Jurgen Klopp could be even more determined to bring in new signings during this January transfer window after Liverpool lost at Southampton thanks to Danny Ings’ goal, meaning it is now three games without a win and just one goal in that run.
Klopp has questioned Manchester United’s penalty record after the Reds saw two appeals rejected in the loss at St Mary’s, which now sees their rivals United able to move ahead of them at the top of the Premier League, should they win their game in hand. The losses of Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and, in the short term, Joel Matip, have left many calling for reinforcements at the back. Youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have stepped in and performed admirably, but for the Reds to remain on course in Europe and defend their title at home, a new signing could be necessary. A proven centre-back could then boost their hopes of advancing in the Champions League knock-outs, where RB Leipzig await in the last 16.
Here you will find all the latest gossip, rumours and latest transfer news surrounding Anfield in what has been an unprecedented season. While Klopp is keeping his cards close to his chest for now: “We have solutions in the squad - obviously. But we are struggling still with the injuries we have at this specific moment - it is happening most of the time it is in the centre-half position. That's clear. Some players are injured, play pretty quick like Joel [Matip] and get injured again. It just can happen like this, when it starts at one point and just doesn't stop. So we have solutions in the squad but if we can do something in the window - I don't know, it's really like that. It's a very difficult transfer window, I'm sure you can imagine. Not a lot of clubs have real money, some clubs don't have money but don't need money as well - that's the situation.”
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LIVERPOOL ESTABLISH FOUR-MAN SHORTLIST
Liverpool have drawn up a four-player shortlist as they look to strengthen their defence this month.
According to Eurosport, the Reds are interested in Schalke's Ozan Kabak, as well as Braga’s David Carmo, Max Wober of RB Salzburg and Sven Botman of Lille.
The Reds loss at Southampton has seen the four-point lead they held at Christmas evaporate
LEEDS INTERESTED IN WINGER KLOPP LABELLED ‘UNPLAYABLE’
Leeds could look to sign former Liverpool target Adama Traore this month, claim Eurosport.
The 24-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Anfield last season, but Wolves were reluctant to sell.
Leeds may have more success in the January transfer window, though, particularly if they are able to do a deal involving several staggered payments.
Traore reportedly wants to leave Wolves and could be available for less than £50m.
LIVERPOOL ‘PUSHING HARD’ IN ALABA PURSUIT
Liverpool are “pushing hard” to agree a deal with Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, according to the Guardian.
The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, but Real Madrid are believed to be the favourites to secure his signature.
Any move is not expected to go through in January, with Alaba content to see out the remainder of his deal at the Allianz Arena.
SHAQIRI ‘COMFORTABLE’ AT LIVERPOOL
Xherdan Shaqiri is “comfortable” at Liverpool and is not expected to leave the club this month, according to Swiss media outlet 4-4-2.ch.
The Premier League champions do not want to “deteriorate quantitatively or qualitatively” and will look to keep a settled squad beyond the close of the transfer window.
Divock Origi is another who has been linked with a potential exit, but Liverpool are in no hurry to sell.
Forty players or staff tested positive between 28 December and 3 January
KLOPP CALLS FOR ‘REACTION’
The Reds failed to score for a second successive game as they fell to a 1-0 defeat
LIVERPOOL INTEREST IN BOTMAN IS ‘NOT ADVANCED’
Liverpool have been linked with Lille centre-back Sven Botman in their search for defensive reinforcements, but Fabrizio Romano claims a potential deal is unlikely to materialise as things stand.
“A lot of rumours also about Botman, the centre-back, he has been amazing really with Lille in France," Romano said on the Que Golazo Podcast.
"They are convinced that the player has a future in the Premier League, but right now there is absolutely nothing with Liverpool, nothing advanced, so we have to wait to understand Liverpool’s strategy.”
CARRAGHER HIGHLIGHTS LIVERPOOL’S PROBLEM AREA
The champions fell to defeat at Southampton on Monday night with creativity again an issue for Jurgen Klopp’s side
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