Liverpool’s three-point plan for Transfer Deadline Day

Liverpool look set for a relatively relaxed Deadline Day given their signings last month of Thiago and Diogo Jota.

Jurgen Klopp’s squad looks in very good shape – even on the back of their 7-2 humbling versus Aston Villa on Sunday.

But strange things can happen immediately before the close of the transfer window. Liverpool might just be tempted to delve into the market again if the right deal presents itself.

They will also hope to let go of some of their unwanted players, particularly after their elimination from the Carabao Cup.

Here, then, we take a look at Liverpool’s three-point plan for Deadline Day.

Sell Shaqiri and Wilson

Jota’s arrival means Liverpool now have improved cover for their front three. With Takumi Minamino in the squad, too, the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson are surplus to requirements.

The latter has been a useful option for Klopp, but has clubs interested and could be sold for as much as £20million. That’s a significant return for a player who is, in truth, unlikely to play more than a bit-part role if he remains at Anfield.

Wilson could also bring in funds, with Burnley reportedly making a £12m bid for the 23-year-old. Liverpool want an improved offer, though it remains to be seen if the Clarets will come back in for the Wales international.

If they do, it could well be a late attempt to sign Wilson on deadline day. And if Liverpool recoup £15m from his exit, the Jota signing will begin to look like a very sensible piece of business.

Others might leave on loan: Marko Grujic has been linked with a potential switch to Southampton or Newcastle, while the likes of Ben Woodburn and Nathaniel Phillips might be shipped out, too.

If departures are the only deals done on Monday, Liverpool will still feel content with how the summer (and early Autumn) has gone.

Keep an eye on transfer opportunities

There is no urgent need for Liverpool to make any signings on deadline day, though if the right player becomes available a late transfer can’t be discounted.

Ousmane Dembele has been linked with a switch to Anfield despite rejecting an approach from the Premier League champions earlier in the summer.

The Barcelona winger is also a target for Manchester United, but if a player of his quality wants to join Liverpool it would be wise if the club at least consider it.

Elsewhere, Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak has been the subject of interest from the Reds. Klopp only has three centre-backs at his disposal in Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. The latter has been repeatedly set back by injuries, so bringing in a fourth defender makes sense.

If Kabak is out of the club’s reach, though, Liverpool will be reassured by the fact that Fabinho can fill in at centre-back. Youngster Rhys Williams has impressed in his two Carabao Cup appearances this season, too.

Keep hold of Gini Wijnaldum

There were very real concerns last month that Barcelona might swoop for Wijnaldum, given his links with the Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman.

The signing of Thiago only added to the speculation surrounding the Netherlands international, who has less than a year remaining on his contract.

If Barcelona were, hypothetically, to make a last-minute bid for Wijnaldum, Liverpool might be tempted.

As things stand, though, they seem happy to get another year out of the former Newcastle man, who turns 30 in November, regardless of whether or not he signs a new deal.

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