Liverpool must allow £14.4m-rated star to leave

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Liverpool made serious attempts to move players on this summer.

The club recruited some new faces, bringing in Diogo Jota from Wolves, Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, and Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiacos.

But they made sure a number of players left as well in order to balance Jurgen Klopp’s squad, and the club’s books.

Rhian Brewster has moved to Sheffield United permanently, while Dejan Lovren and Ovie Ejaria both fetched fees as they left for Zenit St Petersburg and Reading respectively.

Both Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne have left on free transfers, joining Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace respectively, while Sheyi Ojo, Loris Karius, Marko Grujic, and Taiwo Awoniyi have all gone on various loans.

There is no guarantee, though, that they will be letting Harry Wilson leave despite interest from elsewhere.

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The Athletic’s Stuart James reports that the Reds have rejected a bid from Swansea City to take the Wales international on loan.

Wilson, who is valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, spent last season with AFC Bournemouth, scoring seven goals in 31 outings, and James reports that the deal simply did not make sense for the Reds.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “Understand Liverpool have formally rejected Swansea’s loan offer for Harry Wilson. Financially the deal proposed was a non-starter.

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“Swansea were in the driving seat from a football perspective. Derby favourites now – no agreement yet. Remains to be seen if Swansea go back.

“Fairly obvious that with somebody like Harry Wilson, who would have moved for £10m-plus in the Premier League, and who has a decent goals/assists record, you’re going to have to pay a substantial loan fee. Either you’re in that market or you’re not.”

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Liverpool need to tread carefully here or they risk stifling Wilson’s development completely.

The winger is 23 and he needs to be playing regular football, be it in the Championship or the Premier League.

He proved last season that he has what it takes to be a major player in the top-flight but he is unlikely to find his way into Klopp’s starting XI.

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That leaves him between a rock and a hard place, given that his contract runs until 2023, and he has made just two senior appearances for the Anfield club.

Loan fee be damned, Liverpool need to ensure he is given the chance to move before Friday’s domestic deadline.

It would be a crying shame if he were left to rot on the bench.

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