As the transfer window deadline approaches, the preferred phrase coming out of the mouths of many Liverpool supporters is, “one more.” One more center back. One more midfielder. One more attacker. One more Nabil Fekir-shaped player.
This is in stark contrast to the preferred phrase coming out of the mouths of folk within the club, namely, “Can I interest you in a shiny new Origi?”
All the noises coming out of the club since the signing of Alisson Becker have been that the club are looking to sell, not buy. With less than a week until deadline day, that notion has been reaffirmed by David Maddock of The Mirror.
In a tweet this morning, Maddock wrote:
“No #LFC interest in Aaron Ramsey - no chance of any further Liverpool signings before window closes. Reds will concentrate on outgoings, Mignolet, Origi, Ojo, Grujic could all go, some on loan. Danny Ings will also depart next week - though Palace not favourites.”
Well, it didn’t take long for that Ramsey rumor to die a swift and painless death. It seemed unlikely anyway under the circumstances, but good to know anyway.
In addition to Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Sheyi Ojo, Danny Ings, and Marko Grujic, The Echo also note that Lazar Markovic is also, technically, still with the club and available for a move. Poor Lazar, getting forgotten yet again. Hang in their Liverpool, maybe you’ll get a six-pack out of the £20 million lad.
None of this should come as a surprise. None of these players would be pushing for a starting (or even squad) role if they stuck around, baring an injury crisis of biblical (or typical Liverpool) proportions.
This is a good thing. We have arguably the strongest and deepest squad of any Liverpool side in the Premier League era. Hopefully we can move some of these players on, finding them new forever homes, recoup a bit of cash, and get ready to kickoff a news season.