Liverpool could give up transfer fees for three players if they don’t sell them this month. It appears the Reds will take their chances.
Liverpool have done nearly all of their transfer business already. While some clubs – some rivals, even – will try and get deals done at the wire, the Reds finished the bulk of theirs early.
Incomings, certainly, seem done. Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay are additions to the squad, while most of the outgoings are done, too. There could still be a couple but not from the bulk of players that Jurgen Klopp typically calls upon.
But that’s actually quite interesting. Liverpool, after all, have three reputable players in their first-team squad whose contracts expire in 2023. By doing nothing, they could lose them all for free.
Yet, it appears they’ll do exactly that.
Liverpool unlikely to sell this month
The biggest name is Roberto Firmino. Liverpool won’t let him go in 2022 and that means either signing him to a new contract soon or letting one of their greatest ever forwards walk for nothing.
Now, that one does make complete sense to us. Firmino can easily deliver enough over the next season that’s worth more than any potential transfer fee. Even if he doesn’t agree to a new contract, keeping him is the right choice.
Naby Keita is a debatable one, though. We’d certainly rather he signed a new deal than was sold but there’s no guarantee about the next year. Keita’s injury history – and questionable consistency – could lead to a struggling campaign.
If he delivered that and then left for free, Liverpool would look pretty silly. He’s a player in his prime years, after all – they could get a decent fee right now.
As for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, well, that’s even more debatable. His injury history is bad and almost certainly rules out a significant fee. With that in mind, why bother selling? But that same injury history could rule him for most of the season.
He’s already nursing a ‘serious’ injury, in Klopp’s words. If things don’t lighten this season, Liverpool won’t get any value out of him over the 2022/23 campaign. Then they’ll really wish they’d sold, even on the cheap.
But for what it’s worth, we think the Reds are making the right decision in all three cases. The positives are too hard to ignore – if they deliver what they can, Liverpool are much stronger than if they’d gotten the money.
And that makes them all a risk worth taking.