By Kevin Phillips

16th Jul, 2021 | 4:00pm

Phillips suggests 'money issues' as nine Liverpool stars made available for sale

Liverpool may have a “money issue” that will force them to offload unwanted players before they can invest this summer.

That is according to ex-Premier League hitman Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Merseysiders’ transfer plans.

According to The Athletic on 15th July, Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson, Nat Phillips, Neco Williams, Sheyi Ojo, Loris Karius, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Taiwo Awoniyi are all surplus to requirements.

A revealed by Football Insider on 12th July, Brentford have made an enquiry for Wilson, who has two years left on his Liverpool deal.

This site also first broke news in June that Liverpool will not stand in the way of Gruijc, whose deal also runs until 2023, leaving this summer.

Liverpool have only added Ibrahima Konate to their squad following a season in which they qualified for the Champions League on the final day.

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Phillips suggests that financial realities may mean Jurgen Klopp’s side are forced to sell before they can buy.

“It is a little worrying,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“I’m not a Liverpool fan but from the outside looking in you wonder, is there a money issue there?

“They’ve still got a good squad with players set to come back from injury. So I don’t necessarily think there’s any need to rush to get players in.

“But I don’t think those players [for sale] are going to make any difference anyway.

“If they can get those players off the books then that will maybe free up a lot of money to go after who they really want.

In other news, pundit backs Renato Sanches to sparkle for Liverpool next season after Fabrizio Romano claim.