Liverpool will host a busy January transfer period. Talk of forward coverage is being discussed and a variety of fringe players are attracting interest from clubs all over Europe.
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Although Liverpool’s Covid-enforced postponement by Arsenal of their League Cup semifinal first-leg against Liverpool means that the Reds won’t have any action on the pitch this week due to the postponement, there is plenty going on off the pitch.
January is set to be Jurgen Klopp’s decisive month as his men prepare to fight on three fronts, without any key figures.
As the Reds have a hectic fixture schedule, Sadio Mene, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita will all be away at the African Cup of Nations.
Anfield has been widely tipped to enter the transfer market, as they are without two-thirds of their forward line. They also face a lot of players who want first-team football elsewhere.
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Liverpool decide Diaz stance
It appears that, despite reports suggesting that Liverpool were close to signing Porto winger Luis Diaz for a contract, this is not true.
The Colombian is now one of Europe’s most popular talents, having scored 14 times in 24 Dragons appearances. He has also been heavily linked to an Anfield switch to cover Salah and Mane.
According to The AthleticSenior club sources insist that a move for the 24-year old is not in Liverpool’s plans this month.
The Reds are believed to value Diaz at around half the worth of his rumoured £67million release clause and view his hefty price tag as too much to pay for a back-up forward.
FabrizioRomano, an expert on transfer, claims that sources at both clubs have denied any talks.
Romano said that Anfield scouts had watched Diaz “five times in the past year”, but that Liverpool have yet to make a proposal for the player to Porto. Such reports are wide of the mark.
Serie A trio in for Origi
With much talk of a new forward arriving to Anfield in the absence Salah and Mane’s, one attacker who might be in danger is club cult favorite Divock Origi.
The Belgian forward has made Anfield legends with his many crucial goals in the last few seasons. But, it is now possible that he may not be the man to free Liverpool from its prison cell.
According to Sky SportsThree Italian teams approached Origi’s representatives to discuss a pre-contract agreement. Lazio was widely reported as being one of his suitors.
According to reports, the 26-year-old striker is out of contract. However, the Reds could extend his contract for one year. This would mean that he would remain at Anfield until 2023.
Origi, despite interest from Italy is likely to prefer staying in the Premier League. However, it is possible for the forward to wait until the summer to consider his options.
Phillips is wanted by Watford
Rival teams are said to be eyeing a number of Liverpool’s squad players. One such name is Nat Phillips, defender.
The 24-year-old had a great season at Anfield, playing on 20 occasions. He was also injured to Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, and Joe Gomez, which gave him many opportunities.
However, the season has been quite different. He made only four appearances this season, but he was outstanding in Liverpool’s 2-1 Champions League win against AC Milan at San Siro in December.
According to Football InsiderWatford have become the latest club in to express interest in Phillips. Claudio Ranieri is looking to add a defender to the ranks of his squad this month.
Phillips is a Serie A and Premier League player who has reportedly been attracting interest from a variety of clubs. Reds believe he would be open to first-team opportunities.
“I’m going to see what comes along [in January] and go from there,”Philips told Sky Sports. “I think at this moment in time it’s unlikely that I’ll be playing lots of games for Liverpool, so if an opportunity arises where I get the chance to do that somewhere else and it suits everyone then it’s certainly something I’d be interested in.