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Liverpool need to move fast if they want to land €65m-rated German star

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring in Timo Werner ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, according to the latest reports.

Liverpool have long been connected with a move for the RB Leipzig striker, with Jurgen Klopp said to be a huge admirer. Werner has already netted eight times for Leipzig in all competitions this campaign.

The Express claim Solskjaer has stepped up his rumoured interest in Werner as Manchester United prepare for an active January transfer window.

Solskjaer regards Timo as a long-term solution to his misfiring frontline and would prefer to land the 23-year-old rather than the likes of veteran centre-forward Mario Mandzukic.

United will find it difficult to convince RB Leipzig to part ways with Werner mid-way through a campaign and it appears Solskjaer will have to wait until the summer transfer window to make his move for him.

The flagman on the German football, Bayern Munich has also been touted with an interest in Werner and the Red Devils could face competition from the Bundesliga champions, as well as the Anfield outfit if they move for the striker.

United are expected to sign one striker in January after injuries to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Werder Bremen might still be interested in Liverpool loanee

Werder Bremen boss Florian Kohfeldt has not ruled out the possibility of his side rekindling their interest in the highly-rated Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic.

Marko has been on loan at Hertha Berlin since last season and the German club extended his stay by one more year on another loan deal last summer.

There were several other teams who were interested in the star, but the Serbian midfielder preferred to continue at Olympiastadion Berlin over moving to any other team on loan.

Werder Bremen were very interested in signing the former Red Star Belgrade ace, but they ultimately lost out to their fellow German outfit.

Florian admits that Werder Bremen could revive their interest in Grujic in the future but for the moment it’s not something they are thinking about.

Die Werderaner chief indicated that he expects the youngster to potentially head back to parent club Reds at the end of the season.

“You cannot rule anything out. But that would be pure speculation to think about,” Florian Kohfeldt said in a press conference when asked about Marko.

“He is a very good player, but he is now a Hertha player and possibly a Liverpool player in the summer. This is not an issue for us now.”

The Serbian has started all seven Bundesliga matches for Hertha Berlin this season and has also scored two goals and grabbed one assist in the process.

UCL giants exploring possibility of landing €15m-rated Liverpool star

AC Milan are keen on the idea of signing Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, according to a report.

The playmaker has struggled for game time under the German manager Jurgen Klopp so far this campaign.

He has made just two appearances for the Reds, coming in the Carabao cup versus MK Dons and in the PL clash against Manchester United.

The 31-year-old star will be out of contract at the end of the term but the Premier League giants have an option to extend it by a further year.

A recent report from Football Insider stated that the Premier League side do indeed aim to activate that clause, with a view to selling the former Southampton ace at the end of the season.

According to Calciomercato.it, Rossoneri are one of two clubs in Serie A who are interested in the idea of landing Lallana.

The 34-time England international Lallana has the experience that would serve a young team like AC Milan, who could apparently make a move in the winter transfer market.

However, SS Lazio are also linked with a swoop, with Lallana’s former team-mate Lucas Leiva having made the move to the capital two years ago.

In other news, Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld believes that his side’s upcoming game with the Reds should be seen as a “big opportunity” for his misfiring side.

Speaking after Spurs’ draw with Watford on Saturday, Toby said: “Sunday is a big opportunity. Look, we’re a team, let’s go again. Let’s go, like that second half. [Give] Our best, it’s all we can do.”

La Liga giants eye shock move for Liverpool Dutch centre-back

According to a report from Nacion Futbolera, Barcelona want to land Virgil van Dijk to build the world’s best central defensive partnership.

Since Liverpool purchased van Dijk, they have become one of the best clubs in Europe and while the likes of Alisson Becker and Fabinho have also been recruited, the Dutch star has been the most influential player at the club.

It would appear as though Blaugrana want van Dijk after his exploits earned him a UCL winners’ medal at Lionel Messi’s expense last campaign.

According to reports from Spain, Messi, Jose Bartomeu and Ernesto Valverde have all agreed that what is needed for the club to succeed in Europe is the Netherlands international.

While Barcelona might want to bring in Liverpool’s prized asset, there are two factors that will see the player stay on Merseyside.

Firstly, the Reds are in a much better situation financially and in a football sense when compared to the Spanish heavyweights.

Secondly, a clause in the deal to sell the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho to Barca means that if the club want to sign a Liverpool player they have to pay the Afield outfit’ valuation of that player plus an £89m premium on top of that.

Signing Virgil before the summer of 2021 would cost Ernesto Valverde’s side at least £189 million which is certainly out of their price range.

Meantime, Manchester United have ended the Reds’ 17-match winning run and 100% start to the campaign courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Liverpool keeping close eye on highly-rated Bournemouth youngster

Liverpool are reportedly expressing an interest in Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook.

According to the Daily Mail, the club are monitoring the central midfielder and he could be a possible target if he proves his form and fitness this campaign.

It is understood that Chelsea are also interested in the Premier League playmaker and are looking out for the best young British talent.

The report states that he has been likened to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson because of his high work-rate, leadership and passing quality.

He is slowly working his way back from a long-term injury at the Cherries but has proven in the past he is a top emerging talent.

He’s played a major role in his country’s various youth teams in recent years and earned his sole senior cap last year under Gareth Southgate.

