Now, Oxlade-Chamberlain fears for his future on Merseyside, having yet to speak with the Anfield natives over a new Liverpool contract. That’s according to the Daily Mail, who note the Reds will take a ‘wait and see’ approach regarding the 28-year-old’s future this summer.

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Minamino could bolster Reds budget if Klopp pushes south coast switch

Liverpool triggered a £7.25m release clause to sign Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg in the January 2020 market. Yet the 39-cap Japan international is still yet to establish himself as a key player on Merseyside with just 29 Premier League appearances, starting only four.

His 10 top-flight outings thus far this term are also a joint personal-best with the 10 during Minamino’s first half-season. However, unlike the 242 minutes he managed in 2019/20 or 286 in 2020/21, the midfielder has only featured for 86 this term. Yet he has scored twice.

Klopp is under no pressing threat to resolve Minamino’s future with the 27-year-old under contract until 2024. He also hailed the £75k-a-week technician as ‘incredible’ after a strong showing in the FA Cup fifth-round after helping to beat Norwich City 2-1 after scoring twice.

Yet given how little Premier League minutes Klopp has proven willing to offer, Liverpool may opt to sell Minamino this year and could find him a new home with Phillips at Bournemouth.

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Liverpool should try to sell Gomez to Bournemouth if defender snubs new contract

Joe Gomez is already subject to interest by Championship title-winners Fulham ahead of the summer market. The Express report the Cottagers are interested in signing the defender in a double deal to retain Neco Williams, who spent the second-half of the season there on loan.

Liverpool would want £23m to sell Gomez, as well, which is more than Fulham want to pay. West Ham, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are also keeping tabs on his situation, as Gomez is a free agent in 2024 and has so far only played seven league games this season.

The Anfield hierarchy will approach Gomez to discuss a new deal at the end of the term, per the Liverpool Echo. But as Gomez has only started three Premier League games in 2021/22, Liverpool accept wanting to retain the defender is much easier said than it may prove to be.

Gomez may also see his future is now elsewhere, with most of his top-flight appearances in 2021/22 coming at right-back. If that proves to be the case, Liverpool should use their talks with Bournemouth over Phillips to sound out any interest Parker may have in another deal.

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Cherries could offer Keita landing spot with future uncertain

Bournemouth’s return to the Premier League and their natural desires for wanting top-flight transfers this summer could see Dean Court emerge as a landing spot for Liverpool to probe and secure a move away for Naby Keita, who will enter the final year of his contract in June.

Keita could struggle to convince Klopp that he deserves to be retained beyond the summer market. The 48-cap Guinea international has only managed 74 Premier League appearances since joining from RB Leipzig in July 2018 after the Reds paid above his £48m release clause.

He has also only offered seven goals and five assists, in-between several spells out through injury. Additionally, of Keita’s 74 top-flight outings, only 45 have come during starting roles. Also, of those starts, just 13 have come from a possible 27 games so far during this season.

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Liverpool should sound out Bournemouth move for Clayton amid Phillips interest

Liverpool could also use Bournemouth’s interest in Phillips’ transfer as a chance to secure Tom Clayton first-team football. The Anfield hierarchy could be reluctant to let the Reds’ U23s captain depart Merseyside for good. So, a temporary departure may suit both clubs.

Clayton may feel that at 21, he is ready to leave Liverpool in search of a senior breakthrough after struggling to under Klopp, however, given the defensive options he has available. The Rainford-born centre-half is yet to make his first-team debut and has only made one squad.

The Scotland U21 international was an unused substitute in the EFL Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa in December 2019. So, Clayton could feel that it is now time to forge his career away from Liverpool, having not yet ever departed Anfield since joining the Reds’ academy.

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