Liverpool could be in the market for a quality midfielder next season and reports suggest that we could be signing Wilfred Ndidi from Leicester City.
The 21-year-old was brought in by Leicester as a replacement for N’Golo Kante a season back and even though he had a tough start to his career in England, the Nigerian has come up leaps and bounds and is one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
The New Telegraph, which is a paper from Nigeria, claims that we will be looking to pay around $75million (£54million) for the 21-year-old. The report also says that Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the midfielder and is looking to shell out the amount for the player who is one of the rising stars in the league.
A Defensive Midfielder Is A Requirement But Is Ndidi The Right Man?
With us set to lose Emre Can at the start of the next season, we will be in the market for another midfielder, that is a given. The important thing to see is if we would get someone like Ndidi, who has done well this season.
Ndidi does have the most number of tackles made per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season according to the report but he might not be the right option given that we will have to spend around £54million on someone who has had only one decent season under his belt.
One thing is a given – we will spend money on players who we deem fit for the cause and the best examples are Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and even Mohamed Salah. Mane and Salah have more than lived up to their price tag and Van Dijk has done well too.
Ndidi might be a shrewd signing if we don’t have to shell out the £54million that is quoted for his services and hopefully, at the start of next season, we will have a few quality additions that can take our side to the next level.
(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”
We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.
It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.
The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.
The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.
There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.
Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse
The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.
Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.
Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.
The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.
We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.
“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition
Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.
We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.
The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):
“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.
“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.
“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”
Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.
We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.
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