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Liverpool plan bids for Barcelona duo

Liverpool are preparing January bids for Barcelona pair, Midfielder Seydoou Keita and experienced attacker David Villa. Despite the money spent by Liverpool over the last 12 months, the squad remains, arguably short of quality for a genuine title challenge.

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Liverpool are preparing January bids for Barcelona pair, Midfielder Seydoou Keita and experienced attacker David Villa. Despite the money spent by Liverpool over the last 12 months, the squad remains, arguably short of quality for a genuine title challenge. Sportsvibe.co.uk suggests that Kenny Dalglish is in touch with the Catalan side about the availability of the pair.

The report carries no formal quotes so it can only be regarded as speculation at this point. The question has to be asked, what would, if anything these signings bring to Liverpool Football Club apart from a coupe of hefty transfer fees for the accounts department to settle?

Well for starters, it’s clear that Liverpool lack a solid and experienced defensive midfielder. Lucas Leiva, although greatly improved over the second half of last season and this he’s still some way short of being what many would call a title winning midfielder. Certainly not as a defensive midfielder in any case. Liverpool clearly lack a disciplined holding midfielder to sit in front of the back four, and with the exception of Steven Gerrard, I don’t believe Liverpool have a player to deploy in that role. Charlie Adam, great prospect but more attack-minded for that position. Both he and Lucas seem to be playing too far up the field and doing similar jobs. Central midfielders do not protect the defense. The only other option, Jay Spearing is again, a similar type of player.

Keita fits the bill. Maturity. At 31 it’s worth Liverpool abandoning their policy of youth for the time being. If Fenway Sports Group want Champions League football next season, it’s clear the players Liverpool have are not currently experienced enough to fulfill that ambition. The drawback would be the reported £15m fee Barcelona would be insisting on, notwithstanding the fact that Keita is out of contract in the summer. Is this the best we can get for that money? I’m not so sure.

Secondly, it’s clear the Liverpool attack is lacking. I get the impression they rely too much on Luis Suarez right now. Andy Carroll for all his sizeable fee and reputation has not impressed me and the jury remains firmly out. The three-goal return from Carroll in all competitions is clearly not enough for a team of Liverpool’s aspirations. In fairness to Carroll he has come close on a number of occasions this term. Having said that Liverpool won’t be winning matches simply by “coming close”. Again, as for the midfield, experience is urgently required and David Villa certainly fits the bill as a seasoned and capable front man and at 29, he still has a couple of years left in him at the top level. As in the case of Keita the price is a concern. An alleged £35m for a 29 year-old? A bit rich for me. Especially seeing as he’s apparently surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.

I don’t see this coming to fruition. It sounds too much like desperation and a waste of money all things considered. Liverpool’s ambition of Champions League qualification this season is a tall order and a tad ambitious. If they do it, it’ll be a massive achievement but I’d rather this was a season for consolidation and building for a concerted effort next time considering the emphasis on youth. Regardless of all the hype in the media, for the life of me, I can’t see that spending £50m on these two guys is much genuine help or improvement to the squad. There are better value players around for that money.

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Boost for Liverpool as Bundesliga manager open to selling this star striker

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Julian Nagelsmann claims RB Leipzig could sell Timo Werner

Liverpool have been handed a boost in their chase for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The 23-year-old has been linked with the Reds (h/t Liverpool Echo) and has been in great form this season.

The German has 15 goals and four assists in all competitions for Leipzig this season. Werner is also a regular for the national side and scored in their recent win over Estonia too.

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Timo Werner is a regular for the German national team (Image credit: Getty)

Leipzig’s manager Julian Nagelsmann was speaking to Bild and claimed Werner could be sold if the German became bigger than the club (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I’ve already advised many players to take off their wedding ring with their current club to move somewhere else.

“I’d do the same with Timo Werner if he were developing faster than the team at RB Leipzig.”

Werner’s release clause

The 23-year-old signed a new deal with Leipzig in the summer, however, that includes a £25million release clause (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Werner is capable of playing across the front-line and it will be interesting to see how things develop for him in the coming months.

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Timo Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart (Image credit: Bongarts)

Bayern Munich are also keen on landing the 23-year-old (h/t Liverpool Echo) and the Bavarians are struggling this season.

Leipzig are placed extremely well to qualify for the next round of the Champions League and lie second in the Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern.

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Werner scored 16 Bundesliga goals in the previous season and should go past that mark if he keeps his scoring rate up.

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Liverpool interested in Bundesliga star who could leave for £100m in the summer

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Liverpool interested in Jadon Sancho as Dortmund star expected to leave in summer

Liverpool are the latest club to highlight their firm interest in Jadon Sancho, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old has been excellent for Dortmund since joining from Manchester City but has faced some tough times recently.

Manager Lucien Favre has reprimanded Sancho recently and subbed him after 36 minutes against Bayern Munich (h/t Daily Mail).

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Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

The English winger has also been criticised by Michael Zorc, the sporting director, and is contemplating his future at the Bundesliga club (h/t Daily Mail).

Manchester United and PSG are interested in the England international but Liverpool and Barcelona are also keen on landing him (h/t Daily Mail).

Dortmund want big money for Sancho

The winger has a lot of potential to develop further, and Dortmund would not allow him to leave on the cheap.

The report adds that Dortmund are planning for his exit and want more than £100m for the winger.

Sancho has scored three goals and provided five assists this season for the Bundesliga side. The England star has also featured in Euro 2020 qualifiers and has a couple of strikes to his name.

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Harvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham (Image credit: Getty)

It will be interesting to see if Liverpool make a big move in the next summer window.

This summer was quiet with two young players and two veteran keepers joining. However, we kept hold of all our stars and have started this Premier League season well.

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The Reds lie eight points clear of the chasing pack and are nine ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

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Liverpool star pictured with ankle in protective cast during international break

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Mohamed Salah pictured with ankle in protective cast

Mohamed Salah aggravated an ankle injury in our 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend.

The Egyptian scored the second goal of the game and was bright against the Premier League champions.

However, a tackle from Fernandinho late in the game saw Salah remain down and needed treatment.

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Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch during the Leicester game (Image credit: Getty)

The Liverpool forward continued after treatment but had to be subbed off as we held on for the win.

The international break should allow Salah to rest before our clash against Crystal Palace. Egypt shared a couple of pictures and the Liverpool forward was seen wearing a protective boot.

Leicester injury back to hurt Salah

Salah injured his left ankle initially against Leicester City and missed the draw against Manchester United.

The Egyptian will not play for the national side during the break and is also a doubt for the clash against Palace (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The niggling issue needs time to heal and it will be interesting to see if the forward plays the game after that.

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Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson (L) after scoring against Tottenham (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool host Napoli at Anfield after the international break and a win should see us qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition.

We shouldn’t try to leave it to the final day as we travel to Austria and face surprise package RB Salzburg.

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The Reds have an easier run in before the trip to Austria. Liverpool have games against Brighton, Everton and Bournemouth, and should be favourites for the three clashes.

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