Exits incoming? Liverpool ‘decide not to take risk’ with transfer-linked pair vs Osasuna
Transfer-linked Liverpool duo Xherdan Shaqiri and Nat Phillips have been omitted from the club’s matchday squad to face Osasuna this evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will return to pre-season action shortly.
As the club ramp up preparations for the fast-approaching new campaign, Liverpool are set to welcome La Liga outfit Osasuna to Anfield, for a friendly clash.
The Reds head into proceedings with one eye no doubt on their Premier League opener next weekend, when a trip to Carrow Road to face newly-promoted Norwich City lies in wait.
In turn, boss Klopp has opted to completely rotate his squad, after Liverpool also faced off with Spanish opposition on Sunday, in a 1-1 stalemate with Athletic Bilbao.
The likes of Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho are introduced, whilst summer addition Ibrahima Konate is afforded his first start in front of the Anfield faithful:
Here’s the Reds line-up against @CAOsasuna tonight for our final pre-season fixture:
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 9, 2021
Reds on the move?
Two players, however, set to play no part this evening come in the form of Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Phillips.
Both, somewhat surprisingly, have been completely omitted from Liverpool’s squad to face Osasuna.
As outlined above, though, on the back of Klopp’s panel being made official, an insight into Shaqiri and Phillips’ respective absences has been forthcoming online.
The info comes courtesy of the reliable Neil Jones of Goal, who has confirmed that, amid ‘a sense’ that their Anfield exits are on the horizon, those in a position of power at the club have ‘decided not to take a risk’ with the pair:
No Xherdan Shaqiri or Nat Phillips in the Liverpool squad tonight. Both have been strongly linked with moves away.
Nothing imminent, I’m told, but certainly a sense that something will happen, and club have decided not to take the risk with those two tonight. #LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) August 9, 2021
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