Liverpool Round-Up: £40m for La Liga defender, PL No.8 on Radar, Message to Klopp

By | July 12, 2020

Liverpool identified £40m-rated La Liga centre-back as a summer transfer target

Premier League giants Liverpool have reportedly identified Real Sociedad centre-back, Diego Llorente, as a possible replacement for Dejan Lovren should the Croatia international defender depart from the club this summer.

The Reds are believed to be open to offers for Lovren, who has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all now above him.

The Merseyside Reds are expected to only dip into the transfer market should a player depart from the club ahead of the next season and, with AS Roma reportedly in talks with Lovren, they are planning potential defender targets.

Spanish outlet La Razon reports that Llorente is on their wish list, having impressed at Real Sociedad since making the switch to the club from Real Madrid after three years.

Llorente’s form has seen him earn five Spain caps, while he has managed to found back of the net seven times in 77 first-team games for La Liga outfits.

The 26-year-old defender has a release clause at £40m, although the Merseyside Reds would hope to be in talks that down as they look to limit spending in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp planning £50m move for Premier League No.8 midfielder

Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp is targeting a move for Wolves playmaker Ruben Neves, according to the reports.

The Premier League giants have already missed out on securing the services of Timo Werner, with the RB Leipzig forward now on the brink of joining Chelsea despite holding talks with the Merseyside Reds.

Neves, meanwhile, has enjoyed another stunning campaign with Wolves as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side stay in the hunt for a Champions League place when the PL resumes next week.

According to The Sun, Jurgen Klopp has identified Ruben Neves as one of his top transfer target for the summer transfer window.

The report suggests that the Merseyside Reds head-coach feels the 23-year-old plamaker can ‘freshen up’ Liverpool’s midfield

Neves, who was signed from Portugues giants Porto in a £15 million back in 2017, is now valued at around £50m.

The Merseyside Reds are looking to keep their midfield intact. Still, the Premier League giants run the risk of losing Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as he has just a year left on his current deal and could depart on a free transfer next summer.

The Merseyside Reds have also been rumoured with Adama Traore, who has shone alongside with Ruben Neves at Wolves this campaign.

Klopp is keen to strengthen his offensive end to ease the burden on Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah and had targeted Werner.

But with the RB Leipzig forward seems to be on his way to Chelsea.,

Liverpool legend tips Reds to re-sign Brazilian playmaker

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes the Reds should make an approach for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

The South American playmaker has reportedly made a personal plea to the Reds head-coach Jurgen Klopp in the hopes of engineering a move to his ex-club.

Coutinho departed from Anfield two years ago, however, Coutinho has hatched a plan to get him back at Liverpool.

That’s according to Sunday World journalist Kevin Palmer, who has tipped Coutinho to make a return to the club.

And that includes Steve Nicol, who likes the sound of it. “Why wouldn’t you? I can’t think of one reason why you wouldn’t,” he told ESPN.

“The only place he’s excelled at is Liverpool. The place loves him, he loves the place. Can you imagine adding Coutinho to a squad that, right now are still champions of Europe and are going to win the Premier League?

“You’re going to add a player with the ability of Coutinho, who is going to come in and be in the same situation as a Timo Werner for example, where he is there to fight to get in the starting XI.

“If it’s cut-price, yeah. Listen, this guy’s making over £13million-a-year, he’s going to have to take a hit. The price to buy him is going to have to take a hit but if the money’s right … absolute no-brainer.”

Liverpool are currently one of the best teams in the world, however, since the departure of Coutinho they are lacking with a creativity in the midfield area and re-signing him