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Four players on shortlist to replace Coutinho

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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.

Meyer back on Klopp’s radar

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Meyer has been impressing for Schalke

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to reignite his interest in Schalke player Max Meyer.

That is according to a report in The Mirror today, who claim that the German international has come back into Klopp’s thinking after Philippe Coutinho handed in a transfer request.

The twenty-one year old has just one more season remaining on his contract with the Bundesliga club and has rejected all offers of an extension from the German club so far.

It is reported in the article that “sources” near to Meyer say that he would be open to the prospect of a move to Anfield to work under compatriot Klopp having been impressed with his previous work with Schalke’s rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp even tried to lure Meyer to Dortmund when the midfielder was a teenager, but he was unable to secure a deal – so it goes to show how long he has been tracking the player.

Liverpool could potentially face some stiff competition for Meyer, should Klopp decide to lodge a bid, as Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are both interested in signing him.

But Spurs are putting their main focus on to securing a deal for Everton’s England international midfielder Ross Barkley – who also has just a year left on his contract and is likely to cost around £50m.

Barcelona plan fresh Coutinho bid

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Coutinho has become a key player under Klopp

Barcelona are set to make a third bid for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

That’s according to a report by The Sunday Express, in which they claim that the Spanish giants will up their next offer to the £100m mark after seeing lower bids immediately turned down by the Reds.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request on Friday afternoon after seeing the second offer rejected and a club statement released in the morning which briefly stated that he would not be leaving Anfield.

“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.” the statement opened.

“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.” it finished.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has intimated that FSG will have the ultimate say on whether Coutinho is sold or not as he tries to focus on the players who want to play for the club.

“You have to ask the club, but I don’t think so because I think it was pretty clear what FSG said about it.” he said.

“I am responsible for the whole team, all the players, so I need to be focused on the players who are available. The players who are not available, I have no influence over it.

“I have to accept decisions from the owners, that’s how it is, and sometimes from the players. At this moment I am just concentrating on my team.” he finished.

Klopp has the Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim on Tuesday to plan for.

Klopp eyes deal for Insigne

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Insigne has become a key player for Napoli

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne his top target to replace Philippe Coutinho.

That’s according to reports in the Sunday newspapers which claim that the Italian has been identified as the man to cover the loss of the Brazil star if he makes the move to join Barcelona.

It is claimed that it would take £60m to secure the twenty-six year old’s signature as the Serie A club are not keen on letting one of their key players leave.

Napoli secured Champions League football for this season and do not want the upheaval of seeing Insigne move on with a need to then sign a replacement.

Klopp is said to view the deal as ambitious and accepts that it would be quite the coup to lure the Italy international away from his boyhood club.

But he will have plenty of funds available to do so if Barcelona come back with an improved offer for Coutinho – who handed in his transfer request on Friday.

There are conflicting reports emerging over Klopp’s position on the Brazilian, but there are plenty of links being made to potential replacements.

Coutinho hands in transfer request

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Klopp does not want to lose Coutinho

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request.

The Brazil international has made the move following FSG making a statement saying that he would not be allowed to leave the club this Summer.

Barcelona have had two offers rejected for the twenty-five year old and this has seen him grow frustrated at not being allowed to make the switch to the Spanish giants.

Manager Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose one of his key players, but he has said in the past that he doesn’t want to keep unhappy players in his squad.

It remains to be seen whether he will maintain that stance following the news that Coutinho has asked to leave.

The club are yet to comment on the request.

Pellegrino hoping to keep Van Dijk

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Van Dijk has made a transfer request in the past week

Southampton are standing firm over Virgil Van Dijk following his transfer request.

The Holland international told the Premier League club that he would like to be allowed to make a move this Summer, but they are refusing to accept it.

And new Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino has said that they are expecting the defender to return to training and revert to being a part of their squad for the new season.

“My reaction is the same.” he said.

“But I said three weeks ago we are expecting him to come back to train with us because we need the player, we need all of them.

“Hopefully he can change his point of view because he is an important player and we need him focused on the club.

“The club was clear from the beginning with the player. We cannot control every situation. Virgil is part of the club, he has a contract, now we are waiting.”

Pellegrino, a former Liverpool player, confirmed that Van Dijk would not be considered for selection for the opening round of fixtures this weekend.

“No because this week he was with some trouble with a virus and he couldn’t train the last two days.” he said.

“I spoke with the player last week, but not too much.

“The club was clear, I was clear, and the player, but we have to keep going because I cannot control the feeling of the player in that moment.” he finished.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City continue to monitor Van Dijk’s position at Southampton.

Has Coutinho made transfer request?

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Klopp does not want to lose Coutinho

Sky Sports are reporting that Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request asking Liverpool to allow him to join Barcelona.

Meanwhile, the Echo are saying that the club have informed them that no such request has been made.

More to follow…

Barcelona switch sights to Eriksen

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Coutinho and Eriksen have emerged as targets for Barcelona

Barcelona are set to end their attempt to sign Philippe Coutinho.

That’s because FSG released a short statement today insisting that the Brazil international would not be leaving Anfield this Summer following two bids from the Spanish club.

Reports today are emerging which claim that the Catalan club will instead try and secure a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Danish international has been in similarly impressive form for the north London based club and would be a good fit for Barcelona – but they are likely to find negotiations with Spurs every bit as difficult.

Chairman Daniel Levy is well-known for being a tough man to deal with and he is likely to dig his heels in over letting Eriksen leave Spurs this Summer – especially as he is one of their key players.

But it is good news for Liverpool supporters following the statement which all but ends Barcelona’s chase for Coutinho – who is yet to make any public comment on the offers from the Spanish club.

Barcelona lost Neymar to Paris Saint Germain last week and are desperately attempting to replace him before the season kicks off.

Juventus set to give up on Can

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Jurgen Klopp is aiming to keep hold of Emre Can this Summer

Juventus are set to admit defeat in their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

The Italian champions have been quietly attempting to lure the Germany international to Turin this Summer and have seen a couple of bids knocked back by the Reds.

And now Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the Serie A winners are set to give up the chase and focus their attention on other targets as the new season approaches.

Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is said to be seen as a viable alternative as they look to bring in midfield reinforcements.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not want to let the former Bayer Leverkusen man make an exit this Summer despite the fact he has just one season remaining on his contract at Anfield.

There have been plenty of talks over the past year or so, but no agreement has been found for Can to put pen to paper on a contract extension to end the speculation over his future.

It is believed that he wants assurances over the amount of game time he will be given going forward.

FSG release Coutinho statement

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Coutinho has been the subject of two bids from Barcelona

Liverpool owners FSG have released a brief statement to clarify their position on the future of Philippe Coutinho.

The American group have posted the short statement on Liverpoolfc.com to leave the fans with no doubts about whether the Brazil international will be joining Barcelona this Summer.

“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.” it reads.

“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.” it finishes.

The Spanish club have made two unsuccessful bids to secure the transfer of the twenty-five year old so far this Summer and the club have rejected them immediately.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is also adamant that the former Inter Milan midfielder will not be leaving Anfield any time soon as Coutinho has become a key part of his team.

Coutinho has not made any public comment on the matter.