Liverpool could make millions by repeating Joe Allen’s transfer trick –

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Liverpool could make millions by repeating Joe Allen’s transfer trick – fr


EURO 2020 could prove to be a lucrative showcase for Liverpool this summer.
Along with an additional opportunity to seek out potential transfer targets, Jurgen Klopp is hopeful his current stars can remain injury free and enjoy successful tournaments.

With the exception of the departures of Gini Wijnaldum and Ozan Kabak, the Reds have seen eight players named to their respective nations’ preliminary squads for this summer’s continental competition.

While the majority are key men for Liverpool and will remain so heading into the new season, EURO 2020 offers some of the Reds’ less-seen players the opportunity to show off their talents and potentially win summer trips.

Neco Williams is one of those players. After seeing Liverpool reject a loan offer for his Southampton services in January, the 20-year-old will look to impress Wales ahead of a possible temporary exit after the tournament.

However, the future of compatriot Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri is much more uncertain.

The playmakers were called up by Wales and Switzerland respectively and will meet in Baku on June 12, with the two nations drawn in Group A alongside Italy and Turkey.

And with limited starting opportunities at Anfield, the pair could both use the tournament to help attract potential suitors this summer.

Wilson had a successful year on loan at Cardiff City last season, registering seven goals and 12 assists in 37 league appearances, after a permanent move failed to materialize before the summer window closed.

Having only made two appearances for Liverpool, the 24-year-old will likely be keen on that permanent exit this time around after a succession of loans in the past.

Meanwhile, after seeing a failed transfer last summer, Shaqiri played a small role for the Reds in the 2020/21 season as he made just seven starts in 22 appearances.

As Liverpool look to raise funds as they continue to navigate the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, they will be open to selling the duo.

However, their financial expectations have likely lowered in the wake of the pandemic, having previously demanded starting offers of £ 20million for either player.

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But despite their limited playing time in Merseyside, the Reds’ hopes of receiving higher fees for Wilson and Shaqiri could be boosted thanks to EURO 2020 if the duo impressed on the international stage.

And former Red Joe Allen sets the perfect example for the players and for Liverpool.

A £ 15million signing from Swansea City in 2011, injuries prevented the midfielder from fully consolidating his place in the Reds squad during his four years on Merseyside, knocking him down the pecking order after the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

Nothing more than a team player for Jurgen Klopp, he made just eight Premier League starts in 2015/16 as he totaled 37 appearances in all competitions.

Still, he was a key player for Chris Coleman’s Wales and, having helped them qualify for their first major competition since 1958, was set to enjoy the tournament of his life.

Still present in France, the only minutes of EURO 2016 he missed came when Wales were already 3-0 against Russia in their last group game, after staging their first game, to get ahead England and finish in the lead.

By beating Northern Ireland in the round of 16, Allen went on to help Wales claim a famous 3-1 quarter-final victory over Belgium, before suffering a 2-0 semi-final loss to the future winner, Portugal.

With his performances earning him a place in the UEFA tournament squad, interest in Allen after EURO 2016 was high as Stoke City and Swansea City vied for his signing with the midfielder eventually completing a £ 13million transfer to the Potters.




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And although sold at a minor loss, the fees were still more than what Liverpool could have hoped to receive for a squad player ahead of the European Championships.

If Wilson and Shaqiri enjoy an impact similar to Allen’s, interest in the duo will soar and the Reds will be there to take advantage.

And, with the first to graduate from a youth team and the second a steal of £ 13.5million thanks to a release clause in 2018, Liverpool are only likely to profit when the time is right for the duo to move on. to something else.

It remains to be seen, but if Wilson and Shaqiri can steal the international stage, the Reds may not have to lower their asking prices before COVID after all.

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