Liverpool might be on top of the Premier League but they still haven’t kept more than one clean sheet all season. While the Reds seem to stick with Loris Karius between the sticks, there are rumblings that the Merseyside club could be searching the market for a new defender in the January transfer window and according to RMC Sport (via Tuttomercatoweb) it is PSG star Presnel Kimpembe.
The French defender – Mamadou Sakho – has fallen out of favour at the club and his transgressions certainly have not made it easy for Jurgen Klopp to include him in the first team. Sakho has also seen his position being taken over by Joel Matip and the pairing of Matip and Dejan Lovren is what the German manager of the club prefers.
The Reds will need to bring in someone to deal with the loss of Sakho and it could be another French defender making his way to the club. Presnel Kimpembe also plays for the same club as Sakho used to, Paris Saint-Germain, and he is touted as the next big thing in French football.
The 21-year-old made a name for himself last season when he played nine games in total but this season has seen his rise and he has played eight games in all this season. There were a lot of rumours doing the rounds that the defender could be out of his club as his contract ran up to only 2018.
He was even dropped from the team in a recent game against Toulouse but his coach stated it was due to tactical reasons.
Unai Emery was quoted by RMC sport as saying:
“I’m glad to have Presnel Kimpembe. When David Luiz left, we decided to make him number three in central defence. When on the bench, replacements often involve offensive players, although sometimes you need defenders. So I chose from time to time not to take him as a substitute.
“But if they tell me tomorrow that Thiago Silva or Marquinhos is not ready, Kimpembe will play. He knows it. The club never asked me not to include a layer. If they are not [on the bench] this is just a tactical choice.”
New contract for Presnel
All these rumours have been laid to waste as the defender is set to sign a new contract with improved conditions at PSG. The same French outlet have stated that Presnel could end up earning as much as £174,000, which would be a humongous rise compared to his earlier wage.
The 21-year-old was holding out for a good deal and it seems that it will work out for him in the end. Liverpool might not be willing to match this crazy amount that is being provided to Presnel and the deal does seem to be in the air.
The Reds might have to look at their academy or even playing with Lucas Leiva should Sakho leave. They have also been linked with a move for Niklas Sule, who would be a better and cheaper signing than Kimpembe. The Reds have the cash but they need to spend it wisely.
Liverpool submit enquiry for 12-goal Serie A winger starring for current club
Liverpool make enquiry for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa
Liverpool have made an enquiry into the availability of Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.
Federico Chiesa, 21, has enjoyed a good season with Fiorentina. He has scored 12 goals and supplied three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions. The young Italian’s performances have caught the attention of the Reds, who are competing for Premier League and the Champions League this season.
The Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Fiorentina would be looking for a fee in the region of €70million for the winger, who has a contract that runs until the summer of 2022 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Does Liverpool need Federico Chiesa?
A product of the Fiorentina academy, Federico Chiesa is one of the hottest properties in Italian football. He has performed very well in the Serie A this season and has also become a regular in the Italian national team under Roberto Mancini.
The 21-year-old is pacey, dynamic, hard-working and tenacious as well as a technically-gifted player that can create and score goals in equal measure. The winger can light up the scene with his raw pace and creativity as well as change the course of the game in one blink of an eye.
Chiesa is a clever operator, capable of picking out passes and breaking the lines with his creative passing. To go with his intelligent and solid passing range, he can make space for himself with dribbles and take-ons. The Italy international works incredibly hard without the ball and is no slouch when it comes to performing defensive duties.
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But given we have Mohamed Salah on the right wing and is a regular fixture in Klopp’s front three, the Reds shouldn’t splash so much money on Chiesa.
“It’s the decisive period of the season”: Jurgen Klopp determined to win the PL title in pre-match presser ahead of Cardiff City clash
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp raring to win both the competitions
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are not tired and are raring to win the two elite competitions—the Premier League and the Champions League, as reported by the Liverpoolfc.com.
The Reds are top of the Premier League and have reached the Champions League semi-finals by beating FC Porto over the two legs. That potentially leaves us with seven matches to negotiate in the campaign and after the big win over Porto in mid-week, attention turns towards Sunday’s game against Cardiff City.
“We are not tired. It’s the decisive period of the season. It was last year like this, it is this year like this. That’s good. That we are involved in two more competitions is a sign for success,” Klopp addressed in his presser ahead of the Cardiff game.
“We are still in the Champions League and title race. We are not tired.
‘Training is low intensity because we don’t have to do a lot because the boys know it.
“We have a little session tomorrow and then we go to Cardiff.”
On facing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, Klopp added: “We will probably have the ball a bit more than Cardiff and that’s what we have to use. We have to be very careful about counter-attacks, we have to be very careful about always [being] concentrated because each set-piece will be a proper scoring opportunity for Cardiff.
“That’s impressive. I think the whole city fights for the league and we will go there and have to face it. We will face that and, if we are prepared, then we still can get a result I think.”
Ahead of Sunday’s visit to South Wales, our gaffer also gave an injury update: He expects Dejan Lovren to be available for the weekend fixture, while Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain in contention.
Sunday’s game against Cardiff should be a routine one for Liverpool but a side fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation should never be estimated. Warnock’s side are a powerful, physically strong side whose direct style of football can cause us problems.
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But we have defenders to cope up to their challenge and forwards to hit them hard on the counter. Let’s just hope we return back home with nothing less than three points.
Liverpool enter race to sign 19-year-old with £106m release clause
Liverpool FC transfer news: The Reds interested in Benfica’s Joao Felix
Joao Felix has emerged as one of Europe’s exciting talents, helping Benfica push for the league title this season.
The 19-year-old has taken Europe by storm and became the youngest player ever to net a hat-trick in the Europa League earlier this month. Most of Europe’s elite clubs are already monitoring the teenage sensation’s progress.
Liverpool are also one of the clubs interested in Joao Felix and very recently sent scouts to watch him in action against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he netted a hat-trick in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final last week, report the Birmingham Mail.
The report even claims that the Reds have informed his agent, Jorge Mendes, of their interest in the hoping of taking the player to Anfield at the end of the season.
It’ll be tough to get a deal done for Joao Felix
Felix is now recognised as one of the hottest talents in world football. He is s one of the first names on Bruno Lage’s teamsheet and in just more than half a season, is already on the radar of Europe’s big-hitters.
Considering the interest in teenage prodigy, it’ll be very difficult for Liverpool to sign him. The Portuguese attacker is a player with huge potential but he needs to play regularly if he’s to unlock his true talent.
I don’t see that happening at Anfield, particularly with Jurgen Klopp having a set front-three in Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. It’ll be very difficult for the young Felix to dislodge either one of them from the starting XI.
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Plus, Felix has a £106m release clause in his contract which makes it even more complicated for us to strike a deal.