Paul Gorst answers all your questions on the latest transfer rumours and news including Patson Daka, contract talks and Youri Tielemans.
Liverpool are already making their moves ahead of next season and the transfer window isn’t even open yet.
Which deals will get done and what players will remain at the club when the new campaign gets underway?
All these questions and more were put to the ECHO’s LFC correspondent Paul Gorst.
The transcript of the full Q&A is below:
JamesHughes98: Hi Paul, hope you are well. Following the signing of Konate, do you anticipate a quiet summer? Or does the rest of the signings depend on outgoings? May as well start with transfers!
Paul Gorst: I think so, yes. It won’t be a summer like 2018 that’s for sure. Pandemic losses are at around £120m, but I think there’ll be some business to be done. Now CL football is secured, Liverpool will have a better grip on their budgets and the Konate signing early on was a bit of a statement. Contract talks appear to be the primary focus for now though.
aycampo: Any truth in the rumours linking us to Vlahovic of Fiorentina ?
PG: Not that I am aware. He’s had a superb season by all accounts at Fiorentina and he’s still just 21 but I am not aware of him being a genuine target at this stage.
NedBayou: Hi Paul. What do you think for Loris Karius’ future this summer? Will we finally get rid?
PG: Loris Karius has no future at Liverpool. Another loan spell, this time at Union Berlin, failed to work out and it’s interesting to note that the club could be in need of a third-choice keeper if Adrian moves on this summer. It won’t be Karius, however. If a buyer cannot be found, another loan will be looked at. His career is over at Anfield.
TJDF: Hey Paul, any sign of contact for Daka or Watkins?
PG: None as of yet. I believe the priority will be contract renewals, but I am sure a new forward will be looked at. Daka and Watkins fit the profile in terms of age, mobility and potential, particularly Daka who is just 22.
Liverpool have a good relationship with Salzburg too so that would certainly help. Liverpool need another forward for my money and I expect Origi and/or Shaqiri to depart too.
Jaycampo: Big Nat Phillips is a WONDERWALL of a defender but MAYBE it is time for him to move on to get some first team minutes, any sign of a move for him ?
PG: Definitely Maybe! Some Might Say Phillips is part of Klopp’s Masterplan, but his career won’t Live Forever. I think Phillips might Acquiesce to a club offering first-team football but while he will look to Roll With It, Klopp will tell him to Don’t Go Away.
On a serious note, I think Phillips has the power in his hands. He’s proven he can do a job at Anfield but if he has top-flight interest this summer he will leave with a massive pat on the back and the best wishes of the club. He’s made himself a (Rock and Roll) Star this season.
Anukarsh: Thoughts on Saul Niguez to Liverpool?
PG: I haven’t seen an awful lot of La Liga this season but he’s certainly a player. He could definitely do a job in Klopp’s midfield haven’t been used to working so hard in Simeone’s system. That’s not me saying there’s interest, though. I don’t believe there is.
AJP92: A midfielder incoming capable of playing the amount of games Gini did likely?
PG: All the noises are that they aren’t targeting a new midfielder, but I wouldn’t rule it out completely personally. Wijnaldum played 51 times last season. Klopp cannot afford to throw away that level of durability or output. Let’s face it, Keita and Oxlade don’t have great injury history. It’s a huge ask for them to string 30/40 games together. Even Henderson has had fair share of issues.
arthurgabardo: Hello from Brazil. Any sign that Matip may be leaving? And is there any contact for Gravenberch?
PG: Matip won’t be leaving. He is very much a part of the thinking for next season. A campaign free of injury is a must though, he’s struggled for two seasons at least now. Not aware of any contact for Gravenberch. He could be set for a big Euros though, he looks a player.
Andre1912: Hi what about Wjnaldum replacement ? Hendo Milner Thiago all over 30 and Keita ox injury prone player , i think new midfield should be a priority. We are going to make same mistake we made with Lovren last year
PG: I completely agree with you. Letting Wijnaldum go is a baffling decision for me. He’s desperate to stay. Or at least was. Keita cannot be relied on fitness-wise. Milner is 35, Henderson has had his own injury problems. A replacement is a must, for me. Told it’s not a priority right now though. We shall see.
BloodRed17: Will Mbappe choose Real Madrid over Liverpool?
PG: I don’t think either club can afford his transfer fee. New contract at PSG is the outcome I see. He won’t be arriving at Anfield, sadly.
AJP92: Returning loans, who stays and who is sold/loaned again?
PG: I think they’ll look for buyers for Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic. Elliott will likely stay put to play more first-team games next season. Liverpool were delighted with how his loan spell at Blackburn went. He has a massive future ahead of him.
TJDF: is there any indication in the underlying figures of Ben White to suggest he could cover CB and CM if Philips were to move? maybe Philips plus money Brighton’s way, he’s surely an upgrade on Dan Burn
PG: No, Liverpool won’t be bringing in a replacement for Nat Phillips IF he does move on this summer. There’s no desire from Klopp to sell him, so it’s basically down to the player himself and if interest arises. Not aware of any at this stages.
millb12: Hi Paul, hope you’re well. Youri Tielemans would be ideal for us, but if we’re going with the narrative of a quiet summer, do you think Bissouma would be the target that Klopp would opt for?
PG: From what I’ve seen of Bissouma, I think he would be a great fit for Liverpool’s midfield and might not cost the earth. Tielemans is a class act too but would be big, big money after the season’s he’s just had. Contract talks are the big priority for now at Liverpool though.
George123Moore: What are the plans for Taki?
PG: According to Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton want to keep him. Liverpool are saying no decision has been made, but I suspect he will leave if they can get a decent fee for the Japan international.
karrrl13: Hi, is there any news on the potential of signing Issahaku? Were alot of rumours at one point, very interesting young player
PG: My colleague Ian Doyle wrote a piece about him last week. He is not on his way to Liverpool.