Juventus are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in the upcoming transfer window and also seek to beat the Merseyside club in the efforts to pry Mahmoud Dahoud away from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Italian outfit undeniably have the strongest squad in their respective league but if there is an area that welcomes improvements, then it has to be in the middle of the park.
Over the last few seasons, Massimiliano Allegri has already let go a number of influential stars like Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba. Other players have stepped up, alongside summer capture Miralem Pjanic to dismiss the thoughts that the aforementioned trio is a miss but things haven’t really been on par as before.
TuttoMercatoWeb report that they have identified both Dahoud and Can as trump cards to strengthen their midfield. The former seems to be a tougher name for Klopp to digest as since the summer, the 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield. The former Borussia Dortmund boss, who is known for being frugal in transfer markets, opted not to splash the cash and wait until the end of the campaign as the midfielder will be available for only £8.5 million. Seems like the similar idea was running in the minds of Allegri and other European big boys.
Dahoud’s ability to govern the midfield with sheer work rate and spray beautifully weighted passes to the attacking players has made him a top target for Klopp.
On the other hand, Can is toying between poor run of forms and injuries in recent times. He quickly gathered positive feedbacks since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 but gradually began to lose the steam. The 23-year-old is out of contract in 2018 and talks to extend has hindered not long ago but Klopp has mentioned that it’s all due to his injury and nothing with his performance.
However, the Liverpool boss immediate focus will be on snatching a Champions League spot this season. If he fails to do so, he could easily lose both players and end up scratching his head to find replacements, as the carrot of European football has seen many targets turning down The Reds in the past. With Juventus looking set to secure a sixth consecutive Serie A title this term, it’s easy to predict that they are considered as greener pastures for any individuals out there.
Last time out against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool finally bagged their first three points of the year with a convincing 2-0 triumph. Klopp will be hoping for the similar performance when his side take on Leicester City away from home on February 27.
Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member
Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll
Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)
Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.
Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.
O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.
Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.
He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)
Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.
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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.
In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.
Third Liverpool star shipped out on loan until the end of the season
Isaac Christie-Davies joins Cercle Brugge until the end of the season
Liverpool striker Isaac Christie-Davies has joined Cercle Brugge on loan until the end of the season. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
Christie-Davies will now link-up with the Groen en Zwart at their winter training camp in Malta. He is the third Liverpool player to leave on loan this month following Herbie Kane and Rhian Brewster.
The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.
Bernd Storck is the manager of Cercle Brugge, who gained promotion to Belgium’s top-flight last season.
The German coach was previously in charge of Royal Excel Mouscron, where Taiwo Awoniyi spent time on loan last season.
Cercle currently have 13 players on loan at the club. The Welshman’s versatility has seen him perform in midfield, on the wing and upfront for the Liverpool Under-23s this season. This could boost his chances of a starting berth.
Cercle are currently bottom of the Belgian top tier, seven points off their closest rivals Waasland-Beveren after taking just 11 from their opening 21 games.
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Cercle next play at home to Royal Antwerp on January 19 and should give Christie-Davies enough time to prepare for his possible debut.
Liverpool striker returns from loan spell after scoring just 1 goal in 22 games
Liam Millar has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan at Kilmarnock
Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has returned to the club after cutting short his loan at Kilmarnock. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
The 20-year-old striker, who joined from Fulham in 2016, is yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.
Millar signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool in January 2019 and joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.
He made his debut for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 loss to Hearts and scored his first goal a month later against St Mirren.
He returned on loan to Kilmarnock in August 2019 on a year-long loan which has now been cut short by the Reds.
The striker made 22 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, scoring just 1 goal. (h/t Whoscored)
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A versatile forward, Millar is capable of playing both upfront and on the left flank with equal proficiency.
Liverpool had also recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan at VfB Stuttgart to address the lack of cover at centre-back due to injuries.