Liverpool have made just the one solitary signing throughout the January transfer window after the club secured the services of former RB Salzburg playmaker Takumi Minamino for a fee of £7.25million [BBC Sport]. However, Jurgen Klopp does have until 11 pm GMT on Friday if he is tempted to take a late plunge into the transfer market.
Here at RTK, we look at some potential incomings and outcomings that we feel could begin to materialise if the German manager was tempted to get some late business done.
Kai Havertz (from Bayer Leverkusen)
According to reports from SportBild (via Sport Witness) Liverpool have been listed as a potential suitor for Kai Havertz.
Havertz, 20, is a goal-scoring attacking midfielder but he can also fill in on the right-wing if needed. The talented youngster is one of the hottest prospects in Europe after clocking up an incredible 17 goals in 33 starts last season.
The Bundesliga talisman would be a suitable creative addition that could fill the void left by Philippe Coutinho who left the Reds for Barcelona in 2018. Liverpool’s current style of play doesn’t necessarily need a traditional No.10 so to speak, but at such a young age it certainly wouldn’t hurt to add a player of that ilk to Klopp’s armoury.
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Victor Osimhen (from Lille)
According to reports from Sky Sports, the European champions are keeping an eye on Lille striker Osimhen.
The 21-year-old striker has already clocked 28 appearances this season and has scored 14 goals whilst he also boasts five assists.
The Nigerian forward could be considered as a viable option long-term to replace Roberto Firmino once the Brazilian ace decides to call it a day on his time at Anfield.
Osimhen has attracted interest across the continent and even scored for Lile in their Champions League clash against Chelsea in September.
One of the club’s longest-serving players since his £12.5m [BBC Sport] move from Southampton in 2015. According to the Liverpool ECHO, Clyne is expected to leave the club before tomorrow’s deadline with the defender close to returning from a long-term knee injury.
West Ham and Crystal Palace are said to be interested in the former England international who is yet to start for the Reds in the PL since Liverpool’s 3-1 victory against Manchester United in December 2018.
Clyne has been forced to play second fiddle due to the gargantuan rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold whilst talented youngster Neco Williams has also emerged as a long-term option at right-back.
The ECHO also claim that Kelleher could be close to a loan deal before the January deadline.
Kelleher, 21, has been restricted to just three senior appearances this season – both in the Carabao Cup – and with Alisson Becker and Adrian currently above the Irish goalkeeper in the pecking order, a loan move could be a positive move for both parties.
The report states that Preston North End are amongst those interested in Kelleher. The talented youngster will be hoping to have a similar impact to that of fellow Liverpool shot-stopper Kamil Grabara who is currently starring in his loan move with Huddersfield Town.