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Liverpool are hoping to strengthen their title defence during the January transfer window after a spate of injuries this season has thrown the Premier League wide open.
Jurgen Klopp watched his side struggle to defeat at Southampton on Monday night to miss out on the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table, and second-place rivals Manchester United now have a game in hand as well as the same points tally, while Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are lurking on their shoulders.
It has been a tough start to the campaign for Liverpool, not only due to their wavering results but also the shock of so many injuries to key players including centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Players to have spent significant time on the sidelines also include captain Jordan Henderson, goalkeeper Alisson Becker, summer signing Thiago Alcantara, fellow new recruit Diogo Jota, and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The injuries at centre-back have been particularly damaging, to the point were Klopp is now considering a winter foray into the transfer market. High on his list is Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, who can leave the German champions this summer for free when his contract runs out, though signing him this month may prove too difficult.
That is why Juventus defender Merih Demiral is also thought to be on Liverpool’s radar, although it is thought the Italian champions are reluctant to let their talented Turkish international depart.
And of course there are rumours that the Anfield club are lining up a spectacular move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe in the summer. What a signing that would be.
We will have all the latest Liverpool news, rumours and gossip – on both comings and goings – throughout the day.
BARCA BOSS MAKES ‘LIST OF INTERESTING’ TARGETS
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has put together a list of players he claims would be “interesting to bring in”.
The Blaugrana have been heavily linked with a move for Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, who is out of contract in the summer.
His connection with Koeman – the two worked together in the Dutch national team before the former Everton coach left for Barcelona – has led to speculation of a move at the end of this season.
“I have made a list of possible weaknesses and players that I think it would be interesting to bring in,” Koeman said, as quoted by Marca.
“Any coach always looks to the month of January as a time when the squad can be improved. I am no different, but it depends on the club.”
Callum Rice-Coates6 January 2021 09:14
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Lawrence Ostlere6 January 2021 08:56