As the January transfer window ticks into its last week, Liverpool are still yet to add to their midfield.
Pundits and fans alike have identified the area as the key reason behind Liverpool’s dismal season so far. And yet, with just days left, Jurgen Klopp has resisted the urge to did into the market.
But now, as per The Daily Mail, that could be about to change. The Mail report today that Liverpool are ‘assessing the squads’ of clubs such as Atletico Madrid, PSG and Juventus in order to find a suitable loan signing.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at three options from those clubs who could be a good fit for the Reds. It’s pretty slim pickings, but these three could genuinely improve Klopp’s squad.
Marcos Llorente will be a name known to Liverpool fans for all the wrong reasons. The 27-year-old was the architect of Atletico Madrid’s infamous win at Anfield in 2020.
Despite those bad memories, Llorente could actually be a perfect fit for Liverpool. Mainly because he doesn’t stop running.
So far this season, Klopp’s midfield have been physically outbattled in near enough every game. Opponents are finding their way through flimsy presses all too easily and Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho just don’t have the legs to chase them back. Llorente could remedy that.
Furthermore, the Spain international could be on the market. According to Mundo Deportivo via The Express in November, Atletico were open to selling him for £35m this month. With a healthy loan fee attached, perhaps Liverpool could convince them to do a temporary deal.
Joining Llorente on our list is another Spain international, this time from Paris Saint Germain.
The man in question is 26-year-old Fabian Ruiz. Fabian has reportedly been on Klopp’s transfer radar before. As recently as last February, Liverpool were said to be interested in signing the then Napoli midfielder [Coreieredellosport]
That was before he joined PSG, which he did last summer. Things haven’t gone completely to plan for Fabian since then, though. Playing in just 11 of his team’s 19 Ligue 1 games, with eight starts, he isn’t exactly a key man at Parc des Princes.
Perhaps this could lead to Liverpool testing the water’s for a late loan move. The left-footer has been described as ‘spectacular’ by former manager Quique Setien and would certainly add some panache to proceedings.
For this exercise, we kept our search to the three clubs mentioned in The Mail. But after a quick scan of Juventus’ squad, there really isn’t anything there for Liverpool.
The two clubs appear to have a decent relationship following Arthur’s loan arrangement in the summer. Aside from Adrien Rabiot though, it’s impossible to see how any of their other options leave. Rabiot could be on Liverpool’s radar, but not as a loan signing.
So instead, we look back to PSG and to another reported former target – Carlos Soler.
Like Fabian, Soler hasn’t had the best of times in Paris since his summer move from Valencia. Starting just five times in Ligue 1 and coming off the bench in a further three games, he’s on the periphery of the squad.
Liverpool were said to be in for Soler prior to his Parisian move just a handful of months ago. Perhaps it’s worth another run at the Spaniard.
Like we said, slim pickings. Liverpool may have left it too late.