Liverpool told to strengthen in midfield during January window

Former Premier League star Kevin Phillips has suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool need to land a ‘world class’ midfielder in the immediate future.

This comes after the Spain international Thiago was ruled out for a stint because of a hip problem.

The Anfield side failed to replace Georginio Wijnaldum during the summer when the Netherlands international left the side as a free agent.

Instead, manager Jurgen Klopp turned to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott to fill the void.

Regular injuries in the midfield area and the long-term absence of Harvey has hampered the evolution and the German head coach may now need to delve into the transfer market.

That is the view of Kevin, who told Football Insider that the Merseyside giants must act soon.

“(James) Milner and (Jordan) Henderson will be another year older so I think it’s vital they get another midfielder in.

“There’s been a lot of talk about Jude Bellingham. He is someone who could be the long-term future of that midfield.

“He could be one that comes in. Milner has been an incredible servant but his time will come eventually.

“For a club of Liverpool’s size and the position they are in, they need a world-class centre-midfielder.

“Jude Bellingham is one player who certainly fits the mould. It’s an area they need to address in the summer, 100 per cent, and I think they will.”

Liverpool keeping close eye on Jupiler Pro League midfield talent

Liverpool are reportedly tracking the progress of Oostende’s Cape Verde international Kenny Rocha Santos.

The 22-year-old midfielder played the full 90 minutes of his country’s 1-0 win against Ethiopia in their Africa Cup of Nations opener last weekend.

And now the Premier League outfit have joined Feyenoord and Porto in tracking the star, according to Dutch outlet Voetbal.

The report states that the Belgian club Oostende rate their player at just €10 million (£8 million) and he could consequently be a cheap option for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been linked with a swoop for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma for a while but they have allegedly slapped a £50 million price-tag on him.

The club are under no pressure to sell their prized possession but their stance may change if a bid of around £50 million is made, according to The Athletic.

When quizzed if any clubs have spoken to him about Yves, Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: ‘Nope. Who knows. It’s the transfer window, you never know.

‘We are comfortable with where we are at, we know the situation. From my perspective, I will just try to help him when he comes back from the AFCON and help him get back to his best. When he does that, he is a top player.

‘We want to keep all our players but I also understand the way the market is and the way football is. We understand where we are in the football pyramid.

‘You know that things can happen but my expectation is that we will have a strong squad come the end of the transfer window.’

Real Madrid man to be subject of £25m Liverpool proposal

Liverpool are allegedly determined to land Toni Kroos during this summer’s transfer market and are preparing to make a £25 million offer for the Real Madrid star.

The 32-year-old German only has 18 months left to run on his existing deal at the Santiago Bernabeu outfit but recently said that he is keen to end his career with Los Blancos.

Kroos has again been an important player for the Galacticos during the 2021-22 campaign, featuring 21 times, contributing three goals and three assists so far.

However, according to El Nacional, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are yet to open discussions with him over an extension, which has drawn the attention of the Reds.

The report says that manager Jurgen Klopp would be ‘delighted’ to bring in his compatriot, and the Premier League side are preparing to put a three-year contract proposal on the table.

They are understood to be hopeful that an offer in the region of £25 million would be enough to convince the fellow European giants to sell the four-time UEFA Champions League winner.

Meantime, Liverpool have also reportedly pinpointed KV Oostende midfielder, Kenny Rocha Santos, as a possible transfer target.

In spite of the club currently fighting for survival in the Jupiler Pro League, the 21-year-old Cape Verde international has made an impression in creative zones during his 21 appearances this campaign.

The report goes on to say that the De Kustboys management would be ready to cash in on him for a fee in the region of £8 million.