Liverpool set quiet final week of January window – but here’s who could still leave

24 January 2019

There is just one week left of the January transfer window and there are unlikely to be any incomings at Liverpool, but a host of players could still leave.


The Reds have conducted little business this month so far, though Nathaniel Clyne and Dominic Solanke have both left for Bournemouth, the former on loan and the latter for £19 million.

Perennial loanee Taiwo Awoniyi swapped KAA Gent for Royal Excel Mouscron, Ovie Ejaria joined Reading on a temporary basis and Kamil Grabara was sent to AGF Aarhus to gain further experience in the second half of the season.

A proposed deal that would have seen Rafa Camacho return to Sporting CP on loan was kiboshed by Jurgen Klopp, highlighting the manager’s intention to keep the rest of his first-team squad on Merseyside.

He is not expected to add to his ranks, either, despite injuries to Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho in recent weeks prompting speculation over a defensive signing.

Indeed, it could be a quiet week ahead for Liverpool all round, though there are still set to be further announcements before the window closes at 11pm on January 31.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, August 17, 2018: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic is replaced by substitute Glen McAuley during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Meadow Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The most high-profile of those could be Lazar Markovic, as though there has been little in terms of concrete interest in the outcast winger this month, the Reds will be actively seeking buyers.

Markovic’s contract expires at the end of the season, and after turning down a cut-price permanent switch to Anderlecht in the summer has been left to train with the U23s.

If any interest emerges, a permanent transfer is likely to be force through if at all possible.

Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge are also in the final six months of their deals, but will remain at Anfield as important members of Klopp’s squad.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 21, 2018: Liverpool's Juanma Garcia during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC and Derby County at The Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Academy trio Corey Whelan, Connor Randall and Juanma will be free to leave at the end of the campaign, but are likely to do so at least on a temporary basis in the next seven days.

Pedro Chirivella is another player who rejected the chance to leave in the summer, with a £3.5 million agreement made with Norwegian side Rosenborg BK but the midfielder preferring to stay in England or return to Spain.

He has since featured in 20 of 21 possible games for the U23s, and trained and travelled regularly with the first team, but if an attractive offer is made, expect him to move on.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 21, 2018: Liverpool's Ben Woodburn during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC and Derby County at The Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, Ben Woodburn‘s future is still up in the air after the termination of his season-long deal with Sheffield United.

The Wales international is close to returning to full training after an ankle injury, and is due to head out on loan again, with Blackburn, Brentford and Hull among those interested.

Curtis Jones has been the subject of an approach from at least one League One club, but his development would surely be better served as part of the first-team squad at this stage.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 29, 2018: Liverpool's substitute Tony Gallacher during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at The Recreation Ground. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Shamal George, Tony Gallacher and Matty Virtue are also likely candidates for a temporary switch.

And Bobby Adekanye‘s proposed free transfer to Lazio appears to have fallen through—with the Dutchman now launching a charm offensive at his current club.

It remains to be seen whether he earns another contract, however, with his terms due to expire in July.

One player who is expected to make the move to Liverpool in the near future is 16-year-old French defender Billy Koumetio, joining from US Orleans after a successful trial at the academy.

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