The deals we could expect to see as Liverpool head into quiet transfer deadline day

8 August 2019

It’s deadline day for the Premier League, and while Liverpool are likely to preside over a very quiet end to the transfer window some deals should be completed.


The Reds had long been expected to conduct little business as they build for the 2019/20 campaign, and so far Adrian, Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott are the only additions.

Few big names have departed, either, with Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge leaving on the expiry of their contracts and Simon Mignolet joining Club Brugge.

Beyond that, it has only been loans and youth sales so far, and this is set to be the course of action ahead of the English deadline at 5pm (BST).

There has been considerable speculation over a move to Serie A for Dejan Lovren, with AC Milan heavily linked and AS Roma also mentioned, but little progress has been made yet.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA - Sunday, July 21, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi (L) and Dejan Lovren after a friendly between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lovren was an unused substitute for the Community Shield defeat to Man City on Sunday, and as of now is in line to remain fourth-choice centre-back at Anfield.

The transfer window remains open in Italy until September 2, however, which raises the prospect of the Croatian leaving beyond this evening.

Suggestions in Switzerland on Wednesday were that AS Monaco were lining up a bid for Xherdan Shaqiri, worth up to £33 million, but all indications are that the 27-year-old will stay and play an important role.

Therefore, it should only be academy players who leave Merseyside before the deadline.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA - Sunday, July 21, 2019: Liverpool's Ryan Kent during a friendly against Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The most high-profile is Ryan Kent, who is subject of a pursuit by Leeds United, but with Liverpool valuing him at around £10 million it remains to be seen whether a deal will materialise.

If Kent stays, he is set to take up a squad role under Jurgen Klopp—at least until January.

Another on their way out is Herbie Kane, who spent last season with Doncaster Rovers in League One and is now expected to head to a Championship club on loan.

Hull City, now managed by ex-Rovers boss Grant McCann, have been the most vocal in their interest, but Brentford, Charlton, Millwall and Luton Town have also been linked.

MUNICH, GERMANY - Wednesday, August 2, 2017: Liverpool's Oviemuno Ovie Ejaria during the Audi Cup 2017 final match between Liverpool FC and AtlÈtico de Madrid's at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ovie Ejaria has also been touted with a switch to Brentford, with the 21-year-old available for in region of £3.5 million, though if a permanent deal is not agreed, he could stay with Liverpool’s under-23s.

The under-21s began their EFL Trophy campaign on Wednesday night and it was surprising to see Pedro Chirivella start and wear the captain’s armband.

After a half-season spent in limbo at Extremadura UD earlier this year, due to an administration error no less, Chirivella was considered a dead cert to leave either on loan or permanently.

But given he was still travelling with the young Reds less than 24 hours before the end of the English deadline, it could be that he stays or an agreement won’t surface until later in the month—when he could return to Spain, for example.

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 13, 2019: Liverpool substitutes Bobby Duncan, Curtis Jones, Adam Lewis and Ben Woodburn on the bench before a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Two others tentatively linked with loan moves are Adam Lewis and Curtis Jones, who both shone against Oldham Athletic in midweek.

Lewis could be considered part of the extended first-team squad this season, but there is a case to argue Football League experience would aid his development.

Meanwhile, Jones’ prospects of leaving on a temporary basis may hinge on the 18-year-old agreeing a new contract, but at his age there is room to be patient.

A host of other minor surprises could unfold in the hours to come, with the futures of Shamal George, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Tony Gallacher and Anderson Arroyo among those up in the air.

The loan window for Football League sides is open until August 31, though most clubs will be looking to complete deals sooner rather than later.

But the one thing Liverpool fans should not expect, seemingly, is any more incomings.

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