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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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French World Cup winner expresses admiration for relentless Liverpool side

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French superstar Kylian Mbappe amazed by ‘very good’ Liverpool

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has expressed his admiration for Liverpool amidst rumours linking him with a summer move to Anfield. (h/t Express)

The 21-year-old is the best young player on the planet and has expressed his admiration for Liverpool’s title charge this season.

Calling the Reds a ‘machine’, Mbappe has been impressed by Liverpool’s ability to attain a winning rhythm one match after the other.

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Kylian Mbappe was PSG’s top scorer in the previous campaign (Image credit: Getty)

Mbappe was full of praise for the Merseysiders’ focus as they extended their unbeaten run in the league to 39 games.

The Liverpool faithful will be pleased to see the attention they have got from the French striker. Mbappe continues to be linked to Liverpool in spite of Jurgen Klopp labelling the player too expensive. (h/t Times)

Mbappe, however, chose to remain coy on his future and went on to assert his commitment to helping PSG win titles this season.

“At the end of the season, we will see. But now I’m focused on my game.”

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Liverpool open to selling this first-team star for €30m in the summer

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Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer

According to trusted Liverpool journalist James Pearce, Liverpool are open to selling Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer transfer window.

The Swiss international is reportedly a target for both AS Roma and Sevilla. Pearce goes on to say that Liverpool will dismiss any approach to loan the player this month but are willing to sanction a move away in the summer for a reported €30million.

Jurgen Klopp had already confirmed that no first-team player will leave the club this January as Liverpool look on course to win their first league title in 30 years. (h/t Express)

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Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled for game time this season (Image credit: Getty)

Shaqiri has been beset by injuries and has played a marginal role at Liverpool this season. The Swiss winger has made just 9 appearances for the Reds this season. (h/t Whoscored) Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino is also likely to further limit his time on the pitch.

Even when fit, the 28-year-old has found playtime hard to come by bringing into question, his future at the club. Liverpool also rejected approaches from Roma and AC Milan to take the player on loan this month.

With € 30 million considered to be enough for Liverpool to sell, it will represent a good profit for the Reds who signed Shaqiri for € 14.7 million in the summer of 2018. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Shaqiri played a key role in Liverpool’s success in 2018-19 and was an important rotation player. He famously came in for an injured Mohamed Salah as Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The winger now has half a season to audition himself for prospective suitors in the summer and given his quality, he shouldn’t have any problems in doing so.

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Liverpool youngster’s loan with Belgian club cut short by injury

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Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Cercle Brugge cut short by injury

Youngster Isaac Christie-Davies ‘s loan at Belgian club Cercle Brugge has been cut short due to injury. (h/t Liverpool Echo)

The 22-year-old had joined the Belgian first division club earlier this month on a loan deal until the end of the season. Unfortunately for the youngster, his prospects of first-team football have been cut short due to a knee injury sustained in training.

Isaac Christie-Davies

The player under a successful surgery and posted on Instagram vowing to come back stronger. Christie-Davies was yet to have made his debut for Brugge.

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The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.

Christie-Davies would have been the third Liverpool to head out on loan this month after Rhian Brewster and Nathaniel Phillips.

A versatile midfielder, the Welsh youth international is equally adept in central and left midfield. He can also play a more attacking central role with ease.

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