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Liverpool news round-up: Loanee speaks out, Reds begin Kabak talks, Barcelona enter Traore race

Welsh star desperately wanted to leave Liverpool this transfer market

Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson feels Cardiff City are the right club for him as a loan club and has admitted he was really interested in leaving Anfield in order to clock regular game time.

The Welshman joined Championship club Cardiff City from Liverpool on a season-long loan on the final day of the domestic transfer market last week.

Reflecting on his decision to move out on loan for the season, Wilson has stressed the need for him to play first-team football, especially with the European Championship on the horizon.

Aware that game time was not guaranteed at Anfield, the 23-year-old star was keen to move elsewhere and found the Bluebirds to be the right fit for him.

Wilson feels they deserve to be playing in the Premier League and is desperate to help his current side earn promotion this season.

“I feel this season is a massive one for me“, Harry told Cardiff City TV.

“I knew that personally, I have to get the games and the minutes that I wanted. I felt, at Liverpool, I was not going to get that.

“I wouldn’t say I was desperate to get out, but I was really keen to get out and make sure that I racked up the minutes and the appearances that I wanted to.

“When I was sat down with my agent and spoke and discussed the teams that were in for me, we thought Cardiff would be a good fit.

“You look around the stadium here, the quality of players, they are a Premier League club, so I am desperate to play my part to get us back up there.“

Liverpool firm up interest in Turkey international by starting transfer talks

Liverpool have opened negotiations with the German side Schalke about a £20 million New Year move for young central defender Ozan Kabak.

The Reds told the Bundesliga side that they want to take the 20-year-old Turkish defender to Anfield after learning they had lost the Dutchman Virgil van Dijk for the season with a torn cruciate ligament.

Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of Kabak – and the Reds would have made their move in the summer transfer market had the global pandemic not struck to limit their transfer spend.

Schalke’s management valued Ozan at £40 million before coronarivus ravaged the game’s finances.

They are still looking to bank £30m but Liverpool’s board are preparing a deal that would see the club pay an initial £20m with further payments loaded into the deal.

Virgil is not expected to play again this campaign after suffering serious knee damage from a challenge by Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford in Merseyside derby.

Ozan has been at Schalke for just over a year after arriving from fellow Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart for £13 million when they activated a release clause in his contract.

Born in Ankara, Kabak came through the ranks at Galatasaray before transferring to Germany.

He has played four times for his country’s national team after representing Turkey at youth level since the age of 14.

Virgil is yet to go surgery and his place in the Netherlands’ roster for next summer’s European Championships is in serious doubt too.

Dutch tactician orders Barcelona to sign Liverpool attacking target

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is allegedly keen for his club to replace forward Ousmane Dembele with Wolves attacker Adama Traore in the January transfer window.

The Dutch tactician has pinpointed Traore as an ideal target for that zone of the pitch, while Liverpool are also mentioned as potential buyers for the €40million-rated attacker, according to a report from Todo Fichajes.

Traore has shone in the PL and could be a fine addition for a bigger side after showing what he can do at Wolves.

The Reds are pretty well stocked upfront, with boss Jurgen Klopp already having surely the best front three in world football in the form of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, before then adding Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino in the last two transfer windows.

It remains to be seen if the PL champions will really prioritise a move for Adama in the near future but a talent like that could be hard to reject.

Todo Fichajes state the Spain international could cost as little as €40 million, which would certainly be a bargain.

Still, it may be that Blaugrana is a more likely destination for the player, who would likely get more game time there due to their apparent desire to sell Dembele, according to Todo Fichajes.

Meantime, Liverpool’s Harry Wilson has revealed that manager Jurgen Klopp and himself were on the same page when they discussed his desire to play senior team football.

“I spoke with Jurgen at the beginning of the season“, Wilson told Cardiff City’s official TV channel.

“I let him know that I wanted to be playing football and he agreed. As soon as I had that chat with him, I knew we were both on the same page.”