Liverpool could be forced to pay both Marko Grujic and Xherdan Shaqiri their full wages until at least January, even though only one of them can play for the Reds in the Premier League.
Serbian midfielder Grujic saw his move to Werder Bremen break down on transfer deadline day, with the Reds hoping to raise around £20million for a player who has spent the last two seasons on loan in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin.
Werder were hoping for a loan deal of their own, but the Reds had aimed to help balance their books with the permanent sale of the 24-year-old midfielder who has played just 16 times for the club since he became Jurgen Klopp's first Liverpool signing in January 2016.
Grujic played in both of Liverpool's Carabao Cup ties this season, scoring in the 7-2 win over Lincoln City, but hasn't been anywhere near the Premier League since his last English top-flight appearance in a 5-1 win over Brighton in December 2017.
With Werder's deal failing before the 5pm closure of Germany's transfer window, Grujic is now likely to have to wait until January until he gets a move.
Both Shaqiri and Harry Wilson had also been tipped to leave Liverpool on deadline day, but both players are now set to stay with the Reds.
That has created an issue with the Liverpool's Premier League squad, as clubs are only allowed to have 17 non-homegrown players in their final squad of 25, outside of academy or under-21 players.
Wales international Wilson is classed as a homegrown player having been at Liverpool since under-9s level, and so there is no issue with adding him to the list of eligible players.
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But, providing no-one else leaves, only one of Grujic and Shaqiri can now be added to the squad and therefore be allowed to play in the Premier League between now and January.
Shaqiri was expected to complete a move away from Liverpool having been withdrawn from the squad to face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup last week.
His last league appearance came against the Gunners in July, although his seven appearances in 2019/20 did prove enough to earn him a Premier League winners' medal.
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