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Reina and Alonso top Liverpool’s past 25 Spaniards as £25.5m star eyed

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Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing Marco Asensio this summer as he bids to further strengthen his attacking options, and could make the Real Madrid ace the 26th Spaniard to play for Liverpool so far.

The Reds have welcomed many Spaniards to Anfield over the years, with the club only signing more Scottish (50), Republic of Ireland (26) or Welsh (26) talents when adding a non-English national. Stars from Spain have also played in the third-most cumulative games by non-English nationals with 1,580.

Asensio’s La Roja teammate Thiago Alcantara, with whom he has played in nine international games, and Adrian are currently the only Spaniards on Merseyside, though. Thiago is also the sole Spaniard with an important role, as Adrian only played one game this term in an EFL Cup tie away at Preston.

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Klopp interested in finally taking Real Madrid ace Asensio to Liverpool

Adrian has confessed to Cadena SER that he will consider if his future is at Anfield this summer after playing so few matches. But Klopp could replace the goalkeeper with Asensio to maintain Liverpool’s two-man Spanish contingent by cementing his long-term interest and prising him out of Real Madrid.

Reports by Mundo Deportivo suggest Klopp has shown interest in signing Asensio for Liverpool for a long time, and would surely move this summer if Real Madrid place him in the shop window. The 26-year-old has an uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu as he enters the final year of his contract.

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Los Blancos last extended the midfielder’s terms in 2017, but are open to him continuing under Carlo Ancelotti next season. Yet Asensio snubbed the Galacticos’ offer of a new deal as he is seeking more continuity in 2022/23 ahead of the Qatar World Cup having started just 23 of his 42 games this term.

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Ancelotti only unleashed him from the off in 19 La Liga matches, too, despite Asensio providing 10 of his 12 goals for the season in top-flight games. Now, his form could see the Galacticos cash in during the summer if he does not agree new terms, with Calciomercato citing a €25-30m (£21.5-25.5m) fee.

The Italian publication also reports concrete interest from Serie A champions AC Milan, plus Arsenal, in Asensio. Yet Mundo Deportivo additionally cites Manchester United and Juventus as the frontrunners for the 28-cap maestro, who is willing to risk not playing much next season to move for free in 2023.

Reports by Mundo Deportivo have been citing Klopp’s interest in signing Asensio for Liverpool since 2018, but noted Real Madrid previously demanding his €700m (£598m) release clause. Now, though, the German could finally land his man for much less, and make Asensio the Reds’ 26th Spaniard yet.

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Reina has most Liverpool games by Spaniards to inspire Asensio amid Klopp interest

Pepe Reina has the most Liverpool appearances by a Spaniard to inspire Asensio this summer, amid Klopp’s interest in the Real Madrid star. The goalkeeper featured 394 times across all competitions between 2005 and 2014, after arriving on Merseyside from Villarreal up to joining Bayern Munich.

The 38-cap international also guarded the net as Liverpool won the FA Cup in 2006 and the EFL Cup in 2012. He has since gone on to add a Bundesliga winners’ medal with Der FCB during 2014/15, and also won the Coppa Italia while on loan with Napoli in 2013/14 and enjoyed World Cup glory in 2010.

Alonso direct Liverpool success to inspire Asensio amid Klopp interest this summer

Xabi Alonso can offer Asensio a more direct inspiration, should Klopp step up his interest in the Real Madrid star joining Liverpool. The midfielder made 210 appearances during his five years at Anfield from 2004 to 2009, when he left Merseyside for Madrid and joined Los Blancos in a £30m transfer.

The 114-cap international won his first trophy with Liverpool in 2005 as the club won the Champions League. He would win the UEFA competition again with Real Madrid in 2013/14, while adding La Liga glory in 2011/12 and later three Bundesliga titles in a row with Bayern Munich from 2014 to 2017.

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Fernando Torres emerged as one of the world’s best strikers over his four years at Anfield from 2007 to 2011. Chelsea would pay Liverpool a then-British transfer record £50m for the forward in the mid-season market after scoring 81 goals in 142 games in all competitions after leaving Atletico Madrid.

Moreno enjoyed fourth-longest Liverpool career by a Spaniard from 2014 to 2019

Alberto Moreno enjoyed what has so far been the fourth-longest Liverpool career by a Spanish star from 2014 to 2019. The full-back amassed 141 appearances with the Reds in all competitions, but he was only the first-choice in his position during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 Premier League campaigns.

Garcia helped fire Liverpool to Champions League glory in debut Anfield campaign

Luis Garcia helped fire Liverpool to Champions League glory during his debut campaign at Anfield in 2004/05. The forward joined from Barcelona and would score five goals over 12 appearances in the UEFA tournament. His haul that term contributed to 30 goals over 121 games before his exit in 2007.

Liverpool’s past 25 Spanish stars amid Klopp interest in Real Madrid’s Asensio

Pepe Reina (2005-2014, 394 apps)

Xabi Alonso (2004-2009, 210 apps)

Fernando Torres (2007-2011, 142 apps)

Alberto Moreno (2014-2019, 141 apps)

Luis Garcia (2004-2007, 121 apps)

Jose Enrique (2011-2016, 99 apps)

Alvaro Arbeloa (2007-2009, 98 apps)

Thiago Alcantara (2020-present, 69 apps)

Fernando Morientes (2005-2006, 61 apps)

Albert Riera (2008-2010, 56 apps)

Josemi (2004-2006, 35 apps)

Antonio Nunez (2004-2005, 27 apps)

Adrian (2019-present, 25 apps)

Suso (2010-2015, 21 apps)

Javier Manquillo (2014-2015, 19 apps)

Dani Pacheco (2007-2013, 17 apps)

Iago Aspas (2013-2015, 15 apps)

Luis Alberto (2013-2016, 12 apps)

Pedro Chirivella (2013-2020, 11 apps)

Daniel Ayala (2007-2011, 5 apps)

Miki Roque (2005-2009, 1 app)

Antonio Barragan (2005-2006, 1 app)

Sergio Canos (2013-2016, 1 app)

Rafa Paez (2013-2015, 0 apps)

Francis Duran (2007-2011, 0 apps)

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