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Liverpool news round-up: Fabian Ruiz targeted, Lawrenson on Minamino, France striker could arrive



Serie A giants No.8 star appears on Liverpool transfer radar

Liverpool are allegedly interested in landing highly-rated Napoli and Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz.

The Anfield side have previously been mentioned with the 25-year-old star and could be about to renew their pursuit amidst competition from La Liga outfit Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He has been in outstanding form this campaign in Serie A and is understood to be prepared for the next step in a brilliant career to date, that is according to a report from a Spanish news outlet Fichajes.

The report adds the Reds ‘want to sign’ the player as manager Jurgen Klopp continues to look for a long-term Georginio Wijnaldum replacement.

Thus far in 2021/22 the star has netted five and added three assists in 18 outings across all competitions.

Securing the services of the player, who is under contract in Naples until June 2023, would still represent a costly outlay for the time being.

However, soon enough Partenopei may fear losing their midfield player for nothing and will likely be prepared to negotiate freely.

Having already sustained multiple injuries in the midfield area and with Thiago, James Milner and Jordan Henderson all over 30, adding another interesting option has to be at the forefront of Jurgen’s thoughts.

Liverpool great talks about 26-year-old Japan international

Liverpool icon Mark Lawrenson has raised his doubt over whether forward Takumi Minamino can succeed at Anfield in the long term, but is sure if the Merseyside side do sell him then he’ll bring in serious money.

Manager Jurgen Klopp opted to retain the services of Minamino over the summer and the Japanese star has been regularly included in the Reds’ matchday squads this term.

The former Red Bull Salzburg ace faces a tough task to secure game time, but Mark commended the star for his work ethic and is sure Takumi has the makings of a high-class player.

However, Mark is not certain whether Takumi will be able to establish himself at the English outfit and feels a big-money departure may be on the cards.

“I’ve never known anyone run so much, he runs everywhere. Sometimes you think with him, just slow down a minute, chew the grass and see what’s happening around”, he said on LFC TV’s Preview Show.

“He’s got the makings of a top player. Whether he does it here, I am not sure. If the worst comes to the worst and they decide that he’s not going to make it then we’re going to make a lot of money on him.”

The 25-year-old has thus far made ten appearances for his team this season, scoring once, in the Premier League versus Arsenal, and three times in the EFL Cup, against Preston North End and Norwich City, respectively.

Liverpool readying shock swoop to land former Lyon centre-forward

Liverpool could allegedly battle Manchester City for the services of Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema during 20202’s summer transfer window.

The 33-year-old attacker has been in excellent form for the Galacticos during the 2021-22 campaign, netting 17 times and registering eight assists in 19 matches in all competitions.

His contract is due to expire in the summer of 2023, though, and Los Blancos are allegedly planning to swoop for both Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe next summer.

A recent report stated that the Frenchman was open to switching to the Premier League amid reports of interest from Manchester City.

According to El Nacional, Jurgen Klopp’s side are also in the running for the striker, with the Merseyside giants looking to land a replacement for the Brazil international Roberto Firmino during next summer’s transfer market.

The report continues, by stating that Les Parisiens are also showing an interest in the player, with the French giants preparing for the departure of Kylian, with the superstar potentially joining Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Benzema has hit 296 goals and registered 152 assists in 578 outings for the capital outfit since arriving from Lyon in the summer of 2009.