By Noel Whelan

5th Nov, 2022 | 9:59am

Naby Keita and two other Liverpool big names set to go in January as big-money arrivals mooted - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted January exits for Liverpool fringe stars Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nat Phillips would make “perfect sense” as they look to bring in “fresh faces”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the trio’s current level of involvement means they are not “worthy” of being at Anfield.

According to Calciomercato (3 November), Liverpool have placed Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phillips on the transfer list ahead of the January window.

Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain are out of contract at the end of this season, while Phillips’ deal runs until June 2025.

As per FBRef, Liverpool are paying out £305,000-a-week in wages to the trio despite them having made a combined three appearances this term.

Football Insider revealed on 2 November that the Merseysiders are racing Man City for the signature of highly-rated Borussia Dortmund forward Youssoufa Moukoko.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think they need fresh blood and fresh faces.

“Those three players, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Phillips – they seem not required and not fancied.

“The minutes they’re getting don’t make them worthy of being at a big club like Liverpool.

“From the business side, it makes sense to get three players off the books and maybe bring one or two back in who are going to be useful.

“They’ve got to find the funds from somewhere.

“If any club can get rid of players who they don’t utilise in January and then go out and bring others in, it makes perfect sense.”

Liverpool sit ninth in the Premier League after losing four of their opening 12 games.

The Reds face third-place Tottenham in London on Sunday (6 November).

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