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Liverpool discover asking price for one of Lazio top players

Liverpool would reportedly have to make a ‘sensational’ proposal to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic next year, reports say.

The Anfield outfit had a quiet summer transfer market but could move to strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s squad next year.

Ibrahima Konate was the Reds’ only new addition in the summer, with the centre-half arriving in a £36 million deal from the German club RB Leipzig.

The Reds instead focused on handing their current players longer deals, with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson all extending their stays on Merseyside in August.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are the next players in line for new contracts, with the attacking trio’s current deals set to expire in the summer of 2023.

However, the English giants are likely to dip back into the transfer window in 2022, with Klopp’s roster potentially needing a refresh.

One of the zones they could look to bolster is central midfield, considering they lost Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer in the summer.

They have previously been linked with Lazio’s Serbian star Milinkovic-Savic, who has impressed this campaign by registering three goals and two assists in eight Serie A matches so far.

However, he wouldn’t come cheap. According to Calciomercato, it’d take a ‘sensational’ bid of around £67 million (€80 million) for I Bianconeri to think about selling their star player.

Liverpool set their sights on shock move to land four-time UCL winner

Liverpool are said to be plotting a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.

The Galacticos are reportedly planning to sell some of the highest earners at the Santiago Bernabeu in order to cut their wage bill and raise funds.

According to El Nacional, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge fan of his compatriot.

Reports have suggested Toni could be available for just £20m. The player’s current contract with the Galacticos is set to expire in June 2023.

He joined the La Liga giants from Bayern Munich in a bargain deal worth €30 million back in 2014.

The Germany international has developed into one of the best midfield players in the world during his time with the Spanish heavyweights.

He has helped Real Madrid lift two La Ligas and three UEFA Champions League trophies during his time at the club.

Kroos has formed a formidable midfield partnership with Casemiro and Luka Modric.

At 31, he’s approaching the latter stages of his professional career and now lacks the consistency, mobility, and speed he once possessed.

they have signed French teenage prodigy Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes in the summer and have been strongly linked with a move for AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouaméni and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

Italian giants snubbed hefty Liverpool offer for their gifted ace in summer

Liverpool allegedly placed a record-breaking offer for Italy forward Federico Chiesa in the summer.

The Reds have been strongly linked with a move for the Fiorentina loanee in recent months and the speculation has not yet subsided.

Undoubtedly the star performer as the Azzurri win the European Championship, Juventus star is a man in demand.

According to a recent report from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Liverpool attempted to break their transfer record to snap up the 23-year-old for £84 million.

The report claims that the Old Lady rejected all proposals as their current stance is to retain the services of the prized asset at all costs.

Due to sign for I Bianconeri permanently for €40 million (£36 million) at the end of this campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side and others could rekindle their interest in 2022.

Thus far this season Federico has netted twice and provided one assist in seven matches for his team.

Bringing in additional options in the attack could be the next and most important stage of the evolution at the Merseyside outfit.

Already well-stocked with gifted youngsters in midfield and defensive areas, long-term replacements for Roberto Firmino and in particular look to be key next decisions.

Liverpool failed to snare highly-regarded La Liga club wonderboy

Ansu Fati resisted bumper contract offers from Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United to sign a fresh deal with Barcelona, it has been stated in Spain.

Blaugrana fans felt massive relief when their beloved club confirmed that Fati penned a new six-year contract to pledge his future to the Camp Nou.

The Catalan outfit also inserted an unrealistic €1bn exit clause in his fresh contract to keep him out of reach of the continent’s biggest and most financially powerful sides in the near future.

But several outfits across Europe made tempting offers to the Spaniard and were in constant touch with his representative through intermediaries to stop him from extending his stay at Barcelona.

According to Spanish source COPE, the Reds, the Red Devils and Les Parisiens made massive contract proposals to the 18-year-old attacker.

It has been reported that the offers from the aforementioned clubs dwarfed the terms Blaugrana offered, being more than double the deal Ansu has penned.

However, the ace was always clear about continuing at his boyhood club and kept his word by penning extension.

And the unrealistic buy-out clause is likely to keep their prized asset away from the clutches of all the other European powerhouses, including Jurgen Klopp’s side for a while.

