Klopp 'not surprised' by Elliott display for Liverpool in win
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Liverpool are reportedly ‘open to offers’ for four players having agreed a fee with Lyon for the transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri. Jurgen Klopp has set about rebuilding his squad this summer as he refocuses the Reds for a Premier League title challenge.
The German has refreshed his side with the signing of Ibrahima Konate and the promotion of Harvey Elliott to the senior squad.
Much of Liverpool’s summer business has been outgoings though, with five players heading out the Anfield exit door.
Georginio Wijnaldum began the departures, leaving the Reds on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract.
Outcasts Ben Davies and Marko Grujic have also been allowed to leave the club, joining Sheffield United and Porto on loan respectively.
Meanwhile, Taiwo Awoniyi and Harry Wilson have both left Anfield on permanent deals, bringing in more than £18million in fees.
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Shaqiri now looks set to add his name to the summer exodus, having grown frustrated with his lack of game time.
The Swiss international has been an important squad player since moving to Merseyside from Stoke in the summer of 2018.
But injuries and poor form have combined to see him slip down the pecking order at the Reds, especially since Diogo Jota’s arrival from Wolves.
He featured in just 14 Premier League games for the Reds last season, with only five of them being starts.
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But following an impressive summer for his national team at Euro 2020, he is now set to secure a departure.
According to The Athletic, the Reds have agreed a £9.5m fee with Lyon for the winger, with Shaqiri having already reached personal terms with the French club.
He will now undergo at medical ahead of the move, which is one that the Premier League side are said to have long been planning for.
The 29-year-old informed Klopp earlier this summer that he wanted to depart in search of more game-time – a wish that looks set to be granted.
But Liverpool’s squad overhaul this summer looks unlikely to end with Shaqiri’s impending departure.
The Athletic state that the Swiss will not be replaced through a new signing, as the Reds focus on outgoings.
It is said that the Premier League side are now “open to offers” for Divock Origi, Nat Phillips, Loris Karius and Sheyi Ojo.
Phillips is arguably the only surprise name on that list, with the defender having been a regular last season with the others outcasts.
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