Liverpool journalist James Pearce has discussed the potential incomings and outgoings when it comes to the Reds’ attacking options during the transfer window.
When each player is fit and firing, Liverpool have arguably got one of the best front attacks in world football in the form of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. They are supported by the likes of Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Diogo Jota, who can also chip in from time to time if ever the main group are unavailable.
However, the futures of Origi and Shaqiri are somewhat in doubt right now, as they are two players that are reportedly looking to be sold off by the club this summer. Speaking about the matter on The Red Agenda podcast, Pearce claimed that if the club were able to get them out the door, then they would be looking to replace them rather than filling their positions from within:
“I still think if Shaqiri goes, and Origi goes as well, then Liverpool will be active in the market – they’ll have to be. That was what I was told recently, was that if those two players were to move on, then of course, they would look to recruit.”
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Do you think Liverpool should sell Shaqiri this summer?
This doesn’t come across as a big show of support for the likes of Takumi Minamino, who has been in the background for most of his Liverpool career and had to go to Southampton last season in order to get some playing time, so it does seem harsh that he would still be down in the pecking order if new faces were to come in.
Meanwhile, other players that they have had their disposal, particularly someone like Origi, who has gone down in Liverpool folklore for his part in recent seasons, have already proved that they can play a part at the club, so it could be deemed unfortunate that the club should be looking to jettison them.
So whilst the front three did suffer something of a slump last season, proving that there does need to be some strength in depth, there perhaps needs to be more faith shown in the rest of the supporting cast at Liverpool rather than buying and stockpiling players from other clubs unnecessarily.