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 star’s £4.5m-per-year demand could be a problem as two Serie A clubs are interested
Latest Liverpool transfer news: Dejan Lovren’s salary is a problem for Serie A clubs
CalcioNapoli24 (h/t Daily Star) claims that Napoli are interested in the services of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. The report claims that AC Milan and Napoli are offering Lovren the chance of regular football.
The Croatian fell down the pecking order at Liverpool last season, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip preferred to partner Virgil van Dijk.
The 29-year-old Lovren started 11 Premier League games and did a decent job throughout the campaign, however, the lack of games has left Lovren considering his future, according to the report.
Napoli can offer Champions League football for the centre-back while AC Milan will participate in the Europa League next season.
Milan News (h/t Daily Star) adds that Lovren’s representatives were in Milan to discuss a possible move to the San Siro. The report claims that Lovren is interested in playing for the Milan giants and a deal worth £25m is being discussed.
Klopp would have to enter the market to replace Lovren
Lovren has been a quality member of the side and has always given it his all. Should he decide to leave for regular football, we have to sign a replacement. Liverpool had some defensive headaches, with fractures for Matip and Gomez last season, while Lovren also suffered a few injuries.
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The Reds cannot go into the season with only three senior centre-backs, and it will be interesting to see what actions are taken regarding Lovren in the summer.
Dutch giants set £30m price-tag for 26-year-old sensation amidst Liverpool interest
Liverpool FC transfer news: Ajax want £30m for Hakim Ziyech amidst Liverpool interest
The Moroccan international was one of their best performers in an incredible campaign as they reached the Champions League semi-final.
Serie A side AS Roma have already bid for the 26-year-old while there is interest in Ziyech from Germany and Spain (h/t Mirror).
Marc Overmars, Ajax’s director of football, added that Ziyech would leave in the summer, but the report claims that the Moroccan isn’t keen on any of the bids that the Dutch giants have received.
The 26-year-old scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for Ajax last season. Ziyech can play in several positions but his best performances came when he was deployed as a winger.
Liverpool could do with a versatile attacker
Ajax’s asking price isn’t too high given the performances of Ziyech last season, and he would make an excellent signing for the Reds. The Moroccan can provide cover for several positions and can take up the role of an attacking midfielder under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have a great team at the moment and a few quality additions could improve us further.
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Ziyech would not be a starter for the Reds, but he could be a game-changer off the bench in some of the tighter clashes.
“Enjoy your break”, “We love you”: Several Liverpool fans shower praises on star man after a touchy end of season message
Latest Liverpool news: Virgil van Dijk posts incredible message as he plans for next season
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk capped off a brilliant season by winning the Champions League. The Dutch superstar did suffer heartbreak in the competition last season as we were beaten by Real Madrid.
The Reds were excellent in the Premier League too but missed out on the title by one point. Van Dijk was in the middle of all good things for the Reds as he helped us to the best defensive record in the league.
The 27-year-old also led the Netherlands to the Nations League final but lost to Portugal. Van Dijk posted an emotional message regarding the season where he claimed that winning the Champions League was a dream.
The Liverpool centre-back added that he is looking forward to more success with club and country, and thanked the fans for their support.
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) June 14, 2019
Van Dijk turns Liverpool around
The Dutch defender has been one of the best signings we have made in the Premier League era. His presence at the back has transformed our defence and the defender barely seems ruffled when the opposition attack.
Liverpool did not have a great defence during the first two years of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure but Van Dijk has made us incredibly difficult to break down.
The Dutchman doesn’t make mistakes at the back too, and he should be set for several great years at Anfield. As the defender goes away on a break, many Liverpool fans shared their love for the 27-year-old on Twitter.
Love you Virg❤️🔴
Take a long break, you deserve it.
My centre back pic.twitter.com/4nlV69YeAF
— Owen🇩🇪🇨🇦 (@LFCOwen96) June 14, 2019
— Bruna (@brunalfc) June 14, 2019
— 🌸Debbie van Dijk🌸 (@RedDeb04) June 14, 2019
— Champions of Europe (@LFCEuroRoyalty) June 14, 2019
— Kasia (@LFCKasia) June 14, 2019
We love you king pic.twitter.com/PsJzSOaCQs
— Upxsh (@Virgilxnte) June 14, 2019
Top man, enjoy your break.
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) June 14, 2019
— Jürgen Meister🇩🇪 (@SS_LFC) June 14, 2019
So glad to have such an incredible player like you who truly loves this club. Thank you for making our dreams possible!
— 6 TIMES🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@CalvesLikeShaq) June 14, 2019
Have a great break Virgil! pic.twitter.com/Nvv7SOA3GD
— AB1🇧🇷 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@Ftbl_Becker) June 14, 2019
please never leave my life
— 6 (@rayandeuxfois) June 14, 2019