The 22-year-old Englishman can dictate play from the centre of the midfield with his great range of passing, but his recent injury means he has gone under the radar in terms of promising English aces.

Lewis Cook may not be a household name and surname yet, but there is certainly enormous potential in the midfielder and there is no reason he could not make the step up to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has made so many astute acquisitions during his time in charge of the Merseyside outfit, as nobody was going too over the top when they brought in the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and Andy Robertson.

But Jurgen has built a brilliant Liverpool roster full of the right personalities and the fans should book a swoop for Lewis Cook if the boss deems fit.

Liverpool given hope of keeping €80m-rated Brazilian centre-forward

Barcelona would reportedly prefer to land Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford instead of Brazil and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

The Catalan club are lining up a list of strikers to potentially replace Luis Suarez who looks somewhat passed his best years and who may soon need to make way for a younger centre-forward.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Marcus is joined by big names like Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe on Blaugrana’s list of targets.

And while the report suggests the Reds’ Firmino has also been considered, it seems the South American is not quite as high up in their thinking as someone like Marcus.

This seems utterly bizarre considering the respective recent form of the two players, with the Englishman nowhere near his best for a while as the goals have dried up for him in a big way.

Roberto, meanwhile, looks one of the best attacking players in the world football on his day and an all-round player who could fit in well with Barcelona’s style of play.

Luis has been a star performer for the Catalans and will no doubt prove a tough act to follow for the player comes in next.

Meanwhile, according to a recent report from 61 Saat, Newcastle United are also keen on reported Liverpool transfer target, Ugurcan Cakir, with the North-East outfit having sent scouts to watch the Trabzonspor star in action.

Cakir has a contract at the Turkish club until 2024, while it is alleged that club officials could value the player in the region of £17m.

Liverpool Academy coach predicts future first-team role for Welsh talent

Liverpool academy manager Alex Inglethorpe thinks that Harry Wilson can return to the club from a loan spell at Bournemouth and look to push for an important role at the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp opted to send Harry on loan to the south coast for the campaign as he aims to see the Liverpool ace further progress under the guidance of Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

Inglethorpe makes no bones about the fact that Harry is unlikely to be able to return from the PL club and force his way straight into the Merseyside heavyweights’ team.

The academy manager though believes that the player can fight for a spot on the bench and look to play a couple of games for the Reds first team as he plans to take the next step at Anfield.

Alex told The Athletic: “He’s on the way to maybe being a first-team option. I think he’s realistic enough to know he wouldn’t come back from his loan and take someone’s spot straight away.

“But he could maybe put pressure on positions 12, 13 and 14 on the bench, and make an impact playing in a percentage of games each year.”

Harry enjoyed regular game time at Pride Park in the EFL Championship with Derby County last season.

The Wales international made a whopping 49 matches for the Rams across all competitions and netted 18 goals.

He has turned out in seven of eight PL games for the Cherries, chipping in with three goals from his position on the flank.

Volendam star says he has regrets over missing out on switch to Liverpool

FC Volendam forward Dani van der Moot has told Elfvoetbal that he regrets not signing for Liverpool when he had the chance.

According to TEAMtalk, the Reds wanted to land Van der Moot when Brendan Rodgers was in charge of the club and when he was younger.

The 22-year-old striker was considered to be one of the best young strikers in his native the Netherlands when he was coming through at PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar.

The star is now playing for FC Volendam in the Eerste Divisie in his homeland, and the Dutchman has admitted his disappointment at not switching to Liverpool when he had the chance.

Van der Moot told a Dutch outlet, as translated by TEAMtalk: “If I regret something, it is that I let Liverpool go. There were more clubs from abroad with interest, but Liverpool was the most concrete.

“I visited [with] my parents for a day and was given a tour of the stadium, complex and city. They showed me what I could expect if I started playing soccer and living there. A beautiful day and a wonderful memory forever.”

The Reds have moved on from their reported interest in the player, and given the success, they have achieved in the last few seasons under manager Jurgen Klopp, it does not seem that Liverpool are missing the striker at all.

As for Dani, he is still only 22 years of age, and there is still time for the player to earn a move to a big club.

Liverpool head coach in no rush to renew Anfield contract

Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp has made clear to the club’s hierarchy that he is not currently interested in penning a new contract.

Klopp’s current Liverpool contract runs until the summer of 2022 and the Reds’ chiefs want to tie him down to a longer deal to secure his future at Anfield.

The German tactician led Liverpool to the Champions League last campaign and has the Reds sitting on top of the PL table.

In spite of the success, Klopp is currently not keen on extending his contract and, according to The Athletic, has made his stance clear to the board.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager has though promised he’ll honour his current deal, keeping him at the club for the rest of this season and the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.

It is unclear when Jurgen might decide whether he is prepared to stay at Liverpool beyond June of 2022, at which time he’ll have been in charge for seven years.

The German is likely to be an extremely attractive target for a host of clubs if he decides to end his time at the Reds when his contract expires.

Jurgen Klopp has thus far only managed in Germany and England in his managerial career.

In other news, Liverpool have identified Brighton & Hove Albion star Ben White as a possible replacement for Croatia international Dejan Lovren, according to Football Insider.

White is yet to make a league match for his parent club but has made an impression on loan at Leeds United in the early stages of the 2019-20 term, and the 22-year-old defender has not missed a single minute of Championship football for the Whites this season.