Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri stay as clubs hesitate over Liverpool prices – Liverpool FC


Liverpool have passed the transfer deadline without agreeing on the moves of Marko Grujic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson, with the trio ready to stay with the first team.

The Reds have made few changes to their senior squad throughout the summer, with the arrival of Thiago, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas while Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Rhian Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever and Andy Lonergan are gone.

Loris Karius was among those to leave on loan as Jurgen Klopp slashed the numbers at Melwood, but as the deadline loomed, the future for a number of players was still uncertain.

Grujic, Shaqiri and Wilson were expected to leave, as it was claimed at some point in the summer that offers would be considered for Divock Origi and Sepp van den Berg could leave on loan.

But with the 11pm deadline now passed, Liverpool can no longer do business with clubs outside of the Football League – with an extended October 16 deadline for travel between the Premier League and the lower leagues.

Borussia Mönchengladbach, West Ham, Southampton, Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen were among the clubs linked to Grujic, but no deal came through.

None of Burnley, Leeds, Brighton or Fulham secured Wilson’s signing either, while the approaches of unidentified clubs from Italy and Germany who saw Shaqiri excluded from the last League Cup squad from Liverpool did not represent any meaningful offer.

It wasn’t for lack of trying on all sides, but the Reds’ determination to find value for the players on their squad and not send them out on loan ultimately left them in Merseyside.

The three are believed to have been valued at around £ 20million.

Now they will be integrated into Klopp’s first team at least until January, which could prove useful given the number of games Liverpool will play.

There are 18 more matches before the end of the year, split between the Premier League and the Champions League, and although neither of the trio are likely to compete for a regular role in either competition , they can be called in case of injury or illness.

Klopp’s team have already been plagued with fitness issues since the start of the season in August, while Thiago and Sadio Mane have had to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19.

Considering Grujic and Shaqiri’s performances in particular in the Coupe de la Ligue, Klopp could squeeze some useful displays from the trio if needed.

Van den Berg may still be moving to a Championship club or less, such as with Ben Woodburn, Nat Phillips, Herbie Kane, Liam Millar and Yasser Larouci, with loans and permanent trips still allowed.

But there is no chance that Grujic, Shaqiri or Wilson will come down in the ranks in England, so they will stay in Liverpool.


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