Reinforcements imminent? Liverpool confirm Shaqiri & Woodburn departures


Premier League giants Liverpool have, on Monday evening, confirmed a pair of departures from the club’s squad.

Konate the lone arrival

The summer, to this point, has of course proven an altogether quiet one when it comes to incomings at Anfield.

In fact, Jurgen Klopp and co. have added just a solitary body to the club’s ranks, in the form of defender Ibrahima Konate.

A deal for French talent Konate was struck before the transfer window even technically opened, after those in a position of power at Liverpool opted to activate the defender’s RB Leipzig release clause.

Ibrahima Konate

LEIPZIG, SAXONY – JANUARY 19: Ibrahima Konate of Leipzig during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund at Red Bull Arena on January 19, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)

On the flip-side, the Reds’ board has been far more active when it comes to player departures.

Thus far, all of key midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, long-time loanee Marko Grujic and youth product Harry Wilson have been moved on on a permanent basis.

In addition, Ozan Kabak, who spent the 2nd half of last season on loan at Anfield from Schalke, has since returned to the Veltins Arena.

Shaq joins Lyon

And, as outlined above, on Monday, not one, but two further exits from Jurgen Klopp’s ranks have been confirmed.

The first comes in the form of a loan, with young attacker Ben Woodburn, as expected, having linked up with Scottish outfit Hearts for the remainder of the campaign:

Ben Woodburn has completed a season-long loan move to Hearts.

Good luck for the season ahead, @BenWoodburn 👊

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 23, 2021

The other, though, is set to add some much-needed reinforcement to the transfer kitty at the disposal of Red boss Klopp.

On the back of another difficult campaign on Merseyside, Xherdan Shaqiri has officially made the move to French outfit Olympique Lyonnais, on a permanent basis.

The deal, as confirmed by OL, will net Liverpool a fee of around €6 million, plus a further 5 million in potential add-ons.

Xherdan Shaqiri has today completed a permanent transfer to Lyon after three years with the Reds.

Everybody at #LFC thanks @XS_11official for his contributions to the club and wishes him the very best for the rest of his career 🙌

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 23, 2021

Could such funds, in turn, be utilised in adding a long overdue fresh face to Liverpool’s first-team ranks?


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