Reportedly armed with a transfer war chest of £40 million, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has the funds to seriously strengthen the Reds’ squad during the January window with a view to making a sustained push for the club’s first-ever Premier League title.
With Danny Ings out for the season, Daniel Sturridge enduring a stop-start campaign and Sadio Mané off to the African Nations Cup, Jurgen Klopp has been considering his striker options heading into the business part of the season.
While West Ham remain the front runners for the signature of Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, and have tabled a £20million bid, both Liverpool and Manchester United are reported to be keeping a keen eye on the situation.
Rumours amongst tipsters, such as tipstersreview.co.uk, are currently rife about the potential switches this year, but Nottingham Forest’s prolific young striker, Ben Brereton, is attracting more interest than most it seems. With an impressive 15 goals in just 20 appearances for Forest’s U23s, he has seen scouts reporting back to top flight sides like Liverpool and Man Utd respectively.
The 17-year-old only signed a new deal at the City Ground late last month but if either of the Premiership big-hitters offer serious money for a teenager who, don’t forget, has yet to make a senior appearance, it could seriously test Forest’s resolve to keep hold of him.
If the reports are true, Klopp could blow all his money on a swoop for Bayer Leverkusen’s in-form, £43million-rated playmaker Julian Brandt. That would raise a few eyebrows amongst the Reds’ faithful as strengthening the defence is seen as a priority given the fact Liverpool have conceded more goals (23) than any of their top six rivals.
While James Milner has done a sterling job as a makeshift left-back, the lack of a specialist in that position remains a worry should anything happen to the England man, and question marks continue to persist over the quality Liverpool possess at centre back and in goal. Thankfully for Klopp, Cameroon star Joel Matip is close to making himself available again after recovering from an ankle ligament injury.
Klopp has freed up the best part of £4million following the news that Championship side Reading have agreed a deal to take outcast Tiago Ilori off his hands. The Portugese is on his way to the Royals for £3.75 million, a quarter of a million more than what the Reds paid Sporting Lisbon for the central defender back in 2013. In that respect, it looks a decent bit of business.
However, Paris St Germain have dismissed reports that they are looking to bring the Reds’ out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho back to the French capital. Once a regular presence in the back four, Sakho has slipped right out of the reckoning following a failed drugs test at the back end of last season and further disciplinary issues since have stymied his chances of a first-team recall.
Swede Emil Forsberg, a key figure in turning RB Leipzig into the surprise package of the Bundesliga, is another forward-thinking midfielder to be linked with Liverpool, while Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Inter Milan’s Gabigol are also said to be on Klopp’s radar.