Liverpool are set for an intriguing summer in the transfer window, Paul Gorst assesses what’s next for some of the fringe players

As the dust settles on the Premier League season, a big summer now looms for Liverpool.
When Jurgen Klopp and his staff sit down to assess where the team goes from here, they will undoubtedly be targeting another challenge for the title.
But while incomings will be expected to help Liverpool do just that, there are also several question marks over what happens to a whole host of fringe players at Anfield.
So what does the future hold for these players?
Divock Origi
It’s been a tough season for the Belgian striker.
Origi’s exploits across his Liverpool career will never be forgotten, but he has looked increasingly on the periphery with just one goal to his name.
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That was in a 7-2 win over Lincoln in the League Cup back in September and the Reds are likely to be open to offers for the striker this summer.
A sporadic Anfield career that has taken him from loan spells with Lille and Wolfsburg through to scoring winning goals in the Champions League final, Origi’s story is a unique one.
Still just 26 and with three years believed to be left on his deal, the Reds will likely view him as a valuable asset.
Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri might have left Liverpool by now had it not been for his decision to stay put in October.
Left out of the League Cup defeat to Arsenal that month after interest from two clubs in Italy, it appeared as though the Swiss schemer had played his last game for the Reds.
Shaqiri was also a target for Roma and Sevilla in January 2020 but Klopp was keen to keep all hands on deck for the title-winning run-in.
His 22 appearances this season were more often than not as a substitute and at the age of 29, the gifted attacker might want to be playing more regularly elsewhere.
Another whose departure could raise vital funds for further investment.
Marko Grujic
Grujic is a player in high demand.
After Porto beat Juventus in the Champions League, Liverpool were inundated with inquiries for the combative midfielder with clubs in Italy and German getting in touch.
Liverpool, though, wanted to hold off on any discussions until they had spoken to Porto, which they felt was the right thing to do out of respect for the Portuguese giants.
Now the Primeira Liga has concluded, the two clubs are theoretically free to discuss the next steps.
Liverpool sources are refusing to rule out any possibility where Grujic’s future is concerned, but a definitive call one way or another is anticipated this summer.
Having played just twice since 2017, however, an exit – for the right price – could be on the offing.
Harry Wilson
After a successful loan spell with Cardiff City in the Championship, Wilson is likely to be in demand this summer.
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The Bluebirds are keen to retain the Wales international, with chairman Mehmet Dalman recently outlining his desire to keep Wilson in the Welsh capital.
“Liverpool knows our desire to have him back,” he said. “If theres any change in the circumstances there Im pretty confident Liverpool will let us know.
Burnley were interested in taking Wilson on a permanent deal last summer but the two clubs were unable to agree a fee.
Wilson is another whose future is likely to be away from Anfield.
Loris Karius
German goalkeeper hasn’t played competitively for Liverpool since the 2018 Champions League final.
After an unhappy loan spell with Besiktas last term, Karius was whisked back to his homeland with Union Berlin.
He made just four appearances in the Bundesliga and Union are reportedly not weighing up a permanent move.
Karius, though, has no future at Anfield and will be told he can leave the club this summer.
Taiwo Awoniyi
Nigerian striker has had a tough time gaining a work permit for England before it was finally rubber-stamped earlier this month.
Signed from Imperial Soccer Academy in 2015, Awoniyi has spent the entirety of his Anfield career out on loan, enjoying successful stints in Belgium and Germany.
Five goals from 16 Bundesliga starts helped Union Berlin to their seventh-place Bundesliga finish and he has been attracting interest from a whole host of clubs as a result of his performances.
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They include Fulham, West Brom and Stoke, while significant interest has risen from Germany too.
Now free to play in England, Awoniyi will be assessed this summer but offers from elsewhere might force the club’s hands.
It is understood the Reds would be looking for somewhere between £8-10m for the centre-forward having initially rejected a £5m offer from Anderlecht.
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