There are still at least three first-team Liverpool players who could be sold this summer. The future looks volatile for some.
Liverpool have done some brilliant business this summer, both incoming and outgoing. The Reds moved to secure their targets on one end and clear up the squad on the other – bringing in plenty of cash.
One way they’ve done that is by selling Sadio Mané and Takumi Minamino, of course. Both played key roles last season, with Mané putting in one of his best ever. He asked to leave, however, and Liverpool obliged.
But the Reds have also brought in cash through those they didn’t even use. It doesn’t get much better than that – almost money for nothing.
We’re not entirely sure that Liverpool are done, either. We see at least three players in the first-team squad who could still leave for the right price.
Liverpool players who could be sold
We don’t really expect Keita to be sold this summer but as long as he hasn’t renewed his contract, his future looks volatile. His current deal expires in 2023 and that simply opens the door to a sale.
Liverpool, after all, wouldn’t want to lose such a talented player for free. Especially when he’s in what’s supposed to be his prime years. It means that the right offer could seriously tempt the Reds into doing business for Keita.
We do think he’ll sign a new contract but who really knows? We thought Mané would, too.
On the other end of the scale is Phillips – a player we do expect to leave. The centre-back will be fifth-choice at best this season and that’s not a nice role for someone in dire need of regular first-team football.
And so it’s not exactly a big shout to suggest that Phillips would leave with the right offer. In fact, Goal wrote to start the summer that Liverpool were listening to offers on three players – Minamino, Neco Williams and Phillips. The first two have now left, of course.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, like Keita, is out of contract in 2023. Unlike his teammate, however, there’s little to suggest that a new offer is on the way. That immediately opens the door to any sale – a club would just need to meet the asking price.
Now, we imagine there are plenty of clubs who would like to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain. The fact that he remains with Liverpool suggests the asking price is quite high, though, and that lends credence to reports that he’ll stick around.
That’s certainly fine by us – Oxlade-Chamberlain had some wonderful moments last season – but it’s a surprise stance. A big offer would surely still tempt Liverpool into a sale.