Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp appear poised for a tranquil conclusion to the January transfer window, yet a few strategic deals remain worth considering by the Anfield club.
The ongoing transfer window has witnessed a notably subdued atmosphere, notably for several Premier League teams, particularly Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp, known for entering the market in the winter window only when absolutely necessary, has traditionally made at least one new signing in the past four January windows at Anfield. However, there are indications they might deviate from this trend in the current year.
Reflecting on the Klopp era, noteworthy additions such as Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz, and Virgil van Dijk were secured by Liverpool during previous January transfer windows, making them statement acquisitions. While the current window has yet to witness fresh arrivals on Merseyside, persistent rumors hint at possible reinforcements being considered to bolster the squad.
As a result, Newsnow Liverpool has taken a look at what business Liverpool should do before the January transfer window closes on February 1.
New Centre-back Arrival
In the summer, the focal point of transfer discussions revolved around Liverpool’s pursuit of new midfielders. Manager Klopp executed a comprehensive midfield revamp by acquiring Ryan Gravenberch, Wataru Endo, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Alexis Mac Allister.
As attention shifts, the defense emerges as a potential target for reinforcements. A notable rumor links the Reds to Sporting CP defender Goncalo Inacio.
Liverpool’s links with the center-back dates back to the summer transfer window. Inacio, in response, extended his contract with the Portuguese club, resulting in an increased release clause from €45 million (£38.6 million) to €60 million (£51.5 million).
Notably, Liverpool face competition in the pursuit of Inacio. Other clubs such as Newcastle, Manchester United, and Real Madrid have also been mentioned in connection with the player, as reported by O Jogo.
While expectations of a subdued end to the transfer window prevail on Merseyside, the prospect of securing a new defender remains plausible for Klopp and his team if the terms align. With Inacio’s release clause in place, negotiations could unfold relatively smoothly, provided they align with Liverpool’s valuation of the player.
Contract Talks Are a Must
In January, the spotlight often shifts towards player transfers and departures, but an equally crucial aspect demands attention – contract negotiations.
As the summer approaches, Liverpool face decisions regarding three players whose contracts are set to expire: Adrian, Joel Matip, and Thiago Alcantara. The looming uncertainty raises questions about potential contract extensions for these individuals.
Looking ahead to 2025, a more substantial challenge emerges with key players entering the final 18 months of their existing contracts. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, and Nat Phillips fall into this category. While Phillips’ future at Anfield appears uncertain, the same cannot be said for the other three.
Liverpool stand at a pivotal juncture and would be prudent to initiate discussions for new contracts with Salah, Alexander-Arnold, and Van Dijk in the upcoming weeks. Proactive negotiations are essential to quell any speculation surrounding the future of these vital players on Merseyside.
Currently engaged in international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, Salah’s return to Merseyside prompts contemplation about the future of the 31-year-old forward, alongside considerations for Alexander-Arnold and Van Dijk. As the 2024/25 Premier League season approaches, strategic planning becomes imperative for the club.
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