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Liverpool backed to fork out more than £100m for in-demand striker

John Aldridge wants his former club Liverpool to splash out in excess of £100 million on striker Erling Haaland as he thinks the Brazil international Roberto Firmino’s form is a ‘concern’.

Roberto has registered just five goals in all competitions this season and generally struggled to make a big impact on a couple of occasions.

Liverpool are on a five-match winless run in the league and have netted just once over that period, with the likes of No.10 star Sadio Mane and the Egypt international Mohamed Salah also misfiring.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s clinical striker Erling can’t stop scoring for the German outfit and has attracted the attention of Europe’s top clubs.

The 20-year-old has bagged 14 goals in 13 Bundesliga matches this campaign, and ex-Reds attacker Aldridge believes his former side should break the bank to land Haaland in the summer.

‘Roberto Firmino’s form has been a concern for some time, so I would encourage Liverpool to do all they can to sign Erling Haaland next summer,’ John told the Sunday World.

‘Liverpool don’t have a Plan B option in their forward line and as we have seen with their slump in form over the last few weeks, they don’t have a back-up plan when Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are not firing.

‘A player like Haaland would give them that variation and while he would cost in excess of £100m to sign from Dortmund, he is the man I’d like to see Liverpool go for.’

Liverpool tracking highly-regarded Brazil U17 international

Liverpool are keen on making a move for Fluminense sensation Kayky, according to Brazilian journalist Paulo Brito on NETFLU‘s YouTube channel.

The 17-year-old attacker has reportedly been scouted by the Anfield outfit for a while and they’re now weighing up the idea of submitting an offer.

Shakhtar Donetsk are understood to have made a bid for the player and the Reds appear willing to do the same.

He is described as the best performing U17 player in Brazil currently, with the forward appearing twice for his country’s U16 side.

There is always a part of excitement when any Brazilian player is linked with the Merseyside giants.

In Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson, the Reds already possess three outstanding players from the country, and the trio could act as great role models for Kayky if the prodigy clinched a move to Anfield.

In other news, Liverpool and Manchester United are allegedly set to ‘go head-to-head’ for the landing of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, with a host of European sides also watching the in-demand Frenchman.

Jurgen is an admirer of Upamecano and sees the 22-year-old talent as ‘a natural future partner for Van Dijk’ at the heart of the defence but must match the swift moves made by the Red Devils, according to the Mirror.

Upamecano has a £38 million buy-out clause inserted into his deal with RB Leipzig, which officially comes into play at the end of the current seaon.

Boss wants £58.5m-rated Austrian star to become Liverpool player in the summer

Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool’s board to sanction a summer swoop for David Alaba, according to a report from Spanish media outlet Don Balon.

The Bayern Munich star has been linked with a transfer to Anfield in the past, with his deal in Germany expiring at the end of the campaign.

Real Madrid are said to have agreed a four-year contract, however, putting them in driving seat to sign him.

This latest report states that Klopp is still interested in bringing the 28-year-old to Liverpool, seeing the Austria international as someone who can be a strong addition to his roster.

It does look as though Los Blancos are strong favourites to snap up David, but it is refreshing to see the German manager allegedly not giving up hope.

The Bayern man is an outstanding player who is capable of playing at centre-half, left-back or in midfield, so his versatility could be invaluable. At 28, Alaba should also still have a couple of years ahead of him at the top.

Alaba has lifted nine Bundesliga and two Champions League trophies, too, not to mention winning his country’s Footballer of the Year award seven times.

Meantime, Paris Saint-Germain and France attacker Kylian Mbappe hasn’t ruled out leaving Parc des Princes and wants to play for Liverpool one day, reports ESPN.

The 22-year-old has entered the last 18 months of his contract with the Parisians and is yet to agree to an extension with the Ligue 1 giants.

he has long been linked with a move to Anfield, but the Premier League giants are not believed to have the financial power to lodge a bid at present.

Liverpool winger deals blow to Bundesliga strugglers hopes of signing him

Liverpool attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has snubbed the opportunity to join Hertha Berlin during the January transfer market, report Sky Germany, via Fussball Transfers.

The Bundesliga side are currently 14th out of 18 clubs in Germany’s top league, and just two points clear of the relegation area.

Pal Dardai returned as a head coach at the club this week, and he has identified three targets to help his team avoid the drop. Those are Xherdan, Christian Eriksen and Ivan Perisic.

Even though it’d only have been one of the players signed, it is still an ambitious list. However, according to the latest reports, all three options have now gone.

The Inter Milan duo are on wages too high for Die Alte Dame to cover, and the Swiss star is ‘not in the mood for a relegation battle’.

Getting a few appearances recently at the Merseyside giants, the 29-year-old star clearly does not feel he needs to move to a struggling club in January, and it’s unlikely he would be overly keen on a transfer anyway.

The Reds’ recent struggles have provided a chance for Jurgen Klopp to rotate his options more, and Xherdan will hope he can benefit further from that.

Elsewhere, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp continues to covet defender David Alaba and has urged Anfield senior figures to keep pace in the transfer race for the Bayern Munich man, reports from Spain say.

He is said to be close to signing a pre-contract with Real Madrid ahead of a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu as a free agent in the summer.

But Klopp remains a big admirer of the Austria international, who played an important role as Bayern won the continental treble last campaign.

