FSG Might be Resigned to Liverpool’s Transfer Reality, and Jürgen Klopp will have to Figure out How to Deal With It.


In less than two weeks, the transfer window will close. The days pass, and Liverpool has yet to sell any players as of this writing. At the very least, there are no significant players.

Yes, Harry Wilson and Marko Gruji departed the club (bringing in much-needed funds), and Ben Davies was loaned to Sheffield United for a season, but the club hasn’t sold any players who have played regularly, or even semi-often, for the club in the last two seasons.

Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Nat Phillips, and Rhys Williams are all still at the club. Shaqiri appears to be the player most likely to leave the club, with recent rumors claiming that Lyon is in talks with Liverpool about a possible deal. However, he is still on the club’s books for the time being.

What happens if we get to the conclusion of the window and several of those guys are still at Anfield for the upcoming season?

Liverpool’s squad is overflowing with talent. Jürgen Klopp has around 30 players to pick from for any given match, and because only 20 players can be identified in the squad on match days, a large number of players end up watching from the stands. That’s bad news for the players, Klopp, and FSG.

It’s tough to see how those guys will get much playing time, even if the team is anticipated to compete and advance far in four different competitions. Phillips and Williams are in a difficult situation, given the team still has six central defenders.

Virgil van Dijk, Jol Matip, and Joe Gomez have all returned from long injury layoffs, as has Ibrahima Konaté, who has joined from RB Leipzig. The club’s center defense is suddenly packed. How much playing time can Phillips and Williams, who both had strong seasons in the second half of last season, realistically expect this season?

Phillips has been linked with a summer move to Burnley, but nothing has materialized as of yet.

Origi is in the same boat. Last season, the Belgian only made 17 appearances in all competitions, totaling only 536 minutes on the pitch. Origi was always a bit-part player at the club, never really posing a serious threat to the regular front three. However, even the bit-part player’s role is in jeopardy this season.

Takumi Minamino has returned from Southampton on loan and has impressed in preseason training. Harvey Elliott, who had a successful period with Blackburn, has also returned to the club and is looking to break into the first squad.

However, Origi’s lack of playing time last season has backfired, as no clubs have expressed genuine interest in signing him, let alone paying the FSG asking price. As a result, Origi is set to remain at Liverpool this season, albeit with even less playing time than the previous season.

Shaqiri’s strong performance for Switzerland at Euro 2020 has put him in the shop window, and it will be surprising if he remains at the club when the window closes on August 31st. Shaqiri has acknowledged that he wants regular playing time and understands that he won’t get it at Liverpool.

Is it possible for Liverpool to sell these players before the transfer window closes? In the end, only time will tell. However, neither the players, the club, nor FSG is currently victorious.