Jarrod Bowen: All you need to know about Liverpool target
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The Premier League transfer window closes on August 31 giving Liverpool only another five weeks to do any more deals. The Merseyside outfit have made one signing so far in the form of £36million defender Ibrahima Konate, who arrived from RB Leipzig.
The Reds have added Konate to their ranks after contending with unprecedented injury problems in defence last season, when Fabinho and Jordan Henderson were forced to step into the back-line.
The Merseyside outfit have also been tipped to add quality in midfield and in attack this summer. There have been several exits from both departments with it expected more are still to come.
Gini Wijnaldum has been the most high-profile Anfield departure thus far, joining Paris Saint-Germain on a free, but Harry Wilson, Taiwo Awoniyi, Marko Grujic, Liam Millar and Kamil Grabara are among those to leave for fees.
As the window enters its final month, Express Sport looks at which players could still leave Liverpool this summer and who Jurgen Klopp could bring in to further strengthen his squad.
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Five players they could sign
Despite losing Wijnaldum, Klopp has a plethora of senior midfield options in Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.
But Milner is out of contract at the end of the season while Henderson’s current deal expires in 2023 and stalling talks over an extension have raised the possibility he could leave this summer or next year.
Liverpool’s midfield will need additions in the coming years and they could look to make that investment now, particularly given Henderson, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita have all picked up regular injuries in recent seasons.
Saul Niguez, Renato Sanches and Youri Tielemans of Atletico Madrid, Lille and Leicester respectively are the three players most heavily linked to Liverpool, though all would seemingly command starting status.
Deals for any of the trio would not be cheap but Saul appears the most signable if Barcelona cannot conclude a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann going the other way. With Tielemans surely too expensive, Sanches appears obtainable too but he has a chequered fitness record.
There is also an onus upon Liverpool to sign a new attacker with Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi potentially both leaving. Diogo Jota had a tremendous impact after joining from Wolves a year ago and the Reds could look to replicate his success with West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen one possible option.
Bowen has been shortlisted by Klopp and the 24-year-old would be a quality option as a fifth choice forward. He’d be expensive though given he is one of the Hammers’ most important players and would likely come with an English premium.
Leeds United’s Raphinha and Pedro Neto have been mentioned as alternative options but again, neither would be particularly cheap and the Wolves attacker is out injured until later this year. There is no chance of a deal for Juventus’ Federico Chiesa although the Italian is highly rated.
Liverpool may have an eye on a cheaper alternative however and an interesting option might be Rennes’ Jeremy Doku, who has huge potential even if he does currently not match the output of the likes of Salah and Jota. He impressed at Euro 2020 for Belgium and was wanted by Liverpool a few years ago.
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Eight players they could sell
Wales full-back Neco Williams could depart in search of more consistent minutes and a £10m price tag has been put on the 20-year-old by Liverpool if he does move on.
Elsewhere in defence, Nat Phillips is valued at £15m and is liked by West Ham, Burnley, Brighton, Southampton and Newcastle. He will be allowed to move if a suitable offer arises.
Between the sticks, Loris Karius’ Liverpool career is over even though he has trained with the club in pre-season.
Similarly, Ben Woodburn is in Austria at the club’s training camp but the academy graduate, Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer, has not played for the first team since 2018 and is likely to be free to find new employers.
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Sheyi Ojo has spent most of his time out on loan in recent campaigns and is said to be a target for Bayer Leverkusen.
Of Liverpool’s more senior first-team members, the departure of captain Henderson this summer is surely unlikely but it is not impossible if a new deal cannot be agreed in the coming weeks.
Shaqiri is fancied to depart with the Swiss valued at £15m. He has attracted attention from the likes of Sevilla, Villarreal, Lazio and Napoli after faring well at the Euros.
It may be tougher to find a buyer for Origi given his slide in standards in recent years. Liverpool also want between £15m to £20m to sell him meaning he may end up staying another 12 months.
Liverpool’s done deals so far
Ibrahima Konate – RB Leipzig – £36m
Paul Glatzel – Tranmere – Loan
Sepp van den Berg – Preston – Loan
Adam Lewis – Livingston – Loan
Harry Wilson – Fulham – £12.6m
Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin – £6.5m
Marko Grujic – Porto – £10.5m
Kamil Grabara – FC Copenhagen – £3m
Liam Millar – Basel – £1.3m
Georginio Wijnaldum – Paris Saint-Germain – Free transfer
Ozan Kabak – Schalke – End of loan
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