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With less than two weeks until the January transfer market, Liverpool’s Kirkby training base will be a hive of activity as potential targets are investigated.

Liverpool’s poor start to the season has them ninth in the Premier League and fιghtιng for a place in the top four, and the mix of an aging core group and critical position injuries makes midseason signings unlikely. Luis Diaz is anticipated to remain sidelined until March, leaving Jurgen Klopp with only three veteran forwards.

However, strengthening the nucleus of Klopp’s squad will push periphery players further from first-team involvement. Since his arrival at Anfield in 2015, Klopp has been in favor of trimming the fаt on a squad with a “quality over quantity” mentality, and, mindful of not keeping possibly unhappy individuals around his core, could throw some out the exit door – whether temporarily or permanently.

Nat Phillips

Liverpool was open to loaning Nat Phillips out again during the summer, and a return to Bournemouth after helping them achieve promotion appeared likely. But injuries to Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip cоmpelled the team to reconsider, as they faced starting the new season short-handed in defense.

Since then, the 25-year-old has played only 66 minutes in the Premier League and may regard a January transfer as the best option for all parties involved. Phillips, who is under contract until 2025, will likely command a sum between £10 and £15 million, even if the sale occurs at the conclusion of a six-month loan.

Naby Keita

If Liverpool manages to acquire a midfielder in January, players already on the margins of the position might be moved, with Naby Keita considered as the player who could command the highest price. The 27-year-contract old’s expires this summer, and conversations regarding a new deal have yet to bear fruit.

Keita’s absence has been caused by a multitude of ailments, the likes of which have impeded his growth since his arrival. The Reds would recuperate a percentage of the $52 million invested to acquire him from RB Leipzig in 2018, as well as free up a significant portion of their pay budget, if they sold him in January.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, like Keita before him, is a player with a contract expiring in the summer who might command a transfer fee in January. Similarly to his Guinean teammate, the 29-year-old has been troubled by ιnjury issues.

The former Arsenal player was sidelined prior to the start of the season due to a hamstring ιnjury sustained in the summer. He returned in the final 15 minutes of the 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest. And with only one start and two substitute appearances since then, Oxlade-Chamberlain is at a crossroads that could lead him away from Merseyside.

Robert Clark

If performances in Dubai are any indication, Bobby Clark’s future at Liverpool is extremely bright. However, because the midfielder is definitely ready for senior football but unlikely to receive consistent playing time with the Reds, a loan move may benefit all sides.

A move to the Championship would provide the 17-year-old with the opportunity to test himself against the rigors of first-team football – just look at how it helped Harvey Elliott.

Ben Doak

Ben Doak is in a similar situation to Bobby Clark as one of three young players who excelled in Dubai; the other being Stefan Bajcetic, whose presence in the 25-man Champions League squad and direct backup for Fabinho gives him a greater chance of playing time. Doak just played seven minutes in the second friendly against AC Milan, but he made his impression by assisting Darwin Nunez on a magnificent goal.

Even at such a young age, that run and cross were indicative of a player who was too talented to be contained in youth football. Doak, like Clark, has garnered interest from Football League clubs, and a transfer might provide the teenager with an opportunity to play senior football.

Roberto Firmino

Given that injuries to Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz left Roberto Firmino as one of three senior forwards, his exit in January is unlikely. But until a new deal is signed – and negotiations are ongoing – the Brazilian’s contract rеmains in its last year.

Firmino’s sustained importance this season – he carried the club through a dreadful stretch while averting total dιsaster – appears to have delayed the anticipated changing of the guard, after Darwin Nunez’s £30 million summer signing. Liverpool will attempt to sign the 31-year-old quickly in the new year to end rumors.