Liverpool transfer round-up as Reds ‘open to Origi and Shaqiri offers’

After a successful summer transfer window, Liverpool are now keen to offload a number of fringe stars from the first team.

The Reds' extensive injury list means they have had to make full use of their squad players in defence and midfield this season, with the likes of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams called on.

But one area where they boast a wealth of options is in attack, with the likes of Shaqiri and Origi struggling to find first-team minutes.

Liverpool's established front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane has been bolstered by the signing of Diogo Jota, while Takumi Minamino is another option in the forward line.

As such, the Reds are reportedly willing to let Origi and Shaqiri depart. Here is Friday's Liverpool transfer round-up in full:

Centre-back pursuit

The latest centre-back linked with a move to Anfield is Sampdoria star Omar Colley.

Gambia international Colley, 28, has made 54 Serie A appearances and his release clause is set at £10.8million.

He is also linked with a move to Celtic – who saw a bid rejected last summer – but Sky Sports claims Sampdoria have lowered their asking price to below his release clause as the player has entered the final year of his deal.

Colley may prove a cut-price option able of plugging Liverpool's gaping hole at centre-back.

Phillips backed to succeed Henderson

Jordan Henderson is now 30 and whispers about Liverpool replacing their captain in upcoming transfer windows are beginning to grow louder.

Henderson joined the Reds in 2011 and has developed from an energetic youngster to the complete midfielder during his time on Merseyside.

One player with the potential to play the role Henderson will one day leave behind is Leeds star Kalvin Phillips.

Garth Crooks even labelled the 25-year-old the "perfect replacement" in a glowing verdict on the England international.

"Phillips can cover the ground, he’s not afraid to stick his foot in, and sees the pass," Crooks told BBC Sport .

“He doesn’t immediately grab your attention but given time you begin to realise the enormous contribution he’s making to the game.

“I think he’s the perfect replacement for Jordan Henderson and I don’t mean just for England.”

Origi and Shaqiri may leave

They were two of the heroes of the stunning Champions League semi-final comeback against Barcelona two seasons ago.

But Liverpool will now consider offers for striker Divock Origi, 25, and winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 29, according to ESPN .

Origi has managed just one appearance in the Premier League this season, while Shaqiri was keen on a move last summer only for the coronavirus pandemic to thwart his hopes.

As mentioned, the pair face an uphill battle to find first-team minutes in Jurgen Klopp's team, and the Reds boss is ready to cash in.

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