Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi, a winger who has previously been linked to Liverpool, is said to have requested permission to leave the club.
This season, Liverpool will once again be unable to choose a full 25-man squad for both the Premier League and the Champions League because they lack the necessary number of homegrown players to meet the eight-player requirement.
The Reds have a number of outstanding players under the age of 21, like Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, who are very much first team players but do not need to be registered, so it is true that it is not a significant worry right away. Jurgen Klopp won’t be shorthanded as a result when it comes to presenting his team for the upcoming season.
While the England Under-21s pair will increase these numbers in the future, Liverpool’s existing senior homegrown players are making them consider increasing their qualification choices. Joe Gomez, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nat Phillips, Caoimhin Kelleher, and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the Reds’ seven current examples.
However, realistically only Gomez and Alexander-Arnold can be confident of boasting long-term Anfield careers. Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain are both out of contract next summer and could easily move on, despite the Liverpool vice-captain showing no signs of slowing down as he nears his 37th birthday.
Elsewhere, Henderson is also firmly on the wrong side of 30, having celebrated his 32nd birthday in June. As for Phillips and Kelleher, they are valued back-up options for the Reds but know their path to regular starting football is blocked with the likes of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk ahead of them in the pecking order. Therefore, it would be no surprise if they looked to move on in the not too distant future.
Looking to rectify the situation, Liverpool have targeted some of the best domestic homegrown talent in recent windows, bringing in the likes of Fabio Carvalho and Kaide Gordon, along with Elliott, to add to their homegrown ranks. Meanwhile, they’ve also brought in the likes of Calvin Ramsay and Stefan Bajcetic at a young enough age for the teenage pair to be on the club’s books long enough to qualify as homegrown and club-trained before they turn 21.
Also reportedly interested in signing the likes of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, the Reds’ homegrown plans are firmly taking shape, even if the results won’t be there to see on submitted squad lists for a couple of seasons yet.
While Liverpool’s incoming business is seemingly done for this summer, with Klopp admitting at his latest press conference that “it doesn’t look like something will happen,” the Reds could maybe be tempted to alter that stance, and in turn increase their homegrown quota further, after one former target became available on the market.
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has repeatedly been linked with a move to Anfield over the years, with reports back in March 2019, a couple of months after Bayern Munich had seen a number of bids rejected and he responded by submitting a transfer request, even claiming Liverpool had held talks with his agent during an impressive breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge.