Effervescent German manager Jurgen Klopp has addressed any transfer rumours with cryptic enthusiasm. Speaking to the club’s website after yesterday’s draw with West Ham United he said: “Hopefully, one player or other will come back from injury in the next few weeks and then we’ll have enough players.
“For what happens in the transfer market, you have to wait in the next 48 hours and we will see if something happens or not.”
Read into those comments as you will; maybe something will happen. But maybe not; perhaps it’s a German mind game that emanates from an intellectual perspective above a football journalist's. Or maybe Liverpool won’t be signing anyone at all. That hasn’t stopped the rumours though, of which there are some fleeting ones.
Starting at the Telegraph who today report that Joel Matip is being encouraged to move to Anfield. The Schalke defender is out of contract in the summer and former Real Madrid centre back Christoph Metzelder has encouraged the defender from his former club to move. “Joel is free. If the interest is from England and he wants to have an experience abroad, then Liverpool is a super destination for him.
“Jurgen knows he can work very well with him,” he continued.
“For Joel it would be an easier entry into a new country and a new environment."
With the German’s contract expiring in the summer, Liverpool are unlikely to make a move for the player until then. To their credit, Schalke appear determined to hold on to the player. General Manager Horst Heldt has had this to say: "We have agreed to an appointment [with the player’s advisor] which will take place soon,"
“I remain in good spirits and I hope that we can convince Joel to stay at Schalke.”
Big January transfers that may go through this week
Big January transfers that may go through this week
1/6 Loic Remy - Chelsea to Leicester City, £11.5m
The ex-QPR and Newcastle striker look set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. The signing of Brazillian forward Alexandre Pato means that the French international is now considered surplus to requirements at the champions. Whilst Newcastle and Crystal Palace has been interested in the player he now looks set to be heading to high-flying Leicester City. An £11.5m bid from Claudio Ranieri is expected to mean that Remy will join Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez at the King Power stadium.
2/6 Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool, £30m
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is in the midst of an injury crisis at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out. January is a notoriously challenging time to do business of this magnitude so the Reds’ offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira should be commended. Scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit, Liverpool have already failed with two offers, worth £24.5m and £28m respectively, as the transfer window hurtles along. Expect Klopp to go in with a late bid before deadline day.
3/6 Mathieu Debuchy - Arsenal to Sunderland or Aston Villa, six-month loan
Sunderland have reportedly joined fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the race to sign Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal full-back has fallen out-of-favour at the Emirates this season and will be allowed to leave on loan if the Gunners receive a financial package which matches their valuation. Remi Garde, the Villa manager, has pursued Debuchy’s signature all month but has been frustrated with the lack of progress made.
4/6 Saido Berahino - West Brom to Newcastle or Tottenham, £23m
The unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker is stirring for a move away from the Hawthorns. Tottenham had two bids rejected for the forward in the Summer but are yet to move in for the former England Under 21s man. Whilst Spurs may move late on deadline day to secure a deal they could also face competition from Newcastle. Steve McClaren is thought to be interested in bringing Berahino to the club to form an English triumvirate with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. However, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thought to be unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
5/6 Eder - Sampdoria to Leicester City, £10m
Leicester City have been linked with a £10m move for Sampdoria and Italy striker Éder as manager Claudio Ranieri looks for a new forward to spearhead their title challenge. The Foxes are three points clear atop of the Premier League table following the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Saturday, but recently offloaded Andrej Kramarić on loan to Hoffenheim for the rest of the season. Sky Sports Italia report Leicester are prepared to meet Sampdoria’s valuation for the 29-year-old, who has scored twice in eight appearances for the Azzurri.
6/6 Renato Sanches - Benfica to Manchester United, £30m
The name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United's transfer talk in the window's closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount.
To Italy and gossip specialists Calicomercato who are reporting that Liverpool lead the race to sign Spanish international Alvaro Morata. This rumour has been doing the rounds for quite some time but is unlikely to go through. Juventus are unwilling to sell whilst Real Madrid have a buy-back clause in Morata’s contract.
Ben Chilwell is still being chased by a number of clubs including Liverpool according to the Telegraph’s John Percy. “Leicester insists the defender is not for sale but there are issues with his contract and a departure seems likely - though the feeling is that a move is for the summer.”
Elsewhere Danny Murphy has tipped Gary Cahill for a move to Anfield. “Would he suit Liverpool? Would he be a player that gets into the Liverpool team and make a difference? Yes, he would," Murphy informed TalkSport.
“He’s a terrific lad, a good pro, a good trainer and not a moaner or a whinger.
“He’s a winner and every time I see him play I think he’d die for the team, he gives it everything he’s got. If he does become available, there a few clubs would pay good money for him.”
And whilst Murphy is right to ascribe these features to the England international, there seems little evidence he will swap London for Merseyside. Whilst the London Evening Standard reported that the player was unsettled this week, it’s not thought that Chelsea will be willing to let him go.
The Blues have just signed Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls and Cahill is needed as cover should John Terry or Kurt Zouma find themselves injured. So that deal is unlikely to be a goer.
The Mirror are reporting that club legend Phil Thompson believes the Reds should have signed Charlie Austin. The former QPR man went to Southampton to a mere £4 million. "They should have signed Charlie Austin. It's a case of needs must and for the price Southampton paid he would have been worth a gamble. And he's a Liverpool fan."
To be fair to Phil, the last cut price Liverpool fan to move to Anfield was the former beetroot factory worker Ricky Lambert. With a solid two goals in 25 games perhaps Jurgen Klopp felt that proven top flight talent was a better deciding factor than the emotional sway of the heart.
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