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  • David Tyrer

Liverpool won't sell first-teamers without having replacement lined up

Since January, Liverpool's squad players have pretty much, to a man, been linked with a move away from Anfield this summer.

The likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Adam Lallana are all expected to have a lot of interest once this season ends. And Liverpool had originally been expected to make quite a killing in the transfer market.

But after recent world events, and the restart of the Premier League so late in the year, it's likely that Liverpool may stick, rather than twist, with a number of squad players. Although, any we do sell, we will almost certainly replace.

At least that's the view of Liverpool Echo journalist Paul Gorst, who held a Q&A session this morning.

On the subject of selling one of Shaqiri, Origi or Harry Wilson, he said: "I would think that selling any of those three, particularly Origi and Shaqiri will see Liverpool into the market for replacements.

"They haven't got the biggest squads as it is - which Klopp prefers - but losing any of those three will means a delve could be on the cards.

"It would be madness to sell all three and stay inactive I feel."

Of all of Liverpool's squad options though, there's no doubting that Shaqiri offers the greatest quality and letting him leave without a replacement would be too big a gamble, Gorst says: "Think swaps will become more prevalent this window anyway.

"But I can't see a prospect of not replacing existing first-teamers. Shaqiri hasn't played much at all, but losing him without a replacement would be too big a gamble for me."

After seemingly having already lost out on Timo Werner to rivals Chelsea, it's likely that Liverpool will have some work on their hands to keep up this summer. Losing a couple of key squad players could well make that work all the more difficult as well.

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