The winter transfer window opens in five weeks and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces issues over his squad absentees.
Just as Liverpool’s season seems to be preparing well for yet another Premier League title challenge, the dreaded January hits Jurgen Klopp.
The winter transfer window opens in five weeks and the Reds boss is facing issues over his squad absentees.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane travel to Cameroon to join their respective nations for the Africa Cup of Nations and their goals have been key for the Merseyside club this season.
Faced with the possibility of losing the pair for up to six weeks, Klopp must find a way to keep his side on track as they battle with Chelsea and Manchester City for the top spot.
The 54-year-old can at least find comfort in the fact that he doesn’t have a defensive crisis on his hands this time around after Virgil van Dijk’s injury nightmare last season.
But the German coach, along with his recruiting team and outgoing sporting director Michael Edwards, will have their work cut out for them to find suitable replacements for Salah and Mane during their absence.
So who could arrive at Anfield in the coming weeks – and will there be any departures?
Here is the latest transfer news and gossip from Liverpool …
Klopp targets Porto star
Liverpool have received a boost in their reported pursuit of Porto winger Luis Diaz after it emerged that the Portuguese giants are ready to lower their demands.
According to Portuguese media outlet Record, Klopp is keen to add Diaz to his squad after facing the Colombian twice in the Champions League this season.
The report claims Klopp is “confident” that the 24-year-old can make a contribution to his squad and would like to explore the possibility of making an offer in the January transfer window.
Porto are reluctant to lose their star player, who has scored 12 goals and recorded two assists in 17 appearances for Porto this season.
But it is now understood that they are ready to accept a deal for an amount considerably less than his release clause of € 80million (£ 67.6million) if Liverpool continue with their January signing plan.
Their Merseyside rivals Everton have been linked with Diaz in the past, but Liverpool’s talent for qualifying regularly for Europe would surely put them in the lead if the two clubs went head-to-head for his signing.
Reds invited to sign McGinn
Jurgen Klopp has been invited to sign Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn as Jordan Henderson’s ‘big’ long-term replacement
The Scotland international has become synonymous with the Midlands outfit since arriving from Aberdeen in 2016 for just £ 2million.
McGinn has made over 100 appearances for the Villains and has appeared in all but one of their games this season, with the box-to-box midfielder scoring three times.
And former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino believes the 27-year-old would be a superb addition to the Liverpool squad, although new boss Steven Gerrard is unwilling to sell him.
“McGinn is good enough to play for a Champions League club and at 27 he still has the best years of his career ahead of him,” Cascarino told The Times.
“It’s a goal threat and it’s hard to get rid of the ball.
“He has the same body shape as Wayne Rooney, but don’t confuse that with being out of shape.
“I think he would suit the way Liverpool play and make a great replacement for Henderson. But Gerrard will know all of that and the Villa manager will do whatever he can to keep him.”
West Ham will line up Davies
Liverpool flop Ben Davies could finally be set to end his Anfield nightmare with West Ham ready to make an offer for the defender.
The 26-year-old is currently on loan for one season at Sheffield United and has impressed at Bramall Lane, making 13 appearances for the Blades.
Signed by sacked boss Slavisa Jokanovic, Davies has played a key role for the Yorkshire side this season and his performances have caught the attention of David Moyes.
The Hammers boss is looking to sign a cover for injured center-back Angelo Ogbonna and according to The Sun Davies has been added to a list of targets, along with James Tarkowski and fellow Liverpool defender Nat Phillips.
Davies was signed for £ 500,000 by Preston in January 2021 and Liverpool would surely jump at the chance to make a healthy profit on a player who has yet to make his debut for the club.