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Liverpool news round-up: Talks with Sokratis, Inter chase Origi, Reds rejected Tsimikas offers



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.

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 want to keep hold of 24-year-old Greece international

Liverpool have received offers for defender Kostas Tsimikas from Panathinaikos and Olympiakos, according to TEAMtalk.

It has been claimed that Greek giants are keen on signing the left-back in the January transfer window, but the Reds have turned them down and want to retain the services of the left-back at Anfield.

The Scotland captain Andy Robertson is the first-choice left-back at Anfield at the moment, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon.

Tsimikas was purchased by the Premier League giants from Olympiakos in the summer transfer window of 2020 as a back-up to Andy but the 24-year-old has failed to make an impression at Anfield.

The Greek has made two starts and one substitute appearance in the UEFA Champions League and has played once in the EFL Cup for the Reds thus far this season.

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has suggested that he’d like to sign a central defender in the January transfer market, but it may not be possible.

The German told The Guardian: “Now we talk about a centre-half. Yes, it would help: 100%. Would we score more goals with a centre half? I am not sure. Would it give us a little bit more stability in specific moments?

“Yes, probably. But we don’t go and say: ‘If we don’t get this or that, then we cannot perform.’ It would sound like an excuse, and the last thing we are looking for is that.”

In other news, the Serie A giants Inter Milan have been offered the opportunity to sign the out-of-favour Liverpool star Divock Origi on loan, according to the latest reports.