We have with us the Liverpool transfer round-up and the transfer talks around Anfield. Salah and Mane did not play for the Reds for the first time in a span of over two years. Liverpool kept their faint title ambitions alive by beating Brentford 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday. They have not made any new signings in January so far. However, they might look forward to signing one new player now.
Liverpool’s games are piling up as well, with the Reds poised to clinch their spot in the EFL Cup final before facing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday. They will be close to their first trophy this season if they beat Arsenal on 21st January.
The Reds are still unbeaten without their key African players. Nevertheless, Klopp may ask his executives to make a move this month in order to challenge Manchester City on a consistent basis. The German manager has to rectify the issues to keep pressure on City and needs help from the board to do that.
Manchester City leads the title race by 11 points followed by Liverpool. However, Klopp needs some help and the Reds are linked with some players to close the gap and prepare for next season. These are the latest transfer speculations around Liverpool.
Liverpool Transfer round up
Nathaniel Phillips – Transfer linked away from Liverpool
Liverpool have already made it clear to Nat Phillips that he is free to leave this month. In addition, PSV Eindhoven has reportedly made a proposal for Phillips, implying that a January departure is possible.
Phillips fell down the pecking order after several players like Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip returned, and also by the arrival of Ibrahim Konate. Phillips is now the fifth-choice center-back at Liverpool. That is not the position you want to be in especially as a youngster. The 24-year-old may find a club where he will get enough game time to develop.
Due to their depth in that position, Klopp will let Phillips depart for £12 million in January, as Football Insider suggests, Eindhoven will now compete with West Ham for his signature. Liverpool are not in a hurry to sell Nathaniel Phillips because of his long contract, therefore they will wait until their asking price is met.
Youri Tielemans – Transfer linked to Liverpool
Liverpool have still not replaced Georginio Wijnaldum and have now realized their mistake of doing so. They are now finding a possible replacement and Youri Tielemans is again associated with the club.
Leicester City have still not extended Tielemans’ contract and his current contract is due to expire in June 2023. According to El Nacional, Liverpool have prepared an offer to make a move in the next summer to sign the Leicester midfielder. However, the Foxes may try to bind him to the club, or else they will lose a great player for free.
Some reports suggest that Liverpool are ready to offer £33 million next summer. Nevertheless, Leicester will not like to sell him to a Premier League club. Brendan Rodgers will not be happy if the deal takes place and will be a huge loss for Leicester City.
Harvey Elliot – Injury return for Liverpool
It will almost be like a new signing as Harvey Elliot is set to return to first-team training. Harvey Elliot suffered a horrific injury against Leeds in October and has not stepped onto the pitch since.
However, the 18-year-old has made an unexpected speedy recovery in order to return to first-team training. Klopp gave the teenager a number of starts in the beginning of the Premier League season, and Elliott shone in a variety of roles for the first team.
His contribution might be crucial, especially at a time when Salah and Mane are both on international duty, though Klopp will be hesitant to rush back his star. Nevertheless, Elliot must be gushing to play for Liverpool as soon as he can.
Liverpool did not have results as good as Manchester City this season. Jurgen Klopp must do his best to close the gap as much as possible and also prepare for next season. However, he will need some help from the board to challenge Manchester City on a consistent basis. The increasing competition can make it a tougher job but Klopp and Liverpool have proved before that they are up to any challenge.
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