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Liverpool have been left scrambling to fix their midfield woes in the transfer market, having been pipped to both Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia by Chelsea. After selling Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabian clubs, a gaping hole was left in the middle of the pitch that was once again evident during the Reds’ opening game of the season – an issue they are hoping to fix by the end of the month.
Club icon Jamie Carragher has hit out at Liverpool’s transfer dealings, labelling them a “mess” behind the scenes after failed pursuits of Caicedo and Lavia. “They are in a pretty difficult place,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“They need to buy someone in midfield, people know that they are desperate. They put a bid in for Lavia I think today for £60million even when they refused to pay £50m probably four or five days ago. It’s been an absolute mess. It’s a joke. The biggest problem about it is, Liverpool have known they have needed midfield reinforcements since about August last season… 12 months ago.”
However, there is a sizable chunk of cash available for reinforcements and Express Sport has looked at three deals that Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Jorg Schmadtke could seal before the end of the month.
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Crystal Palace star Cheick Doucoure could be the answer to Liverpool’s defensive issues in midfield, after an impressive first year in the Premier League. The Eagles will be reluctant to lose the Mali international though and would force the Reds to overpay – to the likely tune of £75m.
He would also be ready to make an immediate impact, something that would greatly benefit Liverpool who fielded a trio of attacking players in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Cody Gakpo on their opening day of the season against Chelsea.
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Liverpool need further reinforcements and so also find a long-term Thiago successor, as links away from the club continue to persist and his frequent injury concerns have ensured that the Spaniard cannot be trusted to be available consistently over an entire season.
Fluminense midfielder Andre has been eyed as a player ready to make the jump to the Premier League, though the Brazilian club are in a strong position with their star man under contract until 2026 and would want to keep him for the remainder of their season at least – which finishes in December.
Liverpool could agree a deal to sign Andre in January, with a transfer fee estimated at £25m to be paid then to facilitate further spending this summer while also lining up another midfield addition.
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With Klopp switching system to allow Trent Alexander-Arnold to invert, Andy Robertson often has to operate as a left-sided centre-back with Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate. However, it is not the Scot’s natural role and perhaps prompted links to Chelsea starlet Levi Colwill.
The former Brighton loanee has penned a new deal at Stamford Bridge, but Sporting Lisbon defender Goncalo Inacio is of the same mould and has a release clause of £39m.
The Reds are struggling to register so many foreign players in their squad for the coming season, however, as further additions such as Inacio, Doucoure and Andre for a similar price that was offered to Brighton for Caicedo could force Liverpool’s hand into selling players such as Kostas Tsimikas and Adrian in order to facilitate their new signings.
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