Liverpool transfer news: Mbappe blow, centre-back solution, Shaqiri snubs move

Liverpool: Klopp provides squad update

Liverpool’s title defence hasn’t quite gone to plan this season. The Reds sit fifth in the table on 34 points after 19 games ahead of the trip to Tottenham. But while much of the talk still centres around their transfer activity, manager Jurgen Klopp is not expecting any arrivals before the January deadline.

“Not really, no,” Klopp said when asked about new additions.

“I would not say absolutely 100 per cent no but I don’t expect anything to happen, to be honest.”

Here, Express Sport rounds up the latest transfer news coming out of Anfield.

Kylian Mbappe blow

Liverpool have been linked with PSG star Kylian Mbappe for some time now.

However, recent activity by Real Madrid may have dented their hopes of signing the Frenchman.

Real are one of many clubs to have been hit hard financially by the Covid pandemic.

But the La Liga giants have been quick to recoup some funds through player sales and loan fees.

According to AS, Real have raised around £100m from which could aid in their bid to sign Mbappe.

Recent business includes Sergio Reguilon joining Tottenham, with Gareth Bale signing on loan.

Arsenal signed Martin Odegaard on loan, while Achraf Hakimi was sold to Inter Milan.

Centre-back solution

According to The Athletic, Liverpool’s scouting network felt bringing in a new defender this month was an ‘obvious solution’.

Many expected the Reds to sign a new centre-back before the January deadline but that hasn’t been the case so far.

Injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, along with Joel Matip’s fitness issues, have left the Reds short at the back.

There are now just a few days remaining of the window, which closes on February 1.

Xherdan Shaqiri snubs move

Shaqiri has reportedly turned down a move to Hertha Berlin this month.

The Swiss international was linked with a move away last summer but decided to stay at Anfield despite limited playing opportunities.

His contract with Liverpool runs until 2023.

According to Sky Germany, via Fussball Transfers, Hertha Berlin were keen to sign Shaqiri.

But the report claims he snubbed the move because he didn’t want to be in a relegation battle.

The Bundesliga side have lost nine of their 18 league games this season, leaving them 14th in the standings and just two points above the relegation play-off place.

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