Four players on shortlist to replace Coutinho

    Klopp is beginning to prepare for life without Coutinho

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has drawn up a shortlist of targets to replace Philippe Coutinho.

    The German boss has admitted that the decision to sell the Brazil international to Barcelona will ultimately fall to the owners of the club and so has put together a list of targets to replace the twenty-five year old.

    Klopp would need to move quickly to secure any of the four men he has identified given that only two weeks remain in the transfer window before it slams shut.

    Napoli’s Italian international Lorenzo Insigne has emerged as the number one target today, but Klopp concedes that a deal for the twenty-six year old would likely prove to be difficult.

    It is being reported by The Mirror that it would cost £60m to prise him away from the Serie A club – but Klopp’s transfer budget would be substantially increased should Coutinho join Barcelona.

    Twenty-one year old Schalke midfielder Max Meyer is a player who has been regularly linked with a switch to Anfield this past year and he is another player Klopp would be keen to sign should he lose Coutinho to the Catalans.

    Spurs and Bayern Munich are also closely monitoring his situation as he has just one season left on his deal with the Bundesliga club, but he is keen to work with Klopp, it is claimed.

    West Ham United’s Argentine midfield playmaker Manuel Lanzini is another potential option and a very natural successor to Coutinho, given his style of play for the Premier League club.

    But The Hammers are desperately trying to tie him down to a new contract as they anticipate interest from Anfield.

    The final name on the list is that of Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech, who has started being linked with a switch to Anfield in the past week or so following some interest.

    The Morocco international would be likely to be the cheapest option on the list as well as the potentially being biggest gamble given his lack of experience in a top European league.

    But a likely price tag of around £30m could prove to be a deciding factor.

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