Liverpool have yet to finalise any transfers this January, contrasting with previous seasons that witnessed significant arrivals such as Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz at Anfield during challenging periods for deal-making.
As clubs approach the concluding stages of the January transfer window, substantial tasks still lie ahead.
The transfer landscape in 2024 appears more subdued compared to recent years, but January typically gains momentum as it draws to a close. Liverpool, currently leading the Premier League by six points, aim to leverage this advantage for a potential second title under Jurgen Klopp.
During the summer, Liverpool welcomed Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch, possibly contributing to a more conservative approach in the final days of the transfer window. Nevertheless, recent seasons featured impactful signings like Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz towards the window’s closure, and Liverpool’s last January without an addition was in 2019.
Speculation arises concerning potential business prompted by the severity of Mo Salah’s injury. However, a return to AFCON remains a possibility for the Egyptian talisman. Nevertheless, Newsnow Liverpool diligently compiles the latest transfer rumours circulating around Anfield.
Liverpool Compete for ‘Golden Boy’
Sport Witness, as relayed by HLN, suggests that Atletico Madrid may encounter competition in their pursuit of Genk’s ‘golden boy,’ Bilal El Khannouss. Liverpool are reportedly gearing up to present ‘formidable competition’ for the 19-year-old, having been impressed during a scouting mission.
Currently representing Morocco at AFCON, El Khannouss has made appearances from the bench in their first two matches. Despite Genk’s reluctance to part ways with him this month, there’s a possibility they could consider a move in the future.
Dimitri De Condé, the director of the Belgian side, expressed earlier this season to HLN that they aspire to secure a record fee for El Khannouss. He stated, “I have always said to Bilal and his entourage that we believe he should become the most expensive outgoing transfer in Belgian football.”
This ambitious goal would require a transfer fee surpassing the £31 million AC Milan paid for the youngster when he left Club Brugge. El Khannouss is currently under contract until 2027.
Celtic Target Kelleher
Football Insider reports that Celtic plan to secure the services of Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher in the upcoming summer transfer window. Brendan Rodgers, eyeing a move for his former club’s backup shot-stopper, intends to bolster Celtic’s goalkeeping ranks. Kelleher, an Irish international, has notably made two Premier League appearances this season during Alisson Becker’s absence, primarily featuring in cup competitions.
Despite the expressed interest from the Scottish champions, Liverpool have reportedly placed a £20 million price tag on Kelleher. This valuation makes a transfer during the current month unfeasible for the Bhoys. Nevertheless, they plan to explore the possibility of acquiring Kelleher in the subsequent transfer window, especially as Joe Hart approaches the age of 37.
Liverpool must act swiftly to maintain their hopes of securing the signature of 18-year-old talent Leny Yoro, who is drawing comparisons to William Saliba. Footmercato reports that PSG have scheduled a meeting to discuss a potential transfer for the promising defender. Despite previous indications of advancing talks with the Reds, PSG seem determined to pursue negotiations.
Yoro’s rising star has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid, as PSG aims to gain an early advantage in securing the Lille prodigy. The Parisian club is eager to create space for him in their squad this summer to facilitate his ongoing development.
With 22 starts already this season, the 18-year-old has solidified his position in Lille’s backline, showcasing his talent and potential on the field.