Jurgen Klopp provides team news ahead of Liverpool's clash with FC Porto
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Michael Edwards may be stepping down from his role as Liverpool director at the end of the season, but with the Reds faced with a selection crisis come January, he may have to pull off one final piece of business.
Liverpool’s recruitment over the past few years has been excellent, and they have built one of the best sides in Europe under Jurgen Klopp which helped end their 30-year wait for a league title.
Their iconic front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino is one of the greatest in recent history, but they face a major problem in January, as Salah and Mane will both be absent from the side due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
It’s likely that Liverpool will be active early in the January transfer window as the seek a short-term replacement, while also thinking for the long-term to solve two problems in one hit.
Director Michael Edwards will be stepping down from his role at the end of the season, but could pull off one more crucial deal despite question marks being raised over one of their potential targets.
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Jarrod Bowen has been linked with a move to Liverpool after reports emerged that Klopp was interested in the West Ham star over the summer, and his recent praise for the 24-year-old has only caused further speculation.
Klopp recently said: “I like him a lot. He made his way up from Hull and he didn’t take too long to get there and show exactly what kind of player he can be in the Premier League. He made big steps.”
The Englishman also registered two assists against Liverpool as West Ham became the only team to defeat Klopp’s side this season, after a 3-2 victory at the London Stadium.
Edwards could make a move for Bowen as Liverpool look to resolve their January issue, and it’s clear that Klopp is a huge fan, but former Reds star Danny Murphy is surprised about a potential transfer.
Murphy told mybettingsites.co.uk: “I did hear those rumours and I was a little bit surprised. I say surprised not because I don’t like Bowen, I think he has adapted to the Premier League well, I think he’s shown a real appetite to improve his game and get into that West Ham side, playing off the right hand side.
“He scores goals, has nice finishing, good feet, does his defensive duties and you can see that he plays for the team, he’s not got a big ego or hide away from the work.
“If you’re looking at winning Champions Leagues and Premier Leagues each year, I’m not sure yet, maybe he could get to that level, we’ll have to wait and see.
“I have to say that the recruitment at Liverpool has been really good. I did have a question mark over the signing of Jota which only shows what I know.
“I think Liverpool are going to be buying forward players thinking more long-term, thinking of Salah’s age, Mane’s age. I’d be looking at players who are on par near that level and can go straight in and be good as.
“If you’re talking about Salah leaving, Salah doesn’t sign a new contract and someone came in with huge money, do I think Liverpool supporters would be content with Bowen coming in and filling in his shoes, I’d say no.
“That’s not saying I don’t like him (Bowen), I do like him. I’m just talking about filling the boots or competing with the likes of Salah and getting into the team and I just don’t think he’s at that level.”
Bowen has recently shown a lot of quality in David Moyes’ side, but with West Ham on such a good run of form, his minutes have been slightly limited due to so many stars performing well.
West Ham have also been linked with Jesse Lingard who could make a sensational return, and it could push Bowen closer to the exit door.
Liverpool need reinforcements of they are going to maintain a title charge this season, with Chelsea and Manchester City boasting an incredible squad depth which could be the difference come May.
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