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Transfer blow for Liverpool as club might not sign star man despite his agent preferring Anfield

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Matthijs de Ligt’s wages could be a problem for Liverpool

The Mirror reports that Matthijs de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola sees Liverpool as the ideal destination for his client and wants him to team-up with Virgil van Dijk.

The pair is already playing for the national team and starred in the 3-1 win over England in the Nations League semi-finals.

Matthijs de Ligt

The report adds that six big clubs are interested in the 19-year-old defender, with Manchester City in the fray too.

Liverpool would have to make De Ligt their highest paid player ever ahead of Mohamed Salah and Van Dijk, or give them a pay raise too, according to the report.

Big wages on offer for De Ligt

Manchester United are offering the 19-year-old £236,000-a-week while PSG are willing to take that up to £256,000-a-week, according to the report.

Mohamed Salah earns £200k-per-week at Liverpool while Van Dijk currently gets £150k-a-week. The report claims that Jurgen Klopp could be worried about the pitfalls of offering a youngster a better deal than his experienced stars.

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt led Ajax to the Dutch league title and the semi-finals of the Champions League. The report adds that the 19-year-old will make an announcement on his future next week, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the running for his signature.

The Dutch defender would be an excellent signing for Liverpool but breaking our wage stricture seems a little excessive given that our defence isn’t a problem area any more.

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Van Dijk has transformed the defence for us since his move from Southampton while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip did a great job alongside him last season.

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“He should be the one” – Anfield legend believes Liverpool should look to sign this in-form English star

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Carragher wants Reds to sign Maddison

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wants the Reds to sign James Maddison of Leicester City.

The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.

Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.

James Maddison

Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”

Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:

“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”

An expensive signing for Klopp’s side?

The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.

The 22-year-old has grown since his move to the King Power Stadium and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season.

Brendan Rodgers has worked well with young talent in the past and our former manager seems to be getting the best out of Maddison.

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Leicester sold Harry Maguire for a huge sum this summer, and they won’t let the Englishman leave easily anytime soon.

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“He needs to be patient” – Klopp believes Liverpool star will be back to his best despite slow start

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Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.

However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):

“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.

“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”

Ox needs more time on the field

The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.

Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.

Liverpool need the Ox to remain injury-free for the majority of this season as he provides a different dimension to the team.

The former Arsenal star provides a greater attacking threat from the midfield and hopefully, he can create several chances for our forwards.

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Liverpool’s next game is against Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman faces the Gunners on Saturday.

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Liverpool coach confirms discussions to sign former Tottenham star available on a free transfer

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed

Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.

The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.

Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.

Adrian

Adrian at Southampton

Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.

The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:

“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”

The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.

A good move for Liverpool?

Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.

Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm

It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.

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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.

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