Jurgen Klopp has made a genuine statement of intent in the transfer market this summer as he prepares his side for a fresh title bid next season, and after completing a handful of mega-money deals it appears the Liverpool boss is eager to balance the books.
According to a recent report from the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are hoping to instigate a significant summer clear out this summer with 7 players in line for departure.
The players include: Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Marko Grujic, Sheyi Ojo, Lazar Markovic, Simon Mignolet and Pedro Chirivella, with the report stating £100 million could be generated from the aforementioned sales – an incredibly ambitious figure considering the calibre of talent listed.
The most high-profile sale on the list concerns the Belgium international Divock Origi who is reportedly attracting interest from Valencia. Liverpool are hoping to generate 30 million euros (£27 million) from Origi’s sale to the La Liga outfit, and if they are successful in reaching an agreement for that particular fee, there’s no doubt that it will represent an incredibly shrewd piece of business.
With Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke all in direct competition with Origi for a starting berth, something clearly has to budge for Liverpool this summer.
Origi spent the previous campaign playing his trade in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg where he managed to notch 6 goals and provide 2 assists from 31 appearances. His relatively modest return is not to be sniffed at as he has plenty of scope for improvement at just 23-years-of-age, but it seems clear that he is lacking the quality to spearhead a successful title challenge for Liverpool in the future.
And that’s exactly how Klopp has to view his players from this point forward after watching Man City set the bar at an ominous height last season with their imperious Premier League campaign. With that in mind, there’s no doubt that Liverpool should cash in on Origi this summer to begin balancing the books following their outlandish spending spree.
After spending just £11.37 million to secure his services in 2014, Liverpool could be set to make a substantial profit on a player who, in truth, has never quite convinced in the Premier League.
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