Liverpool on verge of wrapping up deal for Derby County starlet

Liverpool are reportedly closing in on the landing of 16-year-old Derby County midfielder Kaide Gordon, who has also attracted the interest of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Negotiations are ongoing between the Premier League giants and the teenager and the Reds appear to be in pole position to seal a deal.

Gordon has already made his first-team debut for Derby, coming on as a substitute in the EFL Championship in December and Kaide has earned high praise from head coach Wayne Rooney.

‘Kaide is a fantastic player and he has got a lot of potential,’ said the English manager. ‘He has come through the academy. He is 16, he has got a lot of development to do and he is definitely at the right place to do that.

‘Of course there will be interest in Kaide because he is a fantastic player, so we expect there to be interest in him. ‘We can control what we are doing at this football club, but we can’t control if other teams make bids for our players.’

The Liverpool Echo claims that, while Gordon cannot pen a professional deal at Anfield until later this year, the Reds expect to agree a move worth around £1 million, although the sum could rise to around £3 million with add-ons.

He can play across the front line and as a playmaker and has been capped for England at Under-18 level.

Derby County have won their last two games in the EFL Championship but are still struggling in 21st in the league as Rooney looks to avoid relegation in his maiden season in management.

Liverpool manager has no injury concerns over towering centre-half

Liverpool’s Joel Matip is expected to be fit for his side’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur, according to The Athletic‘s James Pearce.

The Cameroonian did not feature in the Anfield outfit’s 3-2 defeat away to Manchester United on Sunday, as the club crashed out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage.

Joel’s lack of involvement understandably led to fears that the defender could be out of the trip to London on Thursday, considering his injury-prone nature.

Speaking in a Q&A before the United game, however, Pearce stated the 29-year-old former Schalke man was rested at Old Trafford:

Understand he rested with one eye on the trip to Tottenham, not injured again. Having just come back from injury it’d have been a big ask for the centre-half to play three times in the space of a week.

This is a major boost for Jurgen Klopp’s team, with Rhys Williams’ shortcomings badly exposed versus United.

The youngster was at fault for Marcus Rashford’s goal and it felt like Liverpool were carrying a player for much of the game.

Matip is an excellent centre-half, when he is fit, and his partnership with midfielder Fabinho has invariably looked strong this campaign, in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Joel remains one of the most important stars between now and May – if he can stay healthy, it increases his club’s chances of turning their campaign around.

If Matip continues to be sidelined, however, it’ll only make the Reds’ decision not to sign a centre-back this month’s transfer window look more ludicrous, assuming they don’t.

Liverpool attacking outcast drawing interest from Italian giants

Inter Milan have out-of-favour Liverpool attacker Divock Origi on their radar but are yet to hold detailed negotiations about signing him on loan.

They are currently second in the Serie A standings and their management are growing in confidence that the club can push for a title charge in the current season, having recorded a 2-0 win against Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus on Sunday.

The Nerazzurri are keen on bolstering their roster in the current window, but are aware they need to sell out-of-favour playmaker Christian Eriksen to facilitate the addition of new players to their team.

Liverpool misfit has popped up on Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte’s radar as a potential recruit with the Belgium international struggling for playing time under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, the former Lille ace is on the Italian heavyweights’ radar, but detailed talks haven’t been held.

They are eyeing roping in low-cost attackers permanently, or on loan deals with part of the salary paid, and Divock’s name is under consideration.

It remains to be seen whether Inter Milan will manage to offload the Dane this month and in turn make a swoop for Origi; the former Spurs key midfielder is linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Apart from Inter, Divock is also credited with interest from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig and Premier League outfit Wolves.

In the meantime, Liverpool have reportedly snubbed bids from Olympiacos and Panathinaikos for defender Kostas Tsimikas.

The Greek star has made just four appearances across all competitions, none of those in the Premier League, since signing for the Reds from Olympiacos for £11 million last year.

Due to his lack of game time at Anfield, TEAMtalk reports that Panathinaikos and former club Olympiacos have attempted to bring him back to Greece.

However, it is stated that Liverpool rebuffed the approaches as the club feel that Tsimikas still has a part to play at Liverpool over the longer term.

Liverpool in early talks to sign recently-released Arsenal defender

Liverpool have reportedly made contact with free agent Sokratis Papastathopoulos after the Greece international was released by fellow Premier League club Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently suffering from a host of injuries at centre-half with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both ruled out for most of the campaign.

The Brazilian star Fabinho has been forced to cover there while fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams have all been called upon, with another defender Joel Matip in and out the team with his own injury issues.

 

And there have been rumours that the Reds could look to bring in a centre-half in the January transfer window with the German head coach admitting that “it would help, 100 per cent”.

And now The Athletic report that ‘various avenues’ are being explored and that they ‘made contact towards the end of last week’ with the Greek following his release at Arsenal.

However, the conversation isn’t thought to have progressed past checking on his current situation and the report adds that Jurgen won’t be reunited with Sokratis, who he worked with at the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

The 32-year-old central defender joined Arsenal from Die Borussen the summer transfer window of 2018 for an undisclosed sum and went on to make 69 appearances for Gunners.

The tough-tackling defender helped Mikel Arteta’s men win the FA Cup last year – with the final against city rivals Chelsea proving to be the player’s last first-team appearance for the north Londoners.