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3 pre-contract agreements that Liverpool could agree in January

With Liverpool very quiet in the 2021 summer transfer window, they could instead turn their attention to sealing a pre-contract deal in January.

FSG are famously not big spenders, so they could try to seal a few freebies ahead of 2022/23.

There are quite a few good players around that have less than a year left on their contract and could be signed for absolutely nothing next summer.

Teams will be able to open negotiations with these players come January.

So, here are three players that we believe Liverpool should try to snap up on pre-contract deals in a few months’ time.

Now, before we begin, there is no Pedri or Ansu Fati. Barcelona have the option to extend both of their contracts and will almost certainly do so.

Kylian Mbappe is another in the final year of his deal, but a move to Real Madrid seems inevitable at this point.

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So here are three more realistic options instead.

Lorenzo Pellegrini

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We did not think that we would still be talking about Lorenzo Pellegrini to Liverpool in September, but here we are.

We were crying out for the Reds to pay the Roma man’s release clause all summer long, but it looked like he would be signing a contract extension and staying in the Italian capital for another while.

Yet, a few months down the line, nothing has been signed yet. Il Romanista report that there is an issue between the two parties with agreeing a wage packet.

We still believe that the side’s captain will extend his deal, but there are no guarantees.

Liverpool would be getting the ideal midfielder if they did go for him in January. He has the ability to play an eye-of-the-needle final pass, which the club’s current options lack, while he also works incredibly hard and possesses excellent leadership abilities.

Jurgen Klopp should be on the phone to him right away.

Franck Kessie

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If Liverpool decide against signing a different type of midfielder from Serie A and want to stick with the tried and tested style, then Franck Kessie is certainly worth a look.

He has an unlimited source of energy and an excellent football brain. The Ivorian seems like the perfect Klopp-style midfielder.

However, he does make a lot more runs into the box than Liverpool’s current No 8’s. This makes him a lethal attacking weapon.

He is getting better by the game and would be an excellent recruit. His negotiations over a new deal with Milan seem to be going slowly too.

Franck Kessie is one to keep an eye on.

Paulo Dybala

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Paulo Dybala is something of an enigma. There is an element of mystery surrounding him that is simply hard to understand.

How good is he? What is his best position? Why do certain managers rate him so highly and others the opposite?

Well, Max Allegri is certainly a huge fan. He has made him captain in the opening pair of Serie A games this season.

But will the Juventus boss be able to convince the Argentine to sign a new contract in Turin?

The Daily Mail have recently reported that talks have hit a snag. This could see Dybala move on in the not-too-distant future.

It looked like the 27-year-old was going to be a superstar No 9 at Palermo. Then he impressed as a No 10 after his big move to Juve. He has also played from the right-wing.

There is no denying that he has not yet reached his full potential, but injuries have played their part. Take a quick look at his stats and you will find that he is a world-class performer.

He is the heir to Leo Messi for Argentina while he also has to fill Cristiano Ronaldo’s boots at club level.

He is too good a player to turn down, so Liverpool should be all over him on a pre-contract deal if they get the chance.

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