Liverpool preparing mass clear-out with Leeds Utd target Takumi Minamino among six facing axe

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Liverpool pair Takumi Minamino and Kostas Tsimikas Credit: PA Images
Liverpool pair Takumi Minamino and Kostas Tsimikas Credit: PA Images

Leeds Utd have been boosted in their efforts to sign Takumi Minamino after a report named the forward on a list of stars Liverpool will listen to offers for this summer.

Liverpool’s season ended in disappointment on two fronts, though a memorable campaign did still produce two trophies. The League Cup and FA Cup were safely pouched and those successes owed a lot to the surprise name of Takumi Minamino.

The Japanese forward was Liverpool’s top scorer in the League Cup with four goals. His fourth goal came at the quarter-final stage and was an injury-time equaliser against Leicester that allowed Liverpool to ultimately advance via penalties.

He also bagged three goals in the FA Cup, though found displacing the more senior forwards in the league a near-impossible task.

With Man City splashing the cash on Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland, all eyes are on how Liverpool respond. But according to Goal, their first order of business will be to trim the edges of their squad.

They report Minamino is one of three players who the Reds will listen to offers for this summer. That will come as welcome news to Leeds United who have repeatedly been linked with a swoop.

The other two Liverpool will consider selling if appropriate bids arrive for are Neco Wiliams and Nat Phillips.

The defensive duo both excelled on loan following stints at Fulham and Bournemouth respectively. Those two clubs are both sizing up permanent raids with Liverpool demanding £15m for each, per the Sun.

Minamino among attack-minded stars facing axe

But aside from that trio, Goal indicate more exits are on the horizon.

Firstly Divock Origi will leave for free and is expected to join AC Milan. Elsewhere, Goal claim Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will seek a move away if he can. West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa are credited with interest.

The sixth player on the out is Sadio Mane. The Senegalese will reportedly make his desire to leave Liverpool clear in the coming days.

Bayern Munich are his primary suitor at present, though the Athletic claimed Liverpool won’t make it easy and will demand around £42.5m.

Aside from those six, the futures of another four stars are up in the air.

Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah will all see their contracts expire in 2023. Goal state Keita may get a new deal, though it’s described as far from a guarantee at this stage.

Firmino’s days as a regular starter are deemed finished by the article. It’s reportedly unlikely he’ll get the bumper extension Salah might, meaning a move away could materialise with his influence on the slide.

Finally, James Milner is out of contract on June 30. A one-year extension has been discussed, though Jurgen Klopp suggested whether it is signed is entirely up to Milner.

Which exit will hurt the most?

The obvious answer to that question is Sadio Mane. The 30-year-old remains an integral part of Klopp’s forward line even after Luis Diaz hit the ground running.

While it’s entirely plausible a Liverpool front three of Diaz, Diogo Jota and Salah would be just as potent, there would be a significant drop in quality when one or more are rotated. As such, the Guardian claimed Liverpool won’t sell Mane until a suitable replacement is lined up.

Firmino would appear likely to stay for at least the final year of his contract. There has been little written in the media to suggest otherwise. Mane’s potential exit would also make a Salah contract extension more likely. Liverpool simply cannot afford to lose both in quick succession.

Sales for Williams and Phillips won’t be felt at Anfield with their January loan spells evidence of that. Ibrahima Konate’s arrival all but spelled the end for Phillips’ long-term future on Merseyside.

Likewise, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular have failed to make the desired impact in recent times. And with Fabio Carvalho signed and Harvey Elliott converted into a midfielder, their exits can be easily covered.

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