Liverpool, having suffered a Champions League final heartbreak against Real Madrid, are leaving no stone unturned and roped in several high-profile names to make themselves strong enough to compete for silverware.
The Reds have welcomed midfield duo Fabinho and Naby Keita, signed in Xherdan Shaqiri to add depth down the wing and also acquired Alisson Becker from AS Roma for £65m – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper beating Gianluigi Buffon’s transfer record of €52m from Parma to Juventus set back in 2001. It is still unclear whether they will try to reconstruct the collapsed deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, the Reds, however, are set to offload their fringe stars and a few of them are already drawing interest from home as well as abroad.
Danny Ings, 26, had two season-ending knee injuries that kept him sidelined for the majority of his time in Merseyside despite a blistering start to his Liverpool career and Jurgen Klopp, although rates him high and want him to stay, the Englishman, now fully recovered, is understandably keen to move on in search of regular minutes. Michael Edwards, the Reds’ sporting director, has set a price tag of £20 mil for the ex-Burnley centre-forward and Crystal Palace have reportedly opened talks to conclude a deal. Ings has not traveled to the US for Liverpool’s pre-season tour and is focusing on a fresh start amid interest from Leicester City, Newcastle United and Southampton as well.
Simon Mignolet, the former Liverpool ‘number 1’, lost his place to Loris Karius midway through the last season and the latter’s howlers forced the Merseysiders to wrap up Brazilian Alisson Becker in a mega-money deal. At 30, Mignolet is willing to have first-team minutes and an interest from Turkish giants Besiktas is being assessed as per reports. The Belgian will grab a starting role there following Fabri’s £5m move to Fulham and it is to be seen now whether Besiktas match Liverpool’s £12.5m valuation for the ex-Sunderland keeper.
Lazar Markovic, the forgotten man at Liverpool, never settled in Merseyside since his £20m move from Benfica back in 2014 and the failed loan spells with Fenerbahce, Sporting CP and Hull City further jeopardized his Anfield future.
The 24-year-old winger somewhat resurrected his form last season in a short loan stint with Anderlecht but is now set for a permanent move to start afresh. Liverpool are expecting a fee as low as £5m and interests from Olympiacos and Standard Liege might finally hand the Serbian an opportunity to fulfill his potential.