Liverpool transfer news as Newsnow Liverpool takes a look at five players the Reds could sign in the January transfer window including Jurgen Klopp’s favourite.
Liverpool Transfer News
Liverpool are currently competing strongly across multiple fronts this season, having moved past their disappointing 2022/23 performance. The team has displayed exceptional form in the initial phase of the season.
Currently, the Reds lead the Premier League by two points, with Arsenal trailing behind. This has left both Aston Villa, an unexpected contender, and reigning champions Manchester City in their wake. Moreover, Liverpool have advanced to the round of 16 in the Europa League and stands as potential victors in the upcoming Carabao Cup, having already secured a spot in the semi-finals.
Five Players Liverpool Could Sign in January Transfer Window
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, is hopeful for trophies this season. However, achieving this might necessitate new signings in the January transfer window to bolster the squad.
Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports in November: “Liverpool are not ready to win the league.” Carragher advised Klopp to sign a “holding midfielder and a top-class defender” to challenge for the Premier League title again. As such, Newsnow Liverpool has taken a look at five players who Liverpool could sign in the upcoming window….
Andre, a 22-year-old Fluminense midfielder emerged as a prime target for Liverpool during the summer transfer window. The club were keen on securing the services of the talented player, who was valued at £30 million. However, Andre chose to stay with Fluminense, prioritising his commitment to the team during their ongoing season.
Fluminense enjoyed a remarkable run, clinching their first-ever Copa Libertadores title. Their impressive form continued as they advanced to the final of the Club World Cup, only to face a 4-0 defeat against Manchester City. Now, with Fluminense’s season concluded, Andre is considering a move to European football, a transition that appears increasingly likely.
“I watch the Premier League and it’s a big dream to play there one day,” he said this month. “I’m focused on finishing the season at Fluminense and realising my dream of winning the Club World Cup. But my dream is clear, to be a Premier League player.”
Liverpool face challenges in securing a deal with Andre, especially with Fulham showing interest. However, it’s likely Andre would find it difficult to decline an offer from Klopp once more. Additionally, Liverpool are in search of a holding midfielder, given that Wataru Endo is set to represent Japan in the upcoming Asian Cup.
Liverpool are considering signing Inacio, 22, from Sporting Lisbon. He has consistently been part of Sporting’s defense since his emergence in the 2020-21 season, having played close to 150 matches.
Inacio has secured four trophies with Sporting, including a league title in his first season. This year, he has also earned five senior caps for Portugal. A versatile player, Inacio can operate as a left-footed defender, right-back, and even midfield.
With Joel Matip sidelined due to a severe knee injury, Liverpool are in need of a defender. Matip’s contract is also set to expire in June. Inacio, with a reported release clause of £52m, could be a suitable replacement. However, Arsenal and Manchester United are also expressing interest. The situation is developing.
Liverpool have another defensive option in Hincapie, a 21-year-old talent from Ecuador who has showcased his skills at Bayer Leverkusen in recent seasons. Under the guidance of Reds’ icon Xavi Alonso, Leverkusen is currently making a strong push for the Bundesliga title, sitting four points ahead of Bayern Munich.
Despite Leverkusen’s strong performance this season, Hincapie has been limited to just three starts under Alonso. Given his potential and the team’s form, there are suggestions that Leverkusen might consider allowing him to depart, provided the offer meets their valuation. However, German sources indicate that Leverkusen is keen on retaining the young centre-back, who is valued at £30 million. It remains to be seen whether they will withstand any advances from Liverpool, especially if Jurgen Klopp expresses interest.
Left-back is currently a concern for Liverpool, given the injuries to both Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas. Robertson had surgery on his shoulder in October, while Tsimikas sustained a collarbone injury and faces an extended absence.
Robertson is anticipated to be back in action within a month. However, Liverpool’s manager, Klopp, might still pursue reinforcements in January. Report from 90min suggest that Liverpool are eyeing Fulham’s left-back, Antonee Robinson. Robinson, a 26-year-old United States international, brings a wealth of experience with 81 Premier League appearances, 18 of which were this season.
The decision to bring in a new left-back could hinge on Joe Gomez’s future. The 26-year-old defender has filled in capably for Robertson and Tsimikas. Nonetheless, he might seek a transfer in January for more consistent playing time. Tottenham are reportedly keen on acquiring Gomez, especially with their ongoing injury challenges.
Liverpool needs to identify a successor for Mohamed Salah, who is currently 31 years old. Al-Ittihad, a top club in the Saudi Pro League, have shown keen interest in acquiring the services of the Egypt international. In fact, they made a significant £150m offer in August, which Liverpool promptly declined.
While Al-Ittihad are unlikely to make a bid in the upcoming January transfer window, Salah is set to complete the season with Liverpool. However, the prospect of a transfer in the summer seems probable. This is mainly because Liverpool might find it challenging to turn down another substantial offer, especially with Salah being 32 years old and having only a year remaining on his contract.
Furthermore, Salah’s absence from the Africa Cup of Nations in January presents an opportunity for Liverpool. This period could be used to integrate a potential replacement into the team. One standout candidate is Bowen from West Ham. He gained attention after netting the decisive goal in the previous season’s Europa Conference League final.
Securing Bowen would be a costly endeavor, possibly reaching up to £100m. Yet, his stellar performance for West Ham, where he has scored 13 goals and provided five assists this season, justifies the price tag. Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, has expressed admiration for Bowen, even dubbing him as his “favourite player.”
Klopp said: “(Bowen is) probably my favourite player besides all my players, I have to say. It’s great what he is doing and how he has developed.”
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