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  • David Tyrer

Liverpool may struggle to raise the £120 million expected from six senior stars

As the situation with Timo Werner took another strange turn this afternoon, with RB Leipzig director Oliver Mintzloff denying any such agreement was in place.

But Goal's Neil Jones has provided some reasoning as to why Liverpool pulled out of a bid for the German forward.

According to the former Echo writer, Liverpool had previously hoped to raise around £120 million from the sale of up to six senior players. Much of which would no doubt have been used to fund the deal for Werner.

However, Jones states that the uncertainty around finances in football means that Liverpool's chances of raising such funds seem more unlikely with every day.

Also, the fact that Liverpool's wage bill is one of the highest, and the huge outlays for new contracts tying down our most valuable assets in Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

But considering that the club posted a profit of £43 million, despite all of those new deals, and annual turnover of over £500 million, many fans will be angered and somewhat confused about how 3 months of the pandemic could've wiped the club's financial strength out.

The six players cited to be sold are no great surprise, Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius. We'd go as far as to say £120 million was a slight underestimate. But we'd be looking at around half that fee now, in all fairness.

The article also states that Chelsea themselves posted a loss of £100 million but can somehow pull £50 million out of thin air for Werner. The difference there though, is that Chelsea are backed by a Russian oligarch. Something Liverpool most certainly are not.

Let's not forget though, while you may still be angry and feel like FSG aren't backing Klopp, despite everything he's achieved so far, Chelsea are far from guaranteed Champions League qualification.

The signing of Werner - and Ziyech - is a big sign of intent. But also a huge financial risk, considering their recent FFP ban, and potentially losing many millions by missing out of top-level European football for next season.

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