By Danny Wright
Five Liverpool players could be moved on in January when the transfer window re-opens, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Newcastle are ready to make a move for striker Danny Ings while Harry Wilson, Jon Flanagan and Ovie Ejaria may also be shown the exit door in a potential fire sale by Jurgen Klopp.
It is understood that Lazar Markovic is also available for a transfer out of Anfield after failing to establish himself as first-team regular.
Markovic, 23, moved to Anfield in 2014 for a staggering fee of £20million from Benfica, but has failed to make an appearance this season after returning from a loan spell at Hull.
Ings, 25, is a prime target for Newcastle who are looking to launch a second pursuit of the injury-stricken forward in January after a failed swoop in the summer.
Flanagan, 24, has only featured once this season in the League Cup after also returning from a long-term spell on the sidelines while Wilson and Ejaria are also stuck in the club’s reserves side.
Football Insider Verdict
Liverpool have a very inflated squad after failing to really move on anyone in the summer. Some of the fringe players like Ings, Markovic and Flanagan could bring in a decent fee should they leave on permanent deals so that would be a nice boost for Klopp’s transfer budget. Klopp needs to strengthen his defence. It’s so widely known that is his problem area that it would be absolutely criminal if he fails to sort it out in January. Another pursuit of Virgil van Dijk could in the offing, but the Reds cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket against and must have a lengthy list of potential centre-back signings to fall back on.
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