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Phillips, Keita and six players who could leave Liverpool in the January transfer window

11:00 SAST 2023/01/02
Naby Keita Liverpool 2022-23
The Reds have already added Cody Gakpo to their ranks, but who could be on their way out of Anfield this month?

With one signing already completed, Liverpool’s January transfer business is well underway. Cody Gakpo’s £44 million ($52m) switch from PSV caught many fans by surprise, as the Reds added yet another young, promising attacker to their ranks.

It remains to be seen whether that is the last of the incomings at Anfield in the winter window, with the club’s need for a midfield refresh becoming more apparent with each game. 

In terms of outgoings, however, we should expect some movement between now and January 31. 

GOAL runs through some of the players who could be on their way out this winter...

  • Erling Haaland Nat Phillips Manchester City Liverpool 2022

    Nat Phillips

    Liverpool have done pretty well moving on fringe players in recent years, raising money through the sales of players such as Neco Williams, Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson, Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri and Taiwo Awoniyi.

    Phillips, though, has been retained, partly out of necessity and partly because the Reds have been unable to find a club willing to pay their asking price.

    At 25, the centre-back is surely ready to go and play regular football, and though he is adored by Jurgen Klopp, his staff and his team-mates, there is an acceptance within Liverpool that he is worth more than being merely a fifth-choice option.

    Whether he moves on this month will depend on what kind of offers materialise. He is valued at £10m ($12m) and has had interest from the likes of Bournemouth and Fulham in the past.

    A loan move, with an option to buy, is the likeliest outcome.

  • Naby Keita Liverpool 2022

    Naby Keita

    Are these the final months of Keita’s Liverpool career? As of January 1, the Guinea international is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club, with the Reds unable to agree an extension with the 27-year-old.

    Keita has recently returned to first-team action after a lengthy injury lay-off, and with Liverpool’s midfield looking weak all season, he could well find himself back in the team before too long.

    It seems unlikely, then, that he would be sold in this window, especially with interested clubs knowing they could land him for free in a few months’ time. The transfer market, however, can be a strange place, and desperation can make clubs do strange things.

    If an offer arrived, Liverpool would have to consider it.

  • Caoimhin Kelleher Liverpool 2022

    Caoimhin Kelleher

    Klopp believes Kelleher is “the best No.2 goalie in the world”, but what happens if somebody wants to make him their No.1?

    At 24, the Ireland international has made fewer than 30 senior professional appearances, and though he can hardly argue at being deputy to Alisson Becker, he probably is one of the few genuinely saleable assets within Liverpool’s squad at present.

    It would be surprising if he were sold in January, but it would certainly not be surprising if he looked to move on in the summer. And he should have no shortage of suitors if so.

  • Jake Cain Liverpool

    Jake Cain

    Liverpool managed to get a couple of young midfielders out on loan in the summer, with Tyler Morton joining Blackburn Rovers and Leighton Clarkson moving to Aberdeen.

    Both have done well, but left behind was Cain, a 21-year-old who has been forced to content himself with Under-23s football after a successful spell in League Two with Newport County last season.

    He won’t ever become a first-team regular at Anfield, but the versatile, left-footed schemer is good enough to have a Football League career, and it would be a surprise if he did not move on in January, most likely on loan.

  • Billy Koumetio Liverpool 2020-21

    Billy Koumetio

    Klopp once raved about ‘Billy the Kid’, who burst onto the Reds’ first-team scene in 2020, but Koumetio’s career has not yet taken off, despite a couple of senior appearances.

    The French centre-back joined Austria Vienna in the summer, but has been restricted to only 11 appearances since. He returned to Merseyside in December to train as the Austrians are on a long winter break, and there is a chance that his loan is terminated, enabling him to join another club in January.

  • Layton Stewart Liverpool 2022

    Layton Stewart

    Having achieved a lifelong dream in November when making his senior Liverpool debut at Anfield against Derby in the Carabao Cup, the 20-year-old striker could now be set for a loan move as he looks to make up for time lost to injury in his young career.

    Stewart almost joined Championship side Preston North End in the summer, and though he is currently recovering from a muscle injury sustained during the winter training camp in Dubai, he will be fit in the next couple of weeks and should have plenty of Football League interest. 

    He is not the only one, either. Centre-back Jarell Quansah, who was on the bench against Derby, is likely to head out on loan, as is left-back James Norris, who featured in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury last season.