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Who Liverpool should sell, loan and buy this summer in transfer breakdown

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Liverpool could clear out some of their fringe players this summer both permanently and on loan to make way for big stars to bolster his winning squad.

The Reds are preparing for their first season defending the Premier League title, boasting a wealth of talent across the pitch.

Jurgen Klopp has transformed the Anfield side in his four years at the club – but it has seen him sweep out flops while capitalising on the loan system to profit on fringe players.

While owners Fenway Sports Group have been hit by Covid-19, John W Henry has hinted at plans to bring in stars for the 2020/21 campaign.

And the club’s new kit deal with Nike – valued at between £60m and £70m per year – could put them in the market for high-value players.

Here, Daily Star Sport has taken a look at who Liverpool should sell, loan and buy this summer.

Sell

Joel Matip

After starting the opening games of the campaign, a knee injury to the centre-back paved the way for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to continue their defensive partnership.

But the 29-year-old has emerged as a transfer target for PSG, an opportunity that Klopp could capitalise on this summer.

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Swiss star has enjoyed some shining moments for Liverpool, including his brace in the 3-1 win against Manchester United that got Jose Mourinho sacked in December 2018.

But a failed battle to break into Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s trio could see the still-potent forward look for more regular football elsewhere.

Loris Kauris

The German’s career at Anfield appears to have already ended, spending the last two seasons on loan with Besiktas after errors in the Champions League loss to Real Madrid.

But it has got worse as the goalkeeper left the Turkish side in April over unpaid wages.

With Alisson and Adrian helping Liverpool concede just 35 goals last season, it could be the final straw for Karius.

Sheyi Ojo

Liverpool sent 11 players out on loan last season, including the English forward.

Despite spending five seasons at Anfield, he has spent them all on loan, with his latest stint at Rangers bringing five goals.

And former player Steven Gerrard could deal a permanent for the 23-year-old from Anfield.

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Loan

Harry Wilson

The midfielder has already enjoyed successful loan spells at Derby and Bournemouth, already received interest from Southampton and Leeds over next season.

Wilson’s age is on his side, with another season of regular first-team football setting him up to stroll straight in for the 2021/22 season.

Neco Williams

Klopp gave the 19-year-old a chance in the senior squad after the title was confirmed as well as playing the Welshman in the FA Cup.

But the arrival of Kostas Tsimikas has provided a surplus in the full-back position – but Williams could attract attention from Championship sides.

Takumi Minamino

The forward was thrown in at the deep end after arriving from Red Bull Salzburg, not managing a goal in his first six months.

And the Japanese star could head back to Europe to work on his skills at the top level.

He has the raw materials, getting nine goals and 11 assists for Salzburg, which would be attractive to fringe Champions League teams.

Sepp van den Berg

The Dutchman sparked excitement from fans when he arrived last summer at 17 years old – but has also made some defensive errors in the academy, which could be ironed out in a loan spell.

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Buy

Thiago Alcantara

The Reds appear to be pack in the race to sign the Bayern Munich midfielder after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s latest comments.

While the title had already been won, Jordan Henderson’s injury at the end of the season shined light on a big hole in Liverpool’s squad.

And the serial winner in Germany would add another attacking midfield option for a decent price at £27m.

Ciro Immobile

The Italian appears to have slipped under the radar this season.

His 39 goals in all competitions for Lazio have made the forward the top-scorer in Europe’s top-five leagues this season.

Liverpool’s front-three may have impressed this season but Firmino struggled to score consistently.

And Immobile, currently being linked with a move to Newcastle, could be a shrewd investment.

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