Liverpool have made the first big move of the upcoming January transfer window by finally securing the £75m transfer of long-coveted transfer target, Virgil Van Dijk, from Southampton.
The Reds chased the Dutchman all summer long and a botched attempt to secure his signature ultimately led to the ex-Celtic defender staying put at St. Marys. Since then, bridges have been made between the two clubs and finally Van Dijk will complete his move to Anfield for a world-record fee for a defender.
It remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp will make further additions to his squad when the window reopens in a few days.
We take a look at some potential ins and outs for Liverpool in the forthcoming transfer window…
Manuel Akanji – FC BaselEmbed from Getty Images
Despite the record fee spent on Van Dijk, Klopp could also be set to move for Basel defender, Manuel Akanji, according to the Independent. Akanji is highly rated in his native Switzerland and was a key performer in Basel’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League. Joel Matip has struggled with injuries so far this season and following Dejan Lovren’s inconsistent performances, another centre-back could be on Klopp’s wish list. The Reds are prepared to wait until summer to make their move but Borussia Dortmund are also keen on the 22-year-old which could force Liverpool’s hand.
David Brooks – Sheffield UnitedEmbed from Getty Images
Klopp has placed great trust in his youngsters so far this season with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez playing a key role in their season so far. According to the Mirror, Liverpool are interested in Sheffield United’s David Brooks – who has emerged as one of the country’s most promising talents. The 20-year-old’s performances have seen him break into the first-team at Bramall Lane and he scored his first goal for the club in the Steel City derby against Sheffield Wednesday. He made his full Wales debut earlier this year and despite signing a new contract with the Blades, he has attracted the attention of Premier League clubs; with Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool reportedly interested.
Kevin Trapp – Paris St Germain
After another costly error by Simon Mignolet against Arsenal, it seems that Liverpool will be in search of a new goalkeeper yet again. Klopp opted to sign Loris Karius from Mainz to seemingly replace the Belgian but the German’s shaky start to life in England has seen him drop to number two. Many keepers have been rumoured with a move but according to the Express, PSG’s Kevin Trapp could be top of the list. The German has played second fiddle to Alphonse Areola in France this season and rumours continue to circulate that the Parisians are gearing up a huge money move for AC Milan goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, which would make Trapp surplus to requirements. It’s likely the Reds will wait until summer before addressing their goalkeeping problem when better options are available.
Other Rumoured Transfer Targets
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund
Julian Draxler – Paris St Germain
Hirving Lozano – PSV Eindhoven
Stefan De Vrij – Lazio
Philippe Coutinho – Linked With: Barcelona
While Liverpool chased Van Dijk in the summer, Barcelona chased Philippe Coutinho to no avail. Even after an official transfer request was submitted, Coutinho was not allowed to join Barcelona with the Reds rejecting bids worth around £130m for their talisman. The Blaugrana are expected to revive their interest in the Brazilian – who has been in excellent form for the Reds thus far. Barcelona sees Coutinho as the perfect replacement for Andres Iniesta and rumours suggest they will test Liverpool’s resolve again in January before making another assault in the summer.
Emre Can – Linked With: JuventusEmbed from Getty Images
Also expected to leave the club in the near future is Emre Can. The German is yet to pen a new deal at Anfield and his contract expires in the summer. The former Bayern Munich midfielder is a long-term target of Italian champions Juventus who are the favourites to sign him should he continue to reject a new deal on Merseyside. He is free to speak to foreign clubs in January regarding a free transfer upon expiry of his current deal. This could force Liverpool to accept a cut-price deal when the window reopens rather than lose the midfielder for nothing in a few months.
Daniel Sturridge – Linked With: Southampton, West Ham, Newcastle, AC Milan
It could be the end of Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool after falling down the pecking order following the arrival of Dominic Solanke from Chelsea. Klopp has preferred to use the young forward off the bench following Sturridge’s ongoing injury concerns. The ex-Chelsea striker has plenty of options to stay in England with Southampton and West Ham on the search for a forward in the upcoming window. Former Liverpool boss, Rafael Benitez, is also keen to bring Sturridge to Newcastle to help them stay in the division. Other reports suggest the 28-year-old could be willing to move abroad in search of playing time with AC Milan being touted as a potential destination.
Danny Ings – Linked With: West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Brom, StokeEmbed from Getty Images
Another forward struggling for game time is Danny Ings. The English forward arrived from Burnley and his early performances instantly made him a hit with the fans; but multiple long-term injuries hampered his progress. Now fit again, he faces an uphill battle to break into the first-team given the form of Liverpool’s forward four. Despite playing regularly with Liverpool’s development team, a loan move to another Premier League club could be on the cards. Ings would have plenty of suitors with West Brom reportedly the front-runners for his signature.
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