Liverpool forced to cut their losses after £40m transfer gamble backfired

Liverpool have pocketed just over £20m for Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson despite holding out for £40m last summer.

The pair have both secured permanent moves away having spent the last few seasons out on loan.

Grujic, Jurgen Klopp’s first signing back in 2016, was at Porto last term and has now secured a long-term stay, costing the Portuguese club £10.5m

Wilson meanwhile has played for the likes of Derby, Bournemouth and Cardiff City, with his potential clear for all to see.

But with opportunities hard to come by at Anfield the Welshman has now headed to Fulham for £12m.

It comes as something of a surprise but with both players seeing their contracts out the Reds had to cut their losses.

Harry Wilson found opportunities hard to come by at Liverpool

Liverpool have been shrewd operators in the market, especially with transfer guru Michael Edwards having a heavy influence.

They have maximised players sales with the likes of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Danny Ward all being sold for hefty fees.

So to see Wilson and Grujic exit for, what is by Liverpool’s standards, less than their market value comes as a surprise.

Grujic had long struggled to establish himself on Merseyside, and had just completed his fifth year out on loan.

Marko Grujic has secured a permanent switch to Porto
Marko Grujic has secured a permanent switch to Porto

Wilson meanwhile had hinted earlier this year that he may need to seek pastures new to further his career.

Even with Gini Wijnaldum leaving the club Liverpool still have several midfield options whilst their attack also picks itself.

He told WalesOnline : “Going into the season, I had the Euros in my head. I knew that was coming at the end of the season.

“I knew I had to be somewhere where I was going to play regular football, make sure I had the minutes that I wanted. I knew being at Liverpool I wasn’t going to get that.

“When the chance to go on loan came around, I knew I had to take it. To play for Cardiff, a Welsh team, was a great honour for me.

“This season, there were a lot of ups and downs. I think we started fairly well. We had a bit of a sticky spell in the middle, a change of manager, but then the last 12 or 13 games I feel I did well. I played regularly and scored a few towards the end.

“I was happy with the way the season finished and the minutes I got throughout.”

Upon moving to Craven Cottage Wilson said: “I’m delighted to sign for Fulham. From my first chat with the gaffer on the phone, I loved what he was saying and felt that he understood me as a player, and that played a massive role in me coming here.”

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