Liverpool to be crowned 2019-20 PL champions at the end of season

The former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer is of the view that the Reds are currently in a better position to lift the Premier League trophy than they were when they won it during the 2019/20 season.

The Anfield side have started the current top-flight season on fire and are unbeaten in the division.

They have been able to mirror their PL form in Europe as well and supporters are buzzing over whether the club can get their hands on silverware this term after finishing last season without any major honours.

Jason is impressed with the way Liverpool have started this season and sees Jurgen Klopp’s men being in a better position to clinch the PL crown now than what the team were when they won it in the 2019/20 term.

McAteer added that the German coach has been able to get the best out of the majority of his roster and stressed that strength in depth will help them push on across all competitions.

Quizzed about the prospect of the side getting their hands on silverware this campaign, he told LFC TV: “For me, I think they are in a better position than what they were when they actually won it [the Premier League].

“I think, although we did not buy in the summer and there is a lot of criticism over it, I think everybody and arguably [Ibrahima] Konate you could say is the only one who is not up to speed with how Jurgen wants to play.

“They can all slot in. He can rotate, it is what he has done in the opening few games. He has been a bit more consistent over the last month or so, but he has certainly got the strength in depth, the knowledge of the players and the trust of the players that he can throw anyone in.”

Championship club defender speaks highly of Liverpool loanee

Preston North End star Joe Rafferty has lauded Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg as a beast on the field and stressed the Dutchman has all the attributes to become top centre-back.

He is currently in his second spell at Preston, having featured there on a six-month loan stint last season.

The youngster has been able to establish himself as a regular starter under Frankie McAvoy at Deepdale, getting minutes as a right-back and right wing-back in addition to his natural centre-half role.

Rafferty, Sepp’s Lilywhite team-mate, rates him highly and lauded van den Berg as a beast on the pitch, highlighting his stunning physical qualities.

The 28-year-old Rafferty added that the Reds-owned ace is technically good and says he has all the attributes to develop into an elite centre-back.

Quizzed what he thinks the former Zwolle talent’s best qualities on the pitch are, Joe told LFC TV: “Physically he is a beast.

He has got all the attributes. He is big, he is strong, he is powerful, he is quick. And not just that, technically really good.

“That is probably why Liverpool bought him. He eventually wants to be a centre-back and I think he has got all the attributes to be a centre-back.

Liverpool linked with shock move for 26-year-old Man City star

Liverpool have allegedly emerged as contenders to bring back Raheem Sterling from the Premier League rivals Manchester City.

The England attacker departed Anfield for the Etihad Stadium outfit in the summer transfer market of 2015, but the player has struggled for starts under manager Pep Guardiola this season and recently revealed that he’d be open to an exit.

Barcelona are said to be leading the hunt for Sterling’s signature, and the Citizens are supposedly willing to let their player leave should they receive a sum of £68 million over the winter or next summer.

Now, a German newspaper Bild journalist Christian Falk states that Liverpool are also keeping a close eye on their former academy starlet’s future with a view to re-sign the forward in 2022.

Raheem is yet to extend his existing deal beyond the summer of 2023, but Falk also says that Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a swoop for Raheem, who would be keen on signing for a foreign club.

The 26-year-old out-of-favour player previously banked 23 goals and 25 assists in 129 matches for the Merseyside giants but only boasts one goal and two assists from 12 appearances across all tournaments so far this term.

Egypt attacker states his intention to see out his career with Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has confirmed he is keen to extend his stay at Liverpool and pen a new deal.

The Egyptian star has been in sensational form for the Anfield outfit this season by scoring 12 goals in 11 matches across all competitions.

While he has let the football do the talking on the field, away from it there seems to be a standoff between himself and the club regarding his contract situation.

The 29-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the 2022-23 term and in spite of not putting pen to paper on a fresh contract as of yet, Mohamed has now gone public with his willingness to remain on Merseyside.

‘If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that – it’s not in my hands,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘At the moment I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.

‘It’s hard, I don’t want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad.

‘At the moment I don’t see myself playing against Liverpool but let’s see what will happen in the future.’

Mohamed has regularly been linked with a transfer to the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent years but news of his intentions to stay on Merseyside will come as a relief to Liverpool supporters.