Saturday’s daily Liverpool Echo liveblog features some rather interesting points on three of the Reds’ primary transfer targets.
There are a number of areas of Liverpool’s squad that Jürgen Klopp is looking to strengthen this summer and has already bolstered his attacking lineup with the addition of Mohamed Salah.
Although Liverpool have already broken their record transfer fee this summer, it’s expected that it will happen again before the window shuts in August.
Injuries and suspension last season saw Liverpool struggle with the hectic fixture list in England. With European football returning to Anfield Road, Jürgen Klopp will have to make a plan to contend with the added fixtures.
Certainly, adding more players will flesh out a rather thin squad but Klopp is also looking at bringing in as much quality in as he can.
The Liverpool Echo’s daily liveblog, headed up most often by Joe Rimmer, confirms that Naby Keita is a priority for Klopp. On Keita, the Echo report that Keita is a “top target” with the Guinean being targeted in a bid to “beef up” the Reds’ midfield.
RB Leipzig have made it perfectly clear that they don’t want to sell but Liverpool are willing to pay up to £50 million to get their man.
Another midfield target for Liverpool is Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who is yet to sign a new contract with the Gunners. Furthermore, the Englishman has informed the North London club of his desire to leave.
The Echo reports that Liverpool want to be involved in the bidding for Chamberlain but won’t be drawn into spending too much of their transfer budget to sign him.
And, in a story that seemingly won’t go away until someone signs him, there is expected to be more drama in the Virgil van Dijk saga.
Despite Liverpool’s public apology to Southampton over the club’s “tapping up” of the Dutch defender, Klopp hasn’t had his interest in van Dijk dampened. Reports from Italy yesterday indicated Chelsea are prepared to pay up to £60 million to sign him.
Liverpool could be brought “back to the table” if the Premier League champions have submitted a bid for van Dijk but only time will tell.
One thing is certain, even if Liverpool’s plans aren’t entirely; Klopp is looking at bringing in quality, not quantity.
After being linked with Mahmoud Dahoud, Piotr Zielinski and Ben Chilwell last season, it would seem as though the Reds have moved onto bigger and better things as the club’s signing of Mohamed Salah proves.