Addressing Joe Allen’s Liverpool prospects on Wednesday night, Jurgen Klopp suggested the midfielder would leave the club.
Allen is currently on holiday after starring in Wales’ remarkable semi-final run in this summer’s European Championship, but he may not return to Merseyside for long.
Sevilla, Swansea City and Southampton are among six clubs credited with an interest in the 26-year-old, who has just one year left on his contract.
While Allen’s composed midfield displays in France have led to calls from supporters for Klopp to keep him at Liverpool, the German is seemingly not so confident.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after Liverpool’s 5-0 win away to Fleetwood Town, Klopp said the club would “find a solution” during talks with Allen.
“We will find a solution but it’s not done,” he said, with the Reds having already rejected an £8 million bid from Swansea.
“Obviously Joe Allen is a good player; we never doubted this. He played a good European Championship, like the whole Welsh team.
“We have to make decisions, we have to find solutions.
“We have to talk to the player, ask the player and think about our situation. That’s how it works.”
While far from definitive, Klopp’s reluctance to commit to keeping Allen at Anfield is telling, and with Marko Grujic impressing on his debut at Fleetwood, he may have found his replacement.
With Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Cameron Brannagan, Kevin Stewart and Lucas Leiva also options in the middle of the park, Klopp has a healthy selection at his disposal.
Allen’s Euro 2016 heroics will boost his value significantly, and with the player seemingly, and understandably, unwilling to play a squad role in his fifth season with Liverpool, sanctioning his sale seems sensible.