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Liverpool to sell three stars to fund Timo Werner transfer

According to the reliable James Pearce of the Athletic, Liverpool are set to offload three players to help fund the Timo Werner transfer.

The Reds’ transfer plans have been put on hold following the coronavirus pandemic. This will affect strengthening a side that is already competing at the top of the table both domestically and in Europe.

One of the high profile deals to suffer as a consequence is that of German ace Timo Werner. The Reds have been heavily linked with the prolific 24-year-old who has led the Leipzig side with panache this season.

The player too is receptive of a move to Anfield but is now forced to wait due to the circumstances. With money at a premium, it appears that the club will have to sell in order to buy this summer.

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According to the report, the three players on the chopping block are Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson, and Marko Grujic. The former has had an injury-hit season while the latter two are currently out on loan.

Wilson and Grujic are expected to fetch around £40million between them, with Shaqiri potentially going for as much as £30million.

Shaqiri has made just 10 appearances this season, most of them coming as cameos. He has played the whole 90 minutes just once. This came in the impressive 5-2 win against Everton at Anfield in December. The 28-year-old is still capable of putting on a show. But having fallen down the pecking order, it might be time for him and the club to part ways.

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has played sparingly this season

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Wilson came through the Liverpool academy. He impressed last season for Derby County in the Championship before going on to do the same for Bournemouth this season. An excellent set-piece taker, the news of his potential departure might not be welcomed by a section of the club’s fans.

Grujic too has impressed at Hertha Berlin. H has been one of the club’s best players and has improved considerably since being sent there in 2018. Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool, the Serbian is yet to get an opportunity to show what he can at Anfield.

With the Liverpool midfielder not getting any younger, The club will do well to keep hold of Grujic.

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Werner is undoubtedly a world-class player. He also has the potential to become something special. It, however, remains to be seen if Liverpool can secure the required funds in the coming months. If not, another quiet summer window could be on the cards on Merseyside.

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