The summer transfer window has provided its share of thrills and spills for supporters of almost every club in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were also a busy side in the window as the manager made a number of top class additions to his squad going into the next season. He also let go of as many as 12 players during the window and was ready to let another few go. However, with the window coming to a close, there are a few players in the squad that are still not in the manager’s plans this season.
So let’s take a look at 5 players who should have been sold or loaned out by Liverpool in the transfer window:
Though the whole saga of his attitude that saw him fall out of favor at the club, Sakho is one of the best defenders not just at Liverpool but also in the League. He is a top class defender who has enough experience in the league to help the Reds this season but Klopp has revealed that he is the 6th choice centre back and that he should leave in the window to get some game time. Yet, Sakho decided to stay at the club and fight for his place and was named in the 25man squad for the Premier League. However, if he is really the 6th choice, sending him out on loan was the best option for both parties.
Now a part of the U21 squad, Illori was one of the best defenders in the junior squad last season. He also made a couple of appearances in the senior side and managed to impress the new manager. At his age, he needs some serious game time under his belt and Klopp should have let him go on loan this season to a Premier League club that can give him experience of top flight football. However, he is still a Liverpool player and will fight for his place in the junior squad.
One of the many youngsters who have made an impact from the junior squad at the club, Cameroon Brannagan, is easily one of the best players in the Liverpool academy. He was superb in the limited chances he got last season and with no European football at Anfield this campaign, he hardly has any chance to feature in the first team. But he is a top class player who has what it takes to make it into the starting XI and will need gametime of the highest order to improve on his game. So it would have been wise for Liverpool to let him leave this summer on loan and come back a better player but he is still an Anfield.
Having found no place even on the bench for the club in the first three league games, Danny Ings is at that point of his career where he has to work extra hard to get himself to the bench at Liverpool. The likes of Firmino, Sturridge and Origi are all first choice for the manager leaving the England international with little chance to get onto the field. He got loan offers from 8 Premier League clubs but Klopp decided to keep him at the club in a bizarre decision.
Juan Manuel Garcia:
One of the few players who were bought into the team for the long term, Juanma is currently a part of the Liverpool U21 squad. He is a former Barcelona graduate and is a left back by trait and Klopp reportedly wants him to be the next player at the club in the that position for years to come. Playing in Liverpool’s junior side may not be the best thing for him as he could have been loaned out to Championship or Premier League clubs to help him understand the English game better.