Liverpool are planning to add more defensive players into the side and The Guardian reports that we have lined up three defenders that can do the job at Anfield.
The report claims that we are interested in Harry Maguire of Leicester City, Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United and James Tarkowski of Burnley.
The trio of English defenders all had impressive seasons for their respective clubs and it should come as no surprise that we are interested in signing a quality centre-back.
Out of the three, Maguire is also of interest to Manchester City, so there could be a bidding war with the champions and that is something we should not get involved in.
Lascelles played 33 games for Newcastle and helped them avoid relegation under Rafael Benitez while Maguire is a part of the World Cup squad and played in the 2-1 win over Tunisia.
Tarkowski did pretty well too with Burnley as he helped them finish 7th and the club is set to take part in the Europa League under Sean Dyche next season.
All of them have their pros and cons but if it were up to us, getting Maguire to play with Virgil van Dijk would be incredible. The duo would be able to deal with the physical players easily and can play the ball to help our attackers.
The three, however, would not be cheap given that they are English defenders. Their prices might be a little inflated in the current market.
We do require another central defender in the side as we cannot rely only on Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip to cover for Dejan Lovren and Van Dijk next season. It will be interesting to see which defender we go for and hopefully, we get the right one to shore up our defence.
Liverpool plotting January move to sign 25-year-old Belgian with £26m release clause
The Belgian has been in great form for Borussia Monchengladbach this season with 11 goals and six assists.
Hazard is contracted with the Bundesliga giants till 2020, and the report adds that Manchester United and Everton are also interested in the Belgian winger.
Liverpool could do with some additional firepower in the second half of the season, and Hazard seems to be a quality option if we can sign him based on his release clause.
It would be tough for the attacker to start games from the go at Liverpool but having someone to cover Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah would be great.
The Liverpool duo has been incredible since joining the Reds and Klopp splashed a lot in the summer to sign the likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson.
Xherdan Shaqiri was the only attack-minded player we got in the summer, and it will be interesting to see our activity in the winter window.
The Reds lead the Premier League by just one point, and strengthening our side in January could make our Premier League dreams come true.
Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender
The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.
Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.
The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.
The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.
The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.
The